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Garden Reports and Rejoicing – June 23

I love my self-seeding annuals and biennials and Poison Ivy Acres is an informal, cottage-style garden that accommodates these plants well. But as I’ve said many times in the past, just because plants have seeded and grown in a particular location doesn’t mean that they should always be allowed to stay there. Sometimes we need to think of our gardens like the attic or garage: things might have been deposited there, but occasionally it’s time to clear them out.

The feverfew is in full flower in my gardens so I can clearly see where it’s taking over and needs to be edited. Fortunately this is an easy plant to pull. It took just over an hour and the entry garden looks so much better! Suddenly I can see and appreciate the Nepeta, day lilies, Calamintha and other perennials that grace this garden. Tomorrow the feverfew will get cleared from other beds as well. I plan to cut some of this for bouquets before uprooting the rest of the plants.

Whether it’s in a basement, garage, attic or garden, clearing out clutter is so satisfying.

The tiny white feverfew blossoms are pretty, and they make a good cutting flower, but too much is TOO MUCH.

After pulling two thirds of the feverfew in the entry garden. MUCH better.

"Thanks for your willingness to grow," I say to these pulled plants.

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