Garden chores

I need to take some of this twine and go work on my dilapidated garden.  The salt peas have gone crazy and covered every inch of the fence that they can, still improbably blooming on the very fringes.  I trained one intrepid volunteer up the leg of the back porch, where it has now locked its curly feelers into the screen door and the pink blossoms wave back and forth every time we open or close the door.  I probably go through a ball of this stuff every spring just to tie the salt peas up onto the fence instead of letting them crawling through the flowerbed in search of grass. 

Now that it’s feeling like fall, it’s time to clean up the garden a bit and remove dangling snips of twine that have disintegrated.  As much as I hate the chain link fence separating my neighbor’s back yard and ours, having it covered in dead vines looks worse during the winter.  At least I’ve managed to wage war on the wintergreen, nasty invasive stuff – a good pruning at the roots several times has brought the beast down with my neighbor’s blessing.  It’s still sending up searching tendrils, so perhaps another pruning before the frosts would be a good idea.

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2 thoughts on “Garden chores

  1. At least you only have one type of plant that you’re waging war against; back at my parents’ house we had two: n invasive ivy that came up from the neighbor’s yard, it grew underground and then popped up wherever it could, it would then climb tree trunks and strangle its support as it reached ever skyward for better access to sunllight. And then, on the other side of the hill was the Pampas grass, an atrociously dangerous plant; sharper than bamboo leaves, though fortunately it didn’t grow quite as fast as that. But the stuff was impossible to kill, we literally took a chainsaw to the root base after hacking off all the leaf blades, similar to the way professionals do stump grinding on trees, and all it served to do was spread the remains around and it would just pop up in another area a couple months later. Oh and did I mention its “flowers”? The pollen from those stalks made it look like it was snowing in San Diego; a mess the likes of which made me plan the scale of all future landscaping ventures I might engage in to revolve solely around how hard it will be to clean up after.

    • Ouch! That’s a bad combination – you know people actually PAY for Pampas grass? It’s insane! Our house in Atlanta had a back yard full of privit – that stuff is horrible, couldn’t kill it even with the nasty strong chemicals and it grows fast – cleared the whole thing out one year, and by the next year it was back. I’m not really an environmentalist, but invasive plants are a good argument for it.

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