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What's your favourite bit of the garden this month?

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Post by Dandelion on 31st August 2014, 10:52 am

I can tell you what my least favourite bit of the garden is at the moment - a few years ago we went to a area of wilderness in Wales (Kenfig) and Mr P saw hawkbit growing wild there. He thought it was lovely with its orange flowers, and I hunted down some seeds. What a mistake - after cossetting this wretched seeds and then the little plants as ifthey were fragile, I planted some around the garden in flowerbeds, never expecting them to spread so fast, then choke other plants. I've been hand digging them for the last few years, but this morning as I saw them approaching a lovely crocosmia which I bought from the garden at Great Dixter I snapped, and sprayed them with weedkiller. I hardly ever use the stuff, but this was a cause for grave concern.

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Post by freebird on 31st August 2014, 11:56 am

Dandelion - I have a similar tale to tell. Many many years ago I saw a shrubby sort of thing growing. It had lovely pink bottle-brush flowers. I took cuttings, and once rooted, planted them in the garden. For a few years I was very pleased with them and they made pretty cut flowers.

Now, though, the wretched plant (a form of Spirea), has spread via really tough roots along the entire 50 feet of border, amongst other long established shrubs, and gone under the fence next door. I'm gradually eradicating it, but the ONLY way to shift it is to work at the roots with a pick axe! Glyphosate doesn't touch it. And even though I think I might be winning, next door is infested and it keeps coming back under the fence.
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Post by Dandelion on 31st August 2014, 11:10 pm

Oh dear - I wonder which plant would win in a head-to-head!!

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