Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Gardening Nightmares!

Usually at this time of year I am watching this bed around the Chinese Pistache tree..
watching the bluebonnets grow. Not this year. Instead, I am watching the weeds grow--namely the wild carolina geraniums. Oh I am so mad about all these weeds. I wish you could see how thick they are.
You can see this bluebonnet in the middle of the mess, but this plant is a nice one--most of the bonnets are tiny. There are red poppies planted here as well. I can hardly find them! Grrrr..have I mentioned how angry I am right now!
So this afternoon, I started the tedious job of trying to dig up all the weeds, while trying to pull out the bonnets and poppies and re-plant. This is a job! The roots of the weeds have literally wrapped around the real wildflowers smothering them. It is garden MURDER!! Someone call the garden police! As I sit here trying to calm myself (think a glass of wine would help!) I am thinking I will start tomorrow just digging everything up. If I can save a few bonnets and poppies, great-but if not, so be it. Then as soon as I can, I will get mulch on this area. But..I want to plant zinnia seeds in late spring, and seeds need to touch the dirt...oh my goodness, have I told you how mad and upset I am right now?

So here is my warning--if you see anything in your garden that looks like this--pull it out NOW! It is not wine cup as I thought 2 years ago--it is a wild geranium that will literally take over your garden. When I looked this up on google, the site had a "weed warning" label across the top, so apparently I am not the only gardener with a problem. I am not sure how the weed came to my garden; perhaps rode in with the Pistache tree. But it is time to hit the road you bad, bad geranium! And don't come back!!


tina said...

I have those too but not in the abundant form like yours. They just appear and can really seed everywhere quite easily. Poor bluebonnets! Yes, I think I'd take it all out saving the few seedlings you can find. Good luck. Those weeds can be most pesky but don't worry, a bit of heavy weeding will lift your spirits! It does mine all the time. Have fun!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Thanks for the encouraging words Tina! Lucikly I do see some bonnets in other beds. I have decided to cease planting wildflower seeds in this bed-at least for the time being.

Anonymous said...

Good grief - those weeds just moved in and took over!

Just so you know, I have contacted the Garden Police, the FBI ( the Federal Bluebonnet Investment agency),and the DEA (the Department of Environmental Annuals).

PS: You might want to alert your attorney just in case the WPA gets wind of this...(that would be the Weeds Protection Alliance)

Your sister, whose tongue is nearly always planted firmly in her cheek

Meadowview Thymes said...

Oh Sister Kim---I needed you here this afternoon as my back was killing me and I was digging it all up! Margarita tonight helped me survive quite a bit though!

Reed said...

Weeding is quite a chore but also can be a unique form of meditation.

At least that what I keep telling myself...

Enjoyed your blog!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Reed--normally I would agree with you, weeding is very meditative. I was just upset over losing so many flowers, plus it was really hard work for this old back! :)
Thanks for your comments!

RobinL said...

Ugh, I'd be mad too if I had bluebonnets missing! They are too beautiful to be missed. You were right, that was Dale Chihuly glass work, a permanent installation here. Love it!

CiNdEe said...

I have the same problem with the violets. They took over my whole yard years ago. I love them and in the spring they smell so wonderful but I guess really they are a weed also. But..I don't care because I love them so much when they bloom in the Spring(-: I just have learned to live with them for the most part...lol(-: I also have a bigggg yard so anything filling in works for me.(-: It is so hot here in the Summer and dry and they seem to survive for the most part that is another reason I leave them alone. I also have Mondo Grass that grows freely around. At least it is green(-: Good luck with the wild geraniums...(-: Hope you win your battle!!!!