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Weeds that aren't weeds - are they?


If you’ve looked at any of my garden photos you will know that I have lots and lots of Erigeron karvinskianus, and it seeds itself everywhere – including in beween the cobbles and brick edges of my steps! Now if I owned Hestercombe Garden I could just leave them, as they do there, and be famous for my ‘Daisy Steps’. However, I don’t and my husband says the steps just look messy! So I spent ALL today scraping them out.

Earlier this week, I weeded them out from the cobbles where my plinth stands.

And I’ve taken them out of the right hand steps too. This is what they looked like befiore I started.

At the top of these steps is a paved area (where I sit in the sun…haha) This is tidy too! I do feel virtuous. I use an old awl and a narrow bladed trowel to get them out, but I can’t bear to clear them all away. They are so pretty, so I do leave some.

After all, they aren’t weeds, are they? At the Garden Centres they sell for several pounds a pot!


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I wish I could get them to seed everywhere, or just to grow atall. I have a small clump that has just about lasted two years in a tub and brought from my old garden. This is I think the fourth or fifth one I've bought, they always seem to die off. What's the secret ?
By the way , I was reading Irish's blog and I'm sorry to hear about your misfortune with the tree falling down. Hope it didn't do too much damage.

30 May, 2008


I really don't know. I am very nasty to them, and cut them back hard each year! They thrive on this treatment! Would you like some seedlings to try? Send me your address and we'll have a go! Thanks for the sympathy about the tree. We spent a whole hour pulling the HUGE branch back upright and wiring it into position. It has squashed several plants, of course! The tree will have to go in the autumn/winter. Now I've got to think of something to replace it!

30 May, 2008


I sympathise. I'm in a similar situation over helxine. I like it most places, my wife doesn't. I reckon a 'weed' is an unwanted plant growing in the 'wrong location'. Life goes on.

BTW Is that a 'Glasnevin' on the wall?

1 Jun, 2008


Ceratinly is! It flowers and flowers... getting a bit elderly now and could probably do with a heavy prune - if it would survive it!

1 Jun, 2008

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