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Sky ocean, invasive plants

This morning in the sky ocean, the foam as the waves break on the shore was really sparkling in the light, whereas further out in the sea, the waters seemed quite dark. The sandbars were pale and golden.

Some valerian is coming up in a place quite distant from where it was originally planted. Lovely invasive species! I love invasive plants because they grow so well. I'm going to make up a poem called The Garden of Invasive Weeds--well, I don't always like invasive species. Not so keen on that rosa multiflora, for instance, but that's mainly because it's so SHARP and hard to get through. And giant hogweed sounds pretty scary--glad that's not here yet.

Valerian is invasive, and so is comfrey. They're both in my garden. And creeping thyme keeps creeping out of the garden into the lawn, which is fine, because it smells nice, looks pretty, and doesn't need much care. I'm going to get rid of as much lawn as possible by planting things. Lots of things to eat, like currants and blueberries and strawberries and apples and peaches and raspberries... and vegetables, of course, but they have to be planted each year (except for asparagus and rhubarb... does rhubarb count as a vegetable?... and Jerusalem artichokes, which do double duty as flowers), and wildflowers...

this is all you can see of the valerian right now (actually less than this; the leaves in my garden are still smaller than this)

but it has flowers like this

you make a relaxing tea from its roots... but they smell like smelly feet, unfortunately (unlike the flower, which smells nice)... which cuts down on your desire to drink the relaxing tea.


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Apr. 7th, 2006 11:34 am (UTC)
I think you need to add a picture of the relaxingness to expunge the lingering impression of footness from that link!
Apr. 7th, 2006 12:24 pm (UTC)
Apr. 7th, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC)
I have a poem to send sometime when I dig it up about my garden before it died. It had a lot of volunteers and such that made it interesting. I love this entry. I love plants and your descriptions here. Thanks so much for adding on to the song. I hope we can write a whole song together soon. You can start it if you want. Peace, Nancy
Apr. 11th, 2006 07:18 am (UTC)
I love the word "volunteer" for a plant that just decides to grow somewhere--it's so nice! "Sure, I'll grow here; I volunteer." It's funny because so often you struggle to get something to grow (like for me, here, sweetpeas), whereas other things are just growing and growing and popping up all over the place--some of them really pretty. You don't really get volunteer vegetables much... I'd love to go out and find out that corn or soybeans or cucumbers had up and decided to grow in my garden!
Apr. 11th, 2006 07:59 am (UTC)
Yeah I have a lot of plants that pop up from previous gardens that were back there. It seems these lilies are coming up again. Oh I need to water, it never rained as promised.
Apr. 8th, 2006 09:33 am (UTC)
When I'm done with my plans I shouldn't have to mow the front yard at all. The back may never have anything planted....my dog eats or digs up everything....even with red pepper sprinkled all over it!!! Goober dogs.
Apr. 8th, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
Too bad there's not such a thing as dognip (like catnip)--you could plant the whole back with dognip and then the dogs would be in doggie heaven. That's funny that they don't mind the red pepper stuff--they are clearly Tex-Mex in their tastes!
Apr. 9th, 2006 08:03 am (UTC)
Tex-Mex dogs...too funny...I hadn't thought of that!
Apr. 9th, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)
In my area of Australia there is a species of violet that is often used as a ground cover. I put some in my front garden bed a few years ago. Bad Move. It just doesn't stop growing and chokes azelias. I spent about 3 hours yesterday removing a lot of it. It felt Good.
Apr. 9th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, there's pleasantly thriving and then there's terminator-like destruction of all other plant life. I'm a little worried that a weed called crown vetch that I put at the very front of my yard (because it's salt tolerant and every winter tons of salt is used on the streets and ends up on front lawns, and because it's pretty) will have that same terminator-like personality and I'll be regretting it three years from now. We'll see. I hope your azaleas look gorgeous--but not til next september-october or so, right... since you're heading into winter now. Weird giant planet which is half in night and half in day all the time, and where one part has winter while another has summer. So WEIRD!
Apr. 9th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
I would say rubarb is a vegetable.
I like the sound of your garden. It sounds like a place of growth and tranquility.
Apr. 10th, 2006 07:19 am (UTC)
Online my garden sounds great... that's one thing that I love about livejournal. I can zoom in on one or two things in the garden and talk about them, and then the rest is built in everyone's imagination, and in my imagination. Even in real life, though, it's a nice place. Last summer I was always so happy walking around in it... or walking around it... it's pretty small, really, but I forget that, and it stretches on and on in my mind.
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