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Another Garden Volunteer

At this rate, I'm not going to have to buy anything.  It is, however a bit of a drag to have to leave areas unweeded until I can figure out which are the "weeds" and which are the "flowers."

Today's discovery is wild foxglove - digitalis grandiflora.  It's quite pretty, and apparently very hardy from what I read.  I'm leaving a few where I find them, and moving a bunch into my new garden area where I can actually *see* them.

And before anyone howls  - yes, I know that they're poisonous.

So far I've found wild hyacinths, european ginger, lady's mantle, columbine, bleeding hearts, and one coneflower.  Oh, and the pretty white things that I don't know what they are.  I'll be posting pictures of that once it blooms.



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Jun. 1st, 2010 08:56 am (UTC)
I wouldn't bother howling. Doesn't everybody know that digitalis is deadly poison? (They make potent heart medication that actually changes the way your heart beats with it so it's definitely not something to screw around with.)

Anyway that doesn't matter a bit as long as you don't have a child or pet who is likely to take a nibble and be in a situation where they can DO so, as I'd assume that YOU don't regularly eat your garden plants.
Jun. 1st, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
I don't grow edibles, so no, I don't generally eat my garden plants. Charlotte appears to be past the "exploring the world one mouthful at a time" phase, and I showed it to Bob so that he knows what it looks like.

You would be surprised at how many people would throw a fit that I wasn't ripping out every seedling to protect my child. I know some people like that. But I'm pretty sure they're already convinced I'm a bad parent for reasons entirely unrelated to my garden. :-)

I was thinking of you yesterday as I was yanking out more mats of ajuga. I decided to pull everything I could find in order to get the front of the house under control - it'll be back. It looks much better out there after a couple day's worth of work. I just feel defeated every time I look at the back, but I'll just tackle it one area at a time, and hopefully by the end of the year it'll be neat. That's my hope.
Jun. 1st, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
My uncle mowed the lawn and the spill-over of ajuga is gone now. It WILL grow back, though. Crazy stuff! If it weren't so pretty in early/mid May, it'd be nothing better than a super-entrenched, vigorous weed.

I'd mention digitalis if I thought the person might not KNOW it was poisonous, just in case they DO have children or animals that take taste-tests in the garden (because some people do have that risk, though honestly most animals don't seem to randomly eat garden plants and have an instinct for the poisonous ones even if they ARE prone to sampling.)

However, usually if people even use the word 'digitalis', they already know better. (Does anyone not recognize digitalis as a heart med?) It's the folks who say only 'foxglove' that I'd feel more rushed to say 'hey, just so you know...deadly poisonous in even small amounts, don't let anyone or thing chomp on it unless you don't mind if their heart stops'. Because those persons to me seem like they might be in more risk of not even knowing it's poisonous.

Honestly, I don't think it's a big deal to plant poisonous stuff, even with a baby around. When are you ever going to just let a child so young that they're still randomly putting anything into their mouth be outside unsupervised? By the time they're old enough to be out unsupervised for even a few minutes, they're also old enough to understand when you tell them 'don't touch this plant'.

But then, I'm not parently. Really not.
Jun. 1st, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
"Crazy stuff! If it weren't so pretty in early/mid May, it'd be nothing better than a super-entrenched, vigorous weed."

I know! When I pulled the first bunch out, I really felt kind of bad because it was so pretty. But yesterday when I went and looked at it, it was just a big mat of flat, spreading ugly. So out it went! Luckily I never had any expectation that it would stay gone, so I won't be disappointed when it all re-sprouts.

"But then, I'm not parently. Really not."

Apparently, neither am I. And yet somehow she's thriving.

Frankly, I'm more worried about poison ivy, because she WILL *touch* everything. I found three new patches over the weekend, and I forgot to pick up Round-Up when I ran my lunch errands, darn it. I'll spray those and pull them out, but I think the yard is pretty clear of it. Those three patches are in places she shouldn't be without us anyhow.

Even if it is hot and muggy, I'd rather be out there than in here right now.
Jun. 2nd, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
white flower
Why wait for the blossoms? Some of us might recognize the leaves too!
Jun. 2nd, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
Re: white flower
Um, because if *I* could identify it I wouldn't need to wait for the blooms?...
Jun. 2nd, 2010 12:34 pm (UTC)
Re: white flower
Ah. So you mean you can't even find the plant until the blossoms form? Got it.
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