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Old 07-29-2011, 03:36 PM   #41
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The geum showing seed heads in your photo havalotta sure looks like a Dr Seuss plant, wacky but wonderful.

What about pokeweed, should it stay?
I'm always so conflicted about this native.
Good for the birds, dramatically large and attractive, but if I leave them I'll have hundreds next year in a small garden.
It looks so good at the base of the native honeysuckle.
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Old 07-29-2011, 03:42 PM   #42
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Yes it does now that you mention it!
Depends upon how young you feel.
I built built built... added added and added to the beds up until last year when I finally decided I have WAY too much that needs special attention.
I started ripping out the seed spitters....and tossed them all into one bed for this year. This year.... even more of those that didn't blend well are being eliminated for next years display. I've been toying with removing that one entirely but it is the only one I see in a bedside view.
Sooooo it stays, for now anyway....
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Old 07-29-2011, 03:44 PM   #43
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What about pokeweed, should it stay?
I'm always so conflicted about this native.
Good for the birds, dramatically large and attractive, but if I leave them I'll have hundreds next year in a small garden.
It looks so good at the base of the native honeysuckle.

I have a large enough space for it, so I let it go.

It *seems* to prefer disturbed ground for germinating...I've been here for 3 1/2 years and it has not seeded itself into many places...seems to be mostly where I've added things--either because birds perch on the newly planted trees and such leaving droppings with its seeds...or because the ground was disturbed by my digging there--or both.
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Your photo does show it off very nicely.

I think it makes a great addition to a hedgerow.
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I don't think I would keep it if I didn't have the room. You really have to watch them, even the young ones develop a big tap root early and snap off easily when you try to pull them unless the soil is very soft. The birds will love them, thus the seeding around in places you might not want it. I keep the ones far from the cultivated gardens but not near the house. I still end up pulling babies all year round.
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When you disturb ground it is like planting the seeds laying dormant on top.
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When you disturb ground it is like planting the seeds laying dormant on top.
True. Good point.
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Old 07-29-2011, 04:14 PM   #48
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The geum showing seed heads in your photo havalotta sure looks like a Dr Seuss plant, wacky but wonderful.

What about pokeweed, should it stay?
I'm always so conflicted about this native.
Good for the birds, dramatically large and attractive, but if I leave them I'll have hundreds next year in a small garden.
It looks so good at the base of the native honeysuckle.
I pull it wherever I see it. And I see it plenty! Sometimes, if there is a favorite spot that birds go to, like a bare branch on a snag, under it hundreds of little seedlings will start up.

If you don't mind pulling weeds incessantly, let it grow. If weeding repeatedly gets to you, get rid of it! Yes, the birds love it. They love it so much that they all eat it and spread it everywhere. It's a very successful strategy that plant has. Also, I find it growing in places that haven't been "disturbed" in years. The only thing "disturbed" is me, when I have to stop whatever I'm doing when I spot it and start weeding.
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:08 PM   #49
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Ok....What the heck is it? Not the Chicago sunrise lilly but the vine.
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I thought it to be a self sown cantaloupe or cuke at first but now it's looking more like the blob and it's taking over the entire area...

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The florals are telling me I didn't luck out with it being one of the edibles with like leaves.
Equill...That's the one I pointed out to you growing in the pits where I toss the fresh fruit and veggie scraps.
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Ok....What the heck is it? Not the Chicago sunrise lilly but the vine.
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I thought it to be a self sown cantaloupe or cuke at first but now it's looking more like the blob and it's taking over the entire area...

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The florals are telling me I didn't luck out with it being one of the edibles with like leaves.
Equill...That's the one I pointed out to you growing in the pits where I toss the fresh fruit and veggie scraps.
Looks like wild cucumber/bur cucumber to me, Despite its name it is not edible.

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