Sunday, 5 May 2013
Perennial or Life-long?
This is not an overstatement, maybe just a slight exaggeration, but in essence it is horribly true.
In past weeks I have fought and won the battle with some of the aforementioned, but, when it comes to the perennial type a whole different strategy is needed.
It has always been my aim to garden organically, that is, without chemical aid wherever possible, but having won some of the small skirmishes I now find I am in the middle of a full-scale war with the daily encroaching army of brambles, elders, ground-elder, herb Robert, hairy bittercress, cleaver and worst of all, DDDandelions.
You have probably seen the ad' on TV which shows someone spraying one of the 'yellow perils' with a hand-held spray, upon which it apparently 'dies', only to jump up a few feet away, thumbing its nose and laughing its horrible little head off.
This year's display rivals anything I've ever seen before, and every patch of grape hyacinth, or hellebores, or daff's, has a blaze of custard yellow beasts wending its way between, over, around and throughout them.
Every day I pull off their heads quite ruthlessly, and every bud I can see, to no avail. Next day another dozen are blazing away in all their fierce yellowness.
Most of them have roots which are tangled with things I want to keep so I am restricted to trying to dig out only those which are foolish enough to stand alone.
This in itself demands Herculean strength, since the long, long tap roots appear to be aiming for Australia, and it is necessary to use a pick and wear a Davy Lamp on my head to get at them.
Having dug one out successfully, I then sting myself (did I mention nettles?) and have to put gloves on for the rest of the battle.
I've tried swearing at them, but they just put their leaves over their heads and sing loudly.
It's beginning to look as though I will just have to stay indoors and sulk till the season is over.
Did I mention, I hate yellow?
Posted by Ray Barnes at 7:21:00 pm