*JAP* SO WHO’S AN ACHING LITTLE GARDENER?


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Me, that’s who!
But the glow of satisfaction is warming my sore hands and aching lower back. Oh! The aged bod.
Mid-winter is the time to oil my secateurs and lay waste to the straggling fuschia, the lanky geraniums and the snail munched canary creeper. Snip, Snip, and off they come. Pausing constantly to yank out the indigenous foxglove which is the most persistent plant on the planet, so far as I’m concerned. I use it as ground cover, but somehow the plant didn’t get the message, because it has rooted itself into every pot and tub on my patio with gusto. I’ve seen pics of the rioting vegetation swarming over the deserted area area around Chernobyl in Russia, so if Koeberg ever blows its lid, a mere fifteen kays away from my house, I am quite confident that the good old foxglove will shake off the radiation in no time, and proceed to envelop everything within a ten kay radius. Plant power versus nuclear power. You’d better believe it.

*JAP* Just a Paragraph to keep my blog ticking over whilst I’m working on longer writing projects.

 

 

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8 responses to “*JAP* SO WHO’S AN ACHING LITTLE GARDENER?

  1. I never knew the foxglove was so invasive. I have a problem with mascari which pop up everywhere in my gravel paths. I never planted them but birds must pick up the bulbs from somewhere and drop them. At least they are pretty

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  2. Charlotte

    Oh, how I identify – especially regarding my back! (I wear plastic gloves for my hands). But I love my garden: Plants that I used to pull out and consider as ‘unwanted weeds’, I now regard as having ‘precious persistence’ – and bringing beauty to the ground without the grind.

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  3. I wonder if the invasive foxglove that is tormenting you is the same variety that we see in the US. I have never heard of an invasive foxglove…lovely post.

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    • I suspect not. The plant in my garden has small, glossy, dark green leaves, is a groundcover, and has a small dainty white bell shaped flower. I’m aware of the European Foxglove, my Mum grew them (in the heart of tropical Africa, mind you) and they were tall plants, with flowers arranged either side of the single stem – can’t remember the colour – mauve, maybe?

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  4. Fabulous JAP! Very interesting about the foxgloves

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  5. I enjoy your humor! 😂

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