Friday, July 25, 2008
Creeping catastrophe, Batman!
Even if thousands of people were NOT going to be looking at my garden this weekend (but they are, they are, they are!), this would bother me. I’ve sort of noticed it, but yesterday I took a good hard look at the groundcovers surrounding the pond, and many are almost completely eaten. The creeping jenny in particular is pretty much down to stem.
I had seen damage, had sprinkled some slug repellent, had cut it back (usually that works with the lamium) but nothing seems to have helped. Well, it’s unacceptable. So I enabled myself to go to the nursery and buy an assorted mix of more plants than I will need, including some ajuga, a new bigger-leafed type that spreads wonderfully; some St. John’s Wort (I guess, I had never seen this chartreuse type before); and a couple other things, including some new jenny. Because I can’t stand looking at it. These plants will fill in nicely. They will look like a new planting, but that will work around the pond. There is some established campanula and dicentra that will give it backbone. Not to mention the lilium, shrubs, and vines.
I also bought an orchid for one of the guest rooms, to add to the other 3, so Michele or Susan will think I have amazing success with orchids. Ha.
(Sorry for this image—it’s too blue. I took it while I was driving, with the flash off.)