Sounds fancy when I say it that way, doesn’t it? Well what I am talking about is Bishops Weed, looking especially photogenic after being burnt by the sun over the summer, and then having its leaves nipped by cold temperatures. As I’ve said before, I hate it! It should have never been planted in the FULL SUN in the front of our house (I did not plant it) and it is impossible to get rid of. Last spring, after asking lots of folks for advice, I decided I was just going have to buck up and buy some Round-up, I purchased their foam product figuring it would be easier to control possible overspray that way. I started on a small patch, wanting to get the hang of it, and applied, then reapplied, then reapplied. I kid you not I must have applied 5 times over a couple weeks. It would get knocked back but then it just kept coming back! Since I wasn’t so thrilled at the idea of repeated (15? 20?) applications of Round-up, I gave up. So this year I’m issuing myself a little challenge, this is my winter gardening project (people claim you can garden year ‘round here in Portland, right?). I’m going to start digging it up. The ground will be wet, easier to dig (plus that way I can get really muddy too!). I’ll make a mess, but its winter…the garden is always a mess then anyway. Come early spring hopefully I’ll be victorious in my battle with the evil weed! I’ll no doubt need to order a little new (clean) gravel to cover my mess and fill the holes, then at the same time I can also get rid of our silly inherited concrete retaining wall blocks. Most of them aren’t holding back a thing, just making an imaginary divide between the border along the house and the garden beyond. For the areas where a bit of ground does need to be held in place (like along the driveway, as shown above) I hope to do something like this (photo by Kelly Kirkpatrick and found on her blog, Floradora)… Fabulous, no?
I’m not looking forward to this project, but I figure by announcing my intentions here I’ll know you’re all watching, and I’ll have to follow through. And my eventual reward will be shopping for new succulents to plant in the metal tubes; you know I do love plant shopping!
So…do you have a winter garden project?