Not the prettiest post….

As bloggers,we all tend to take photos of the best parts of our gardens.The things we want to show off.
But this is a post about the ugly parts of the garden at TheGreatWall.
Those areas that drive you crazy.
The invasive stuff growing in from your neighbors’ yards.The things that they think look lovely.
Like this….IMG_2045 Some weedy tree my neighbor thinks is beautiful,but is now overtaking my garden and leaning on the fence.Along with air potato vines overtaking my jatropha and plumeria.

Speaking of air potato vine
(the bane of all Southern gardeners,along with Kudzu),
last year University of Florida released beetles that are making a headway in the control.
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Hopefully,next year the vine won’t be a problem,but in the meantime I’m left with the above.

Tree roots!
This root….
IMG_2049 …is coming from my neighbor’s Elephant EarTree(another invasive species),which no amount of data will convince him that it’s not a Poinciana.This root,among other smaller ones,is blocking the flow of water from the dry creek bed I put in a few years ago.Which,in turn,is causing that side of the yard to flood.Especially with all the rain we’ve had this summer.
I need a chainsaw!
or a new neighbor….

Skunk Vine!
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This one is an ongoing battle.It sends out deep rooted underground runners,and everyday I have to check for it.It will quickly overtake anything and everything.The weight of the vine will eventually cause the plant to become top heavy and fall over.I’ve,actually,found it trying to grow through the screen of the pool lanai.

Lubbers!
You’ve read here,before,how much I hate them.This year is the worst year ever.Even though I used NOLO Bait,they have been horrible.I’ve been keeping a body count and I know I am over beheading 100(beheading is the only way to kill them).Their only natural predator is the Loggerhead Shrike and their numbers are dwindling,due to loss of habitat.Those lubbers have eaten plumerias,the Hurricane Lilies,the Rain Lilies,all the Amaryllis(even the entire bulb of one),and I have seen them eating the bromeliads and even my Flapjack succulent.But what they have done to the Queen Emma Crinums is beyond words….
IMG_2051 …and this is the best looking one of the four I have growing outside the lanai.I have one growing in a large container inside the lanai.It is beautiful,but I doubt it will ever bloom.
@#$% lubbers!

So,what part of your garden are you unhappy with?

 

 

 

 

 

6 responses to “Not the prettiest post….

  1. Living in the north I haven’t hear of air potato vine, but it certainly does look invasive. I have seen kudzu, and wow! that is a big problem. Hope they have some beetles for that thing. If those roots are on your property I think you should be able to cut them out and get rid of them. I know you can cut anything growing over on your property I don’t see the difference if something is growing “under” your property if it is invading your space.

  2. Sue-I know I can cut that root,but I don’t have a chain saw any more.And it’s a BIG ass root,so I need a BIG chainsaw.I don’t have a problem with kudzu,but the beetles are seeming to be working on the air potato.

  3. I feel your pain, Chris! iT’S HEARTBREAKING TO SEE ALL YOUR BEAUTIFUL HARD WORK BEING TORTURED BY bugs and oblivious people! What part of my garden am I unhappy with? ALL of it, due to no rain and cement for dirt!

  4. I feel your pain, I’m sandwiched between a non- gardener and a gardener, (only in his mind). I really don’t know which is worse, the non gardener has let volunteer oak and cherry trees grow along our fence line, with an ever increasing variety of vines growing in them. The ‘gardener’ started off with 3 crape myrtles which has now turned into 15, because he ‘can’t stand to pull up the pretty seedlings’. Of course, they’re planted right next to our other fence line. In the middle of all that, are overgrown (ugly), golden
    dewdrops. Sorry for ranting, and I hate the lubbers too.

  5. Janice-at least,I have good gardeners on one side.They are trying to be good stewards and want to learn.But my other neighbor(as sweet as they are and they are the best people)are driving me crazy! And feel free to rant on…we all do.

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