Thursday, 10 May 2007 10:49 pm
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I was going to plant morning glories for the front trellis, but every single person who knows plants has said, "watch out, they will take over."

This evening, I talked to a gardener who repeated the line about taking over. They're annual, but unless I'm strict about picking up the flowers all spring (summer?), the seeds will germinate everywhere they can reach, the following spring.

"Oh oh," says I. The trellis is just on the edge of our lot, and the flowers would be planted in our neighbour's grass, and she's a bit particular about her grass. I know this because she was worried when I asked her if she minded me planting morning glories just at the edge. I promised her I'd investigate further before planting.

Jeanette, this evening, recommended Clematis. It's perennial and has pretty blue flowers. And doesn't muscle out the grass or require daily flower/seed cleanup.

...The tulips finally sprouted, but they seem to be a week or so behind everybody else's. Either we have worse soil, late bloomers, or everyone else is more gourmet with their plants' feedings and waterings and little Plant Waldorf School. I wonder if we can send ours for tutoring.

Date: Friday, 11 May 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Our tulips are blooming right now as well. I suspect with us, it's because they're right up underneath some evergreens, and only get sun during the early hours of the morning. The soil there won't be as warm as everywhere else.

Date: Friday, 11 May 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We can enroll them for tutoring together..

Date: Friday, 11 May 2007 08:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
axaxaxaxa. u are monster.

Date: Friday, 11 May 2007 02:28 pm (UTC)

Date: Friday, 11 May 2007 11:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Sweet pea and wisteria are lovely climbers as well. Clematis tends to want a lot of sun to be at its best, though not as much as climbing roses.

Bulbs will be slower than average if they get less sun than most and/or are in a cooler area. If your tulips are close to the northish-facing side of the house, coming up now would be about right.

I'll be spending part of the weekend remediating the vegetable garden with Boy after Wednesday evening's tromping episode.

Date: Friday, 11 May 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes. The tulips are on the north side of the house. And I bet the earlier-blooming northerly-facing tulips I noticed had been fertilized.

*sigh* :)

Date: Friday, 11 May 2007 11:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
everyone else is more gourmet with their plants' feedings and waterings and little Plant Waldorf School

I get bigger, longer-lasting blooms when I remember to use bulb food according to directions; timing of the flowers and plants popping up is more related to temperature.

If you should find yourself planting bulbs, using a slow release fertilizer (e.g. bulb food) mixed in the soil under the bulbs is one of those seekrit gardnerian majicks.

Date: Friday, 11 May 2007 12:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love clematis. They're so beautiful.

Date: Friday, 11 May 2007 02:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It sure looks pretty.

take over?

Date: Sunday, 13 May 2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
matt and i have planted morning glories for the past two summers at the edge of our vegetable garden and have never noticed that they 'take over'. they do self-seed, but if your neighbour is mowing her lawn regularily, i can't imagine they'd survive in her yard.

i'd say go for the morning glories. i think they're my favorite climbing flower: dead easy to grow and very pretty!

Re: take over?

Date: Monday, 14 May 2007 01:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Huh. OK. Guess I'll find out myself, because I'm going to stick morning glories in the back yard on another trellis..

Amusingly enough (to me, I guess), I saw my neighbour today and she said she looked into morning glories and didn't want them spreading in her yard.

"Oookay," says I.

Fortunately, she likes Clematis.

Neighbour negotiations are tricky, sometimes. :)

Re: take over?

Date: Tuesday, 15 May 2007 10:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It doesn't help that she's crazy.

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