Monday, April 02, 2007
Johnny Campsis Root
It rooted and grew into a vigorous vine until finally it was time to fly free in real soil and take it's chances. I planted it along a corner of the garden fence and it thrived.
Big mistake that.
It really, really thrived.
Turns out, Trumpet Creeper may be beautiful and a super hummingbird plant, but it is also a rampant spreader. So now I battle it constantly in my blueberry patch and among my grapevines. Part of that battle is pulling up the many Creeper babies that sprout hither and yon.
Yesterday, I pulled up thirty or so in about five minutes. Now ... I still love this plant, I just love it away from controlled areas of PF. So I gathered my bundle of Creeper babies and "The World's Greatest Shovel" (it says that on the handle) and headed out along the fence line.
Sometimes, you don't have to wait years to see the benefits of a helping hand. You might remember a post last fall about making mason bee shelters from some bamboo trimmings. It seems to bee working.