Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Trumpet Creeper Creeping Into My Blueberries
This is one of my favorite native vines, Trumpet Creeper.
"Creeper" is a great name for it, because that IS exactly what it will do ... creep into and onto everything ... which is kind of neat if you plant it in the right spot ... which I did not.
Years ago, I stuck a little rooted piece into the ground near a garden fence. I pictured a vine covered fence with hummingbirds dancing from blossom to blossom.
The Trumpet Creeper sprig pictured itself as the dominant plant in the garden and immediately sent out runners.
I battle it constantly, but love it too much to "kill" it.
"Creepy" thinks my blueberry plants are some kind of neat trellis that I installed just for it's climbing pleasure.
I did not.
Like a grape vine, it can take being completely mutilated and still spring back, so that is what I do.
From time to time, I whack the nectar out of it, and then enjoy my breathing space for a few months while it slowly plans a new attack. It's really blooming like crazy now since I cut down an oak tree that had overshadowed the blueberry patch. The increased sunlight not only improved my blueberry bushes, it also jump-started Creepy.
The blueberries are still ripening almost faster than we can keep up with them. Take a look at that guy above!
We had a peach, blueberry, pecan cobbler for desert last week. Not too shabby!
The home aquaculture system is up and running so I am including a short, narrated video to explain how it works. It's a quick fly through of the system.
Sorry for the abrupt ending, my memory card filled up just as I was about to close.
I now have pregnant shrimp by the way, so just when I thought I could relax, I have to set up a nursery and a brine shrimp hatchery to feed the upcoming larval prawns.
More on that when I know what the hell I'm doing.