Friday, July 04, 2008
The weed jungle experiment
Ever since we moved in, the two beds alongside the alley and the back of the garage have been a mixed blessing. They get full southern and western exposure and have been great for plants that need sun, especially roses. But the HUGE caveat is that they are inaccessible. None of the hoses really reach and the one soaker barely has a trickle by the time the water gets that far.
And the weeds. So far I have done no weeding in these beds and the results are as follows.
Weed jungle #1 (top). This has an unknown rambler, the climbing Golden Showers, just out of its first bloom, oriental lilies, and a ton of fleabane and less attractive weeds. You see the edge of a massive pokeweed on the right.
Weed jungle #2 (above). This has what I took to be a failed transplanted Carefree Beauty, some always-bud-blasted Obdam double daffs, knautia, rusty hollyhocks, Rose of Sharon, and LOTS of weeds. I thought at least I should take the dead Carefree Beauty out, but I saw leaves on it. You can’t really see it behind the weeds.
I’m wondering what will happen if I leave them alone. It is such a pain, as the weeds are virulent back here and I just don’t have the time to deal with it. Everything has to be hand-watered, and the water tends to run out into the alley. It’s an alley, for chrissakes! Why can’t I have weeds here? Except I look at my neighbors carefully maintained alley beds and sigh.