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Friend or foe?


I have a confession. I might be growing huge weeds in my garden on purpose. Well, sort of on purpose.

Gardening guru Margaret Roach likes to identify her weeds and her reasoning makes sense: If you know what it is, you will know how to get rid of it. And I can safely say that I know most of the common weeds in my yard very well. (As for how to get rid of them, the answer seems to be the same for all of them: pull them out one by one, by the root and try like heck to keep them from coming back.) But I don’t know all of them and frankly, I guess I don’t really want to know at this point.

This spring the garden was is a big mess. We’ve had cooler temperatures and oodles of rain, which apparently is the perfect scenario for weed growth. I wasn’t planning to mulch this year (I don’t like to do it every year), but I finally gave in because I’m sick of pulling weeds from the same places repeatedly.

When I was weeding an area of the main garden I came across a trio of plants that I wasn’t sure about. Friend or foe? They happened to be close to where I grew Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ last year and the fact that there were three of them in sort of a clump lead me to believe these were intentionally placed there. There was no other sign of the Agastache and I thought it was a pretty hardy plant to I would be surprised if they didn’t come back. I looked at the leaves and that the leaves of another Agastache I had just brought home from a plant sale and they looked, well, similar.

So I left the mysterious plants and they have grown. A lot. One of them is a full 5 feet tall, which is taller than I seem to recall the Agastache being last year, although I have found reference to it being up to 4 feet tall.

The mystery plants do have square stems, which is good sign for the “friend” column as Agastache has square stems (as part of the mint family) but as they’ve grown, they bear less resemblance to the new Agastaches I picked up this year.

I won’t have to wait long for this mystery to be solved. The plants have buds and will bloom soon. Who is placing bets?


If you don’t follow The Impatient Gardener on Facebook or Instagram, you might have missed the new addition to the family. It’s a temporary one, though. A robin (I’ll never accuse them of being the smartest birds) built a nest in the fiscus tree spending the summer on the deck within a week of it going outside. She laid an egg a day starting Friday and now has a full clutch of four eggs (according to what I can find, this is the number robins prefer) and she’ll now start incubating them. In about two weeks there should be babies. Since the nest is located a mere three feet from the patio table, it should be easy to keep an eye on what’s happening.


June was a busy month and I didn’t get to blog nearly as much as I wanted to (nor did I spend much time visiting my favorite blogs), but hopefully I’ll do some catching up in July. I’ve been thinking about it, and I often talk about “keeping it real” here, yet I’m reluctant to show you much of the garden unless it’s looking its best. Well no more. Sometime over the next week, I’m going to take you on a little tour of the garden, however it is looking when I do it. I’m not sure if it will be photographic tour or a video tour (the downside is that then you have to listen to my Midwestern twang), but I’m going to do it, weeds and all. 
The Garden Appreciation Society is going so great and I’m having so much fun with it. Look for this week’s link-up tonight or tomorrow morning.

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2 Responses

  1. I finally pulled out something that was growing all this season with no sign of blooms. It was in a spot suggesting I planted it last year but I had no notes or recollection of what it might be, so out it went. Also have dozens (hundreds) of tiny seedlings of I don't know what. Never saw them or had this issue before. Could it be my calamintha nepeta nepteta that is supposedly sterile? Hope not, as I just added more of that plant. Ugh, weeds!

  2. Have no idea what you're growing there, Erin. Should be interesting once the flowers open. I wish there was some sort of way to identify things on an App. I know that there's one for trees called "Leaf It" that we use now and then. Just don't know if there's one for flowers. Not that I have an IPhone but hubby does.

    Can't wait to see the "real" garden. I'm in the same boat – the garden is going crazy because of the weather and I haven't been able to work in it because of the busted ankle. All that changed yesterday when the cast came off!!

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