Love/Hate Plant Relationships…

You got any? After ten minutes of trying to pull up some weeds and yank some vines down, I sure do. And here’s the first one:


Black-eyed Susan Vine, also called Clock Vine (Thunbergia alata) is simply gorgeous when it stays where you want it to stay. But it will take off during the summer (especially when you’ve been AWOL from the garden for months) and cover everything in its path. It is an annual, so it will die, but it will leave behind a LOT of seeds that come rushing back in the spring, each year. 

Now if you wonder why a mere ten minutes of yanking this out of my trees, off of my shrubs, and down from the roof of the Bali hut is such a big deal, I’ll tell you. Because it is 95 degrees in my back yard today. NINETY-FIVE! And ten minutes is the absolute maximum I can take before I run back inside to cool down again, cursing the black-eyed Susan vine every step of the way. It’s bloomin’ HOT out there, pardon my pun. So I wish I didn’t have to deal with this vine smothering all its neighbors, beautiful or not.

What grows in your garden or yard that you love the look of, but hate dealing with? (Not counting lawns. I don’t know why anyone, anywhere grows grass, so I’m going to ignore that for the purposes of this post.) What troubles you to the point that you really want to get rid of it, but like the flowers or fruit or leaves so much, you just can’t bring yourself to do so? I’d love to know.


2 thoughts on “Love/Hate Plant Relationships…

  1. Creeping Charlie in my neck of the woods is a small leafed plant that grows flat against the ground and is very annoying. I wonder if it’s the same thing? Even worse than that one is artillery fern, which explodes all over the place and spreads faster than you can imagine. Luckily, it pulls up easily, but any little pieces of it left behind will start spreading again. I’m still trying to get it and the beautiful but dreadfully invasive blue penstemon out of my garden. That one spreads via thousands of seeds PLUS underground roots that pop new plants up all over creation. Too much of a good thing, for sure.

    Nice to see you here, Sue. I’m trying to get back to my regular blog posting again after months spent writing my book. Can’t wait for even slightly cooler weather, so I can work outside for longer than ten minutes at a stretch!


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