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OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

April 19, 2010
3:17 PM

Post #7718927

We've all heard it - 'Friends don't let friends buy annuals.' Well, I for one always end up with a few favorite annuals. So I have a new one...'Friends don't let friends plant yarrow'!! I have spent an hour or two every night for a week digging up a patch in the driveway that I managed to let get out of control.

So finish the sentence in the subject with something you recommend avoiding. I can already think of a few more, but let's hear from you.

slcdms

slcdms
Ripley, MS

April 19, 2010
7:06 PM

Post #7719658

Friends don't let friends buy things that are already growing in their yards-lol
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

April 19, 2010
9:07 PM

Post #7719986

Amen sandra!! I'm giving away my yarrow now LOL
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

April 20, 2010
3:52 PM

Post #7722024

Sandra, that's a good one. Sorta like daylilies? Kathy-Ann, I love the look of yarrow, but it can be invasive.

slcdms

slcdms
Ripley, MS

April 20, 2010
3:54 PM

Post #7722029

Yes, this is true- we all check our lists twice before making any orders-LOL

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

April 20, 2010
7:48 PM

Post #7722660

Yarrow is not invasive for me - yet!! I put some Kathy Ann gave me in the front bed this year. That may be a different story!
gardenergail
Bay, AR
(Zone 7a)

April 21, 2010
10:14 PM

Post #7726218

Creeping jenny, common mums, bronze leaf fennel, and lemon balm are what I am having problems with!
gen2026
Camden, AR

April 27, 2010
7:44 AM

Post #7741799

Is the bronze leaf the kind the butterflies love? I didn't realize it was invasive... bet you have plenty of butterflies though!

I NEED to plant some host plants for butterflies - not to mention some food sources. Guess I need to visit the bfly forum...

Genna
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

April 27, 2010
4:50 PM

Post #7743278

Genna, I'm working on butterfly attractions too, but too much yarrow is not worth it. I still have some in another area where I will not let it get out of hand. I don't know about the bronze leaf variety. Mine is just green. Maybe there are other varieties not so prone to spread.
Listen to us...every time someone mentions a new plant, we want one. Friends don't let friends buy one of every plant on the planet!!
gardenergail
Bay, AR
(Zone 7a)

April 30, 2010
7:33 AM

Post #7750899

Well, if you remember to PREEN around it (bronze-leaf fennel) you probably wouldn't have a problem, Genna! Yes, swallowtail catarpillars love it! It is beautiful, too, I just keep forgetting to PREEN and YIKES! at the seedlings... everywhere!!!

postmandug

postmandug
Bardstown, KY
(Zone 6a)

April 30, 2010
7:41 AM

Post #7750922

Friends don't let gardening friends order from disreputable mail order sources. Check the DG Watchdog first! That's how I became a DG member. I placed on order from Honey Creek Nurseries two years ago and the plant material was terrible. I THEN came across the Watchdog through a Google search and saw what poor remarks they got. Never again...

Doug
gen2026
Camden, AR

April 30, 2010
8:27 AM

Post #7751064

I have not had very good luck with my preen... :( Been VERY disappointed and IF it is helping, I would had to see what my beds would have looked like without it !!

Does the bronze fennel live thru the winter for you? Or is it just the next year's seedlings that are everywhere?
gardenergail
Bay, AR
(Zone 7a)

April 30, 2010
9:25 AM

Post #7751213

Yes, it comes back, usually, but my biggest one is not coming up this year. I lost some stuff this year, though. They do not like to be transplanted, either. They have a pretty long root.
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

April 30, 2010
6:22 PM

Post #7752675

I lost all my fennel last year, I love to grow it for the butterflies to eat on, Or rather the larvae, I threw some seeds and noticed 3 or 4 coming up but that's it. I wish it would come back yearly for me it's so pretty
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

April 30, 2010
8:24 PM

Post #7753007

Friends don't let gardening friends...go to nurseries without me ;o))

cperdue

cperdue
Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

April 30, 2010
8:38 PM

Post #7753039

Good one Kim!!!!
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

May 2, 2010
6:05 PM

Post #7758326

That is why i'm coming to yourhouse this friday LOL
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

May 2, 2010
7:52 PM

Post #7758685

LOL I am soooooo glad!

happytail

happytail
St. Simon's Island, GA
(Zone 9a)

May 11, 2010
9:47 PM

Post #7785511

Friends don't let friends buy plants that aren't for their zone, or plant Mexican Petunia! AAAAHHHH.
duckmother
North Little Rock, AR
(Zone 7b)

May 12, 2010
6:46 AM

Post #7786108

LOL Good one! I think we could add a few more names to the Do Not Plant list!
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

May 12, 2010
6:32 PM

Post #7788176

Amen to that one, Happytail. I just pulled up a hunk of that stuff tonight and threw it in the pile.
gen2026
Camden, AR

May 13, 2010
7:42 AM

Post #7789415

:( Ya'll have me worried... I just planted Mexican Petunia from a swap last fall...do I need to rip it up now????

OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

May 13, 2010
11:17 AM

Post #7790059

If you like it, leave it...for now. It is pretty when blooming but I'd probably pull it out and put it in a pot before it seeds or spreads and before the frost gets it. Then put it back out next year. I keep a little clump going.
gen2026
Camden, AR

May 13, 2010
12:31 PM

Post #7790263

Thanks!
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

May 13, 2010
1:34 PM

Post #7790416

Just found this thread! I have 5 Mexican Petunia plants in my front flowerbed, this will be the third season for them and they're just starting to come up. I'm going to have to divide them at some point...

Friends don't let friends put strong fertilizer on small, delicate veggie plants, such as peas! My DH Dave did that and almost killed everything in the garden.
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

May 14, 2010
6:54 AM

Post #7792068

Crissy, your DH sounds like my DH...he now knows better than to fertilize anything I have planted. And he thinks triple-13 fertilizer will save the world, LOL.
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

May 14, 2010
10:27 AM

Post #7792542

LOL Mine is a landscaper so he knows better, he just likes to try new things to see how they work. What's the best is the veggie garden is his, so it's his time and hard work that he's almost killed. I told him to keep it away from my flowers! LOL What mine has a hard time is with the weed eater, he thinks he has to weed eat everything that is green, and last year he took out my next door neighbor's elephant ears that are growing on the property line, then laughed about it. That was the last straw.
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

May 14, 2010
12:56 PM

Post #7792816

Ooooooo!!! Is your neighbor still speaking to you? I have tried to keep all my flowers within a hard boundary just so we avoid the weedeater issue, but I still pray a lot when I hear him start that thing up, LOL!
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

May 14, 2010
2:38 PM

Post #7793043

LOL I wish my mexican petunia spread like that. it's beautiful when it blooms.

I have one single purple plant coming back this year and they rarely seed . not sure why, I have some pink ones that don't even reseed much.

I'm just not blessed or it's just too cold here.

slcdms

slcdms
Ripley, MS

May 14, 2010
3:50 PM

Post #7793193

Mine are just now coming up too, they spread by the roots more than seeds I think, I pulled some up out of Mamma's bed that went from one side to the other, from the roots.

I still haven't seen a sprout on the limelight Salvia--I sure hate to lose that, it is so pretty, but I am thinking it should be up by now.
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

May 14, 2010
4:12 PM

Post #7793225

I'm a little colder than you all, maybe that's why I don't get them coming back like ya'll do. I sure do like them though
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

May 15, 2010
7:10 AM

Post #7794503

Friends don't let gardening friends use a weed eater! LOL

Yea, since they were EE they came right back. He got a few of my hostas at the same time, and some other miscellaneous stuff that didn't come back. The problem is he was thinking that he would help me with weeding the beds and weed eat between the plants. He is no longer allowed to do that.

KA it might be too cold up there, it doesn't take much to change a climate just enough to mess things up.
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

May 15, 2010
8:14 AM

Post #7794674

LOL speaking of a weedeater. we got a DR and it's a weedeater on wheels. Darren use to go around my flower pots with the old weed eater and it wouldn't bother them at all. he took the dr around my flower pots the other day and tore them completely up, I think I screamed when I saw that LOL
gen2026
Camden, AR

May 17, 2010
6:27 AM

Post #7800053

My boss has one of those KA - and he said they really love it. Wish we could get one - might have to work on that for the next one we buy... we have so much to weed eat and it never all gets done because I don't run the weedeater much. It hurts my back after a while. And no one else seems to care that things aren't trimmed!

crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

May 17, 2010
7:21 AM

Post #7800207

I won't run a weedeater, can't stand them.
kathy_ann
Judsonia, AR
(Zone 7b)

May 17, 2010
1:22 PM

Post #7801368

All four of us hate our DR it's like having a lawnmower, a weedeater is alot easier to maneuver around the plants etc...

the DR's are alot more work . I'm glad I don't have to use it. we make darren do that LOL But that's why he's not working this summer, so he can stay home and do my chores. ha!
crissyr
Fayetteville, AR
(Zone 7b)

May 17, 2010
1:42 PM

Post #7801422

Ha! Amen KA!!! I love Dave being home for the same reasons.

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