Friends don't let gardening friends.....

Laceys Spring, AL(Zone 7a)

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.

Ripley, MS

Friends don't let friends buy things that are already growing in their yards-lol

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

Amen sandra!! I'm giving away my yarrow now LOL

Laceys Spring, AL(Zone 7a)

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

Ripley, MS

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

Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

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!

Bay, AR(Zone 7a)

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

Camden, AR(Zone 8a)

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

Laceys Spring, AL(Zone 7a)

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!!

Bay, AR(Zone 7a)

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!!!

Bardstown, KY(Zone 6a)

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

Camden, AR(Zone 8a)

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?

Bay, AR(Zone 7a)

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.

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

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

North Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

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

Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

Good one Kim!!!!

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

That is why i'm coming to yourhouse this friday LOL

North Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

LOL I am soooooo glad!

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

Friends don't let friends buy plants that aren't for their zone, or plant Mexican Petunia! AAAAHHHH.

North Little Rock, AR(Zone 7b)

LOL Good one! I think we could add a few more names to the Do Not Plant list!

Laceys Spring, AL(Zone 7a)

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

Camden, AR(Zone 8a)

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

Laceys Spring, AL(Zone 7a)

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.

Camden, AR(Zone 8a)

Thanks!

Fayetteville, AR(Zone 7b)

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.

Laceys Spring, AL(Zone 7a)

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.

Fayetteville, AR(Zone 7b)

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.

Laceys Spring, AL(Zone 7a)

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!

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

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.

Ripley, MS

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.

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

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

Fayetteville, AR(Zone 7b)

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.

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

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

Camden, AR(Zone 8a)

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!

Fayetteville, AR(Zone 7b)

I won't run a weedeater, can't stand them.

Judsonia, AR(Zone 7b)

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!

Fayetteville, AR(Zone 7b)

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

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