The lilies are winning..

meldy_nva(z6b VA)April 18, 2011

For many years [more than 30] there has been a small patch of lily-of-the-valley plants at one end of the house. Growing in a shaded area, house on one side and driveway on the other side, they made a nice little edging. Last year, I noticed that they had spread a bit, going around the house corner towards a small azalea bed beside the steps. I pulled up the errant pips and thought no more about it.

Spring has sprung around here, and the LOVs are pushing up green pencils of tightly wrapped leaves. In their own bed, around the corner and surrounding the azalea, under the edging and into a bed of pansies and oxalis, green pencils are massed and ready to spread their leaves. Having a fondness for the oxalis, DH spent a half hour clearing pips from an area smaller than a square foot: the pips are massed tighter than a tangled briar patch. Tired of yanking and pulling up pips, he was muttering about letting them stay, live and let live, and they looked okay... and then he walked down the driveway and discovered that several LOVs had pushed their pencils through 4 inches of asphalt.

Present score is LOV 1-DH O, but I think the next round is going to involve boiling water.

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lilod(NoCal/8)

Another thing to try would be white vinegar, I use it to remove most of the green stuff coming through the slats of a sort of low platform leading to the steps to the deck, works well

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 4:16PM
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anneliese_32(6)

Please tell the pips to come here! I am planting pips and am taking care of them for the last 35 years in a shady spot, they get watered and are wanted and the 3 or 4 who manage to live through a couple of years never bloom or spread.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 4:26PM
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tibs(5/6 OH)

Ah yes, the power of the lillies of the valley. I see mine sneaking thru the hedge into the neighbor's yard. And since they are lax on mowing, they are slowly getting more lillies than grass. He he. Revenge for the evil wild morning glory vine that has come from their yard into mine.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2011 at 5:45PM
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