No plant safe from Rambo gardener!

north53 Z1b MB(zone 1b Canada)June 21, 2013

She strikes without warning or plan. One day its a huge swath of ostrich ferns that attract her wrath. She heads outside with the plan to dig out a single fern that is popping up in the middle of a prized hosta. The next thing you know she's flailing away and the entire bed is razed of ferns.
Last night she was just returning home from walking the dog when poor Ladies Mantle caught her attention. The plant's sin was that it was too happy and was overwhelming another prized hosta. Down she swooped, shovel and fork in hand. Ladies Mantle didn't stand a chance.
She is now casting her eye at an expanse of rogue lamium. Her ill thought out plan was to possibly relocate some of the ladies mantle there, but it will clash with Honeyqueen lily. Be very afraid dear lily!

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CLBlakey

"She" sounds terrifying!! I can here the plants from here wondering who's next. They quiver and shake in their spots hoping to be spared.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 11:12AM
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mytime(3/4 Alaska)

Sounds like my husband with a chainsaw. He only went to down the very tallest trees that had grown up in the past few years and blocked our view. I kept hearing the chainsaw, but the tallest trees weren't toppling. After they finally did, I went and looked over the hill. I had thought the idea was to THIN the trees, not CLEAR the trees!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 11:54AM
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north53 Z1b MB(zone 1b Canada)

Thankfully I don't have a chainsaw! I can do lots of damage with my pruners though.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 1:36PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

I need you to visit my lamium.... :>

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 10:12PM
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savona(z2bBCCanada)

Lol ...I think I would want to be a hosta in your garden. It does feel good to get things thinned out and under control ..soon enough they will want to take over again

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 1:53AM
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north53 Z1b MB(zone 1b Canada)

The scary part is how unpredictable 'she' is. Her plan can change in mid stride.

Marcia, on the subject of lamium. For years I had lovely clumps that didn't seem to do anything but slowly expand. But now they re-seed with reckless abandon, and the plants they spawn are not the same. They are much more vigorous and common. I've been much more diligent about weeding out these imposters, but foolishly had let a border of them get established before I realized what was happening. If it stops raining and I can survive the onslaught of mosquitoes I may unleash my fury on them next.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 11:45AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Same here, Marie - except for 'White Nancy', which I really like!

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 11:44PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

We love lamium here, then again our gardens are new and it hasn't taken over...lemon frost is one of our fav's as it glows at dusk.

SCG

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 11:11AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

I had 'Golden Anniversary' and I loved that too. Of course it died! LOL

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 6:04PM
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north53 Z1b MB(zone 1b Canada)

I might have White Nancy, I don't remember the name now, and I still have a small plant of Golden Anniversary. But when it seeds it becomes solid yellow. But the yellow isn't the problem one. It is a green with a silver streak down the center. That's the one that is spreading all over.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 8:46PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Mine too. Might be called 'Pewter Pink'.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 10:09PM
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SouthCountryGuy Zone 4b-5 SE BC(Zone 4b-5 SE BC Canada)

If you folks send me a sample I will ID it and give you alternatives.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 10:29PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

I can dig up a yard or so of it for you..... :>

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 9:03AM
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north53 Z1b MB(zone 1b Canada)

Hey Marcia, you were right. I do have a white blooming one that is probably White Nancy. And you are correct, that one is not being a thug. It gently spreads and hasn't morphed into something different.
Thanks for pointing that out to me. It was the pink flowering one that spawned the evil seedlings.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 10:11AM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

You're welcome! I'll have to find another one because i'll have a spot for it later this year when i revamp one of the white gardens. I also have "Aureum", which is golden and very pretty, but its seedlings are green. They're in the lawn, so i just mow them down.

    Bookmark   July 2, 2013 at 4:28PM
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