Last Saturday and this one I weeded the patio bed, each time just enough to get one of my potted plants into the ground. Last week it was Molinia caerulea ‘Variegata,’ and today it was Polemonium caeruleum ‘Brise d’Anjou.’ Both of these have yellow variegation in the foliage which I intend to complement the flowers of the Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis) already there.
Anyway, as I was weeding last week, several thoughts popped into my head in the form of riddles:
Q: When is weeding like a puzzle?
A: When you’re trying to get ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) out of bugleweed (Ajuga reptans).
Q: When is a weed not a weed?
A: When it’s variegated.
A: When it’s red.
A: When you decide it’s the right plant for the place. After battling it for many years, I finally appointed ground ivy the official ground cover around my lilac hedge, and now I only have a few isolated weeds to pull out of that bed. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!