Sunday, October 18, 2009
Aggressive Natives in Gabe's Garden
The violets planted between the rocks grew like gangbusters this year. They did so well, that even though they were a regular salad-bar for the bunnies, they grew back, and grew back again, and grew back again. This is exactly the aggressive native plant I needed to withstand animals and toddlers.
Have I mentioned that violets are edible? I haven't tasted them yet, but violet salad may be on the menu next year.
That, underneath the blueberry and grass, is common cinquefoil. I couldn't have asked for a better ground cover. It grew from a couple of small sprigs to this in just one season. Perhaps I should fear for the safety of my yard, but what's the worst it could do? It hugs the ground, so it isn't going to deprive anything of light. I don't care if it gets in our weedy mess of a lawn. The worst thing that it does is send runners onto the play-area mulch, just like its cousin the strawberry.
The roots are very long, so I may hate it if I ever want to eradicate it entirely, but that's true of many plants.