Scilla maderensis
Mon, 30 May 2011 15:43:17 PDT
On 29 May 2011, at 17:07, Jane McGary wrote:

> ...the Spanish bluebells that infest my new garden looked pretty good...
> They're through now and I'll dig them out and stick them under a huge Douglas
> fir where nothing else grows.) 

Jane, be a darling and don't crack such jokes while readers are sucking down 
their afternoon coffee. Coffee stains on one's monitor are not good.

Or to phrase this less obliquely, good luck digging out your bluebells. My 
previous house had a patch and when I moved after 13 years of digging them out, 
there were as many as ever. Where I am now, after 22+ years, same thing.

I'd rank the weedy endymions with that horror Nothoscordum inodorum except that 
the endymions have an attractive flower.

You might be able to eradicate them, but I'd strongly suggest that the infested 
ground should be left fallow so you can dig without fighting your way around 
and through other plants in pursuit of the Awful Endymion with your trowel. 
Undoubtedly they've been seeding for years, so the ground also contains many 
small bulbs that you will miss if anything else is planted there.

These days I just ignore the endymions, but I do keep my eyes peeled for the 
nothoscordum and for a weedy form of Allium roseum lest they join my stable of 

Rodger Whitlock
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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