eliminating Spanish bluebells

Diane Whitehead via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Sun, 19 Apr 2020 11:25:42 PDT
Fifty years ago a generous neighbour gave my small daughter a bunch of bluebells she had just dug up.  I had happy memories of picking them in the woods across from my childhood home, so we planted them.

Now I have a half acre of them, despite years of snapping off the flowers before they set seed and digging them out - every year a bucketful of bulbs would go in the trash but this year there will be a lot more.  I am determined to get rid of them.

I have a bit of help - deer like to eat them, but just the leaves - the bulbs are still down there multiplying.

I fork them out from most of the yard, but they are growing solidly around some of my rhododendrons, and digging out the bluebells will kill those rhodos.

Any suggestions?

Diane Whitehead        Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
cool mediterranean climate  warm dry summers, mild wet winters  70 cm rain,   sandy soil

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