eliminating Spanish bluebells

Jane McGary via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Sun, 19 Apr 2020 12:49:24 PDT
I inherited the dreaded Spanish bluebell (Hyacinthoides campanulata) 
with my present home and have no more luck than Diane getting rid of it. 
I pull off the whole tops while weeding in the spring, which doesn't 
kill them but I hope annoys them. I can't spot-spray them because of 
good plants close by. I don't think herbicides affect it, anyway. I may 
be fighting it as long as I'm on my feet. The laurel bushes were here 
too -- some hope on those -- and I did get rid of the Pfitzer junipers 
and arborvitae hedge, and the nasty little row of boxwood balls. This 
garden was a compendium of "what everybody plants and nobody should." 
Okay, I know some of you like boxwood, but I can't stand the smell of it.

Jane McGary, Portland, Oregon, USA

On 4/19/2020 11:25 AM, Diane Whitehead via pbs wrote:
> 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?
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