Silk Beauty that spells Trouble

Introducing the convolvulus, more commonly known as bindweed, a camera’s friend but a gardener’s nightmare.  This weed creeps all over the garden at an alarming speed and I have read that its roots can lie as deep as 9 feet (c.2.7m). Herein lies the real problem, as small bits of root are still likely to sprout and cause the weed to re-establish itself once more. So getting rid of it once in a garden is a complete nightmare. I should know, we have tried clearing mountains of the stuff from the vegetable plot. In fact The Sage refers to this weed as “the devil”.

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Here I hope to show its prettier side as caught by the camera and using specimens that I am glad to say were growing well outside the garden. The flower really is quite delicate and beautiful.

6 thoughts on “Silk Beauty that spells Trouble

  1. Thanks for this. I was a little disappointed that this post did not get more likes as I really like the photo entitled ‘The Silk White Petals Furl in the Wind’. Your own appreciation of this post has gone a long way to erasing this disappointment. MM 👍

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  2. beautiful yes but nightmare is an gross understatement… having dealt with this plant in a couple different gardens I’ve had, I just resigned myself to the will exercise of perpetual/consistent/non-stop trimming, weeding, digging, and more than a little cursing… but I did learn to admire it’s tenacity in calmer moments.

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  3. We have mountains of this stuff, too. Pulling it up is one thing, but disposing of it is another. There is always some bit of it lurking in a corner, ready to sprout or flower and spit out seeds. It’s not a native plant, either: someone, sometime brought it here as a “gift”.

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