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Sentenced to Life in Prison

Category: The back yard | Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:29 pm

A trip to the local nursery is always an exciting adventure. Endless possibilities line the aisles. Choosing is difficult. On one such occasion a flower perked its head above the other plants as if to say "Me! Me! Pick me." Little did we know. So home the flower went along with the other selections we made that day.
We picked a spot for the new flower and enjoyed its unusual shape for the rest of the blooming period. As with most perennials, its greenery faded into the background as other blooming flowers attracted our attention. Fall and winter put the garden to sleep for that year.

The first few warm days of the following spring were like a magnet drawing us outside to show off what emerged from the slumber of winter. The new plant along with a similar plant four feet away had poked their heads above the surface. Well, I thought, I 'll plant the new arrival with the original plant. As I dug it up, it's source also appeared, a runner. Closer inspection revealed 10 more plants and more runners radiating from the parent plant. I gently dug up the spider web of runners and the parent. Now I had enough Gooseneck Loosestrife to fill 6 additional pots and the original plant was put back into a even larger pot. I gave away 2 pots along with the warning of the plants appetite for domination of the backyard. 12 years have passed, the towering green walls of their prisons remain unchallenged, the loosestrife have never escaped. An ever vigilant eye is required. Still, there is the ever-present danger that, someday......

Grower Beware!! Gooseneck Loosestrife is a lovely plant, if you don't mind being a warden.

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Kay wrote on Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:14 pm:

Yep. sounds familiar! I give this one PLENTY of room! It's easy to pull too :)


Frank wrote on Wed Dec 15, 2010 4:45 am:

I like your writing style Jerry. Entertaining to read.


Palm Tree wrote on Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:30 am:

I have to echo Frank here.
I love the way you write.
It is almost as if I am that plant.
Good stuff.

paul_jn wrote on Thu Dec 16, 2010 12:43 am:

Good writing style Jerry and I like the prison analogy.

Gooseneck Loosestrife is a dominant plant and will overrun the place if left unchecked.

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