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Photo: Bee and thistle: Taken high in the Cascade Mountains where there is a bee buzzing on every thistle. by Debora Rorvig

Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Parable of the Morning Glories

It wasn't so long ago that we built our doggy a fence, so she'd be kept safely in our back yard. We plan to put some kind of hedge along it as a screen. But not long after, I looked out the window and to my amazement, this is what I saw!

Almost overnight we'd been overtaken by morning glories. Where on earth did they come from? I donned my barn boots and trudged out back for a closer look...

Leapin' Lizards! It was a hostile takeover! They were everywhere. Wound all around the fence, completely covering the ground, strangling my wheelbarrow. (Yes, Jo-jo, here's something that apparently LOVES our wet spring!)

I did some research on these vicious vines and here's what I learned...
  • The roots can go down 30 feet or more.
  • If you till them up, every broken piece becomes a new plant. (Remember that  horrible old tale about the magic broom? It was a symphony we listened to in school-the broom kept breaking in half and multiplying) This is probably how we got such a bumper crop. We tilled last fall.
  • Chemicals (which I detest) are not too effective. You have to pour Round Up into bowls and soak the little tips of the plant in them. Since I don't have 10,000 bowls or the inclination to nuke my backyard, I ruled this one out.
  • Once they flower, the seeds will spread and multiply. The seeds can last up to 30 years. UH OH... they were budding already!
  • It takes years to get rid of them completely, if ever.
  • The longterm approach, which seemed the sanest, was to dig up what we could, cut down the rest (making sure to rake out all of those potential new plants), and to cover with black tarp to keep the sun from helping them photosynthesize.

What a job! I pulled and dug-Kelly got out the weed-whacker; then we raked, bagged and disposed of thousands of these plants. We're gonna have to stay on it though...

And the parable? Well the Bible tells us to be diligent-in case a root of bitterness spring ups within our hearts and begins to  spread and multiply; defiling many is how it's described. That got me to thinkin'... how fast does bitterness grows-and how invasive it is? Fast I bet. I guess it would be better to root bitterness right out of my life, than to fertilize it with self pity and anger. I've been known to do that more than a few times. So I'm taking a lesson from the parable of the morning glory. I don't want my inner garden to wind up looking like this!

1 comment:

ellen b. said...

Oh now that is a good parable for sure. Yikes that stuff is invasive. You really put in a lot of hard work. Glad you saved your poor wheelbarrow... :o)


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