|Leptospermum 'Pink Pearl' is literally covered in flowers, supported by a host of other pink-flowering plants|
|There's a touch of white to prevent the pink from becoming too sickeningly sweet|
The area on the left lining the path that leads down the back slope is dominated by four pink-flowered plants at the moment.
|Clockwise from the left: Leptospermum scoparium 'Pink Pearl', Centranthus ruber (aka Jupiter's beard), Oenothera speciosa (aka pink evening primrose), and Dorycnium hirsutum (aka hairy Canary clover)|
I've allowed the Jupiter's beard, pink evening primrose, and hairy Canary clover to spread indiscriminately. The first two plants have already crept down the back slope, laying claim to a significant area.
|The back slope gets pinker with each passing day|
Both the plants are completely out of control, although I suppose the same could be said for the Pelargonium 'White Lady' and the chartreuse Euphorbia's 'Dean's Hybrid'.
|It's become impossible to walk down the slope's concrete stairs without stepping on plants. Our heavier-than-usual winter rain promoted rampant growth, which I utterly failed to curtail by properly thinning the seedlings.|
For a couple of months, the back slope looks pretty. The camera sees the frothy flowers and almost entirely misses the mass of weeds blanketing the portions of the upper slope that aren't covered in the dead ivy and honeysuckle vines left behind by last summer's horrific heatwave.
|The weeds are between one and 3 feet tall but you probably didn't even notice them in the first two views of the slope did you?|
I've pulled the weeds I can reach from where I stand on the concrete stairs but I can't reach the large majority of them. I'm seriously considering investing in knee-pads to see if I can crawl a bit higher to reach at least some of these but I've no illusions I can clear all of them without hiring sherpas.
Meanwhile, in the front garden, I've let a prettier weed take over an area that I could clean up without fear of breaking my neck.
|There's a 2-foot wide flagstone pathway in there but you can't see much of it anymore!|
|I cut back the Acacia 'Cousin Itt' on the left in an earlier effort to clear the path but the clover just moved in the take over the space|
I thought I could control the clover but it's advance is relentless. Thus far, I've rationalized my inaction based on the argument that clover fixes nitrogen in the soil; it prevents the raccoons from digging in areas it occupies; the bees like it; and it has pretty flowers. In light of those considerations is it so bad that it makes it difficult for me or anyone else to walk through the front garden? When our remodel starts, I expect it'll get trampled anyway...
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