I also said that, when our long-awaited remodel started, the clover would get trampled down anyway. What I failed to consider was how far it could spread, especially as we continued to get rain into May and as the date for our remodel got pushed out time and again. It spread last year too but not to the extent it has this year.
Yesterday morning, before the temperature climbed into the 90s on the second day of our first heatwave of the summer season, I spent a good hour cutting back the area immediately surrounding the flagstone path. (I need to buy a string trimmer.)
|You can see most of the flagstones again and I cleared much of the clover choking out the Artemisia|
|but the clover's steady march into the beds on either side of the flagstone path still needs to be curtailed|
Lesson learned. In addition to cutting back "weeds" like Erigeron karvinskianus (aka Santa Barbara daisy) and Centranthus ruber (aka Jupiter's beard), I should be cutting back the clover in late spring. Hopefully, next year I won't allow myself to get distracted.
This post owes credit to both Alison of Bonnie Lassie, who spearheaded the idea of "Tell the Truth Tuesday," and Anna of Flutter & Hum, who hosts Wednesday Vignette.
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