How does your garden grow: Bindweed

Regular readers will know I’m endlessly fascinated by my ever-changing garden. Every day there seems to be a new burst of colour – all of them beautiful and all of them surprising.

My mum and dad have always been keen on gardening, but I never picked up much beyond daffodils, tulips, crocuses, pansies, wallflowers and geraniums. The only weeds I knew were daisies, dandelions, clover and stinging nettles.

My garden has as many weeds as it does flowers, but if I spot something beautiful, I assume it’s meant to be there. And so it was that I came across this lovely white flower, took a picture of it and shared it on both my blog and Instagram.

Flower, garden, 365

But then my friend Uley Girl asked if I had a bindweed problem.

A what?

What was the bindweed? Was it the weed just visible in the photo behind my lovely white flower?

No, apparently it WAS my lovely white flower and I needed to get rid of it.

I looked closely at the white flower and its stem – it was twisted round and round one of my other beautiful flowers. I untwisted it and pulled it up. And then I looked more widely.

I saw more of the yellowy-green leaves and more of the dark red stalks wrapped around my plants. I pulled them up too.

Then suddenly I could see it everywhere – wrapped tightly around flowers and weeds alike and climbing up the trellises. I pulled up as much as I could and was very grateful to discover it was only in one area of the garden, admittedly my favourite area – the part with the most colourful flowers. The flowers had just been starting to die off and lose their colour.

Was it the hot, dry weather? Had they reached the end of their lives? Or had the damn bindweed literally squeezed the life out of them?

When I’d pulled up as much as I possibly could, I realised we need some help to get a grip of our garden. There are too many weeds and too many plants that I don’t know if they’re dead or if they will come back to life next spring. We still have some big expenses ahead with the house, but I think we really need a gardener for a day or two just to get our garden under control.

So I don’t let any more weeds fool me and strangle the life out of it.

Bindweed, Garden, How Does Your Garden Grow

 

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. This is totally something I would do. I have something growing in a pot in my garden at the moment and it’s like daffodil leaves but no flowers. My mum has said it’s some sort of grass but I can’t help but think it will grow a beautiful flower one day. I am sure eventually I will accept it’s a weed and bin it. I look forward to watching the progress in your garden. Don’t let the pretty flower weeds fool you. Sneaky x

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    • They are very sneaky! Glad it’s not just me who gets fooled by the weeds! I’ll keep sharing the stories of my garden on the blog as I work out what’s going on with it!

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  2. Oh, I hate bindweed! I have some tangled in amongst a rose and honeysuckle at the moment which is proving tricky to get out! Weeding is a never ending task!

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    • It certainly is! We’re failing to keep up, but at least I’ve got the bindweed up for now!

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  3. I didn’t know bindweed flowers looked like this, there is loads of it along some of the lanes where I live. It looks like you managed to pull lots of it up though, good work! It’s amazing how prolific this stuff is.

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    • Thanks! I couldn’t believe how much there was once I started looking into it.

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    • Thank you, it is! No wonder it had me fooled!

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  4. It’s a lovely flower but a nightmare plant! Like everything in the garden and nature it’s survival of the fittest and most adaptable so I have a begrudging admiration for it from that perspective 🙂

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    • Very true! I was impressed at their ability to wind so tightly around everything 🙁

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  5. Such a shame that such a lovely flower was sneaking in and taking over.
    Sounds like a gardener for a day or two would be a good idea, if it gives you a chance to get on top of it all it will be well worth it.

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    • I think so! We’ve made a bit more progress, but it’s a bit like painting the Forth Bridge trying to stay on top of it all!

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  6. I’m in your boat! I’d be admiring a flower not realizing if it was wild or on a war path with the others!

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    • Glad it’s not just me, Kriss!

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  7. I’m the same! I have no idea what is weed and what is flower 🙂 Apparently we have a load of vines that are sucking the life out of the plants around them and we need to get rid of them! Just as well some of our friends know something about plants 🙂 #HDYGG

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    • Thank goodness for that! My mum and dad are helpful, but they didn’t spot the bindweed!

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  8. Bindweed is a total s*d – I feel your pain. I’ve been pulling mine up since we moved here 6 years ago and it still comes back! gives me garden rage! Think of me like a kind of horticultural Hulk!
    Hope you manage to get rid of the pesky stuff Sarah!
    Thanks for sharing sausage x

    ps. Veggie sausage if you are a vegetarian!

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    • Thanks very much, I am a vegetarian sausage – Quorn I think! Well I’m on top of it for now, but I’m keeping a close eye on it from now on. I’ll be horticultural Hulk too!

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  9. It’s so easy to be deceived when they’re so pretty! I knew girls like that in my youth …

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  10. Gosh, I would not have guessed that was a weed either. I hope you manage to get it under control soon.

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    • Thank you! I’m on top of it for the time being at least!

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  11. I wouldn’t have had a clue either; I guess it is that old saying ‘you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover’! I keep my garden very simple as I am hopeless at gardening but I always envy people with wild looking gardens full of colour

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    • I used to be like that, but as we ended up with a garden that was full of flowers it’s forced us into caring for them!

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