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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Get Thee to a Windowbox

A “darling” little shamrock has become imperialist. When you choke the iris, you must go.


Wood sorrel competing with, and prevailing over, iris

March 2010, Austin, Texas

Photo: Human Flower Project

They call it “windowbox sorrel,” and now we know why. This sweet little pink oxalis needs a sturdy vessel and three feet in the air to contain it – constant oversight, too.

There were a few clumps two years ago in the beds up next to the house. Delightful! Their three-leaves began appearing in February, and by St. Patrick’s Day were thick and ineradicably “lucky”-looking. So we let the shamrocks go.

Last year, with loads of good new soil, they’d spread, and this year they have just about buried the iris japonica – a wonderful passalong from Scott Thurman.  Stan Powers recommended spreading the iris to a second bed out front, and it’s flowering abundantly there this spring.

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Posted by Julie on 03/24 at 10:59 AM
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