There are many plants in the garden that creep over the years, some slowly, some more rapidly - suppose the speed is often linked to whether the conditions are right for the plant. Some plants even become a bit of a thug as they move through the borders and reduce the chance of other plants.
One of these spreading plants is poached egg plant, Limnanthes douglasii. I introduced it several years ago from a seed pack and it self seeds every year making a great early Summer display. Once it is finished flowering and is looking bad, I pull out the plants; it's not long until they begin to grow again and flower for a 2nd time towards the end of Summer.
Pretty good value for money from a 50 pence seed pack. However I don't think I'll ever be able to get rid of it as it just won't go away.
|Above: Poached egg plant, Limnanthes douglasii attracts bees, hoverflies and insects - spot the pollen stored on the bees back legs!|
|Here it is with the purple flower bugle which also creeps and spreads throughout the garden. The poached egg plant has self seeded here somehow - a good 20 feet from where the other poached egg plants are thriving.|
Suppose with a cottage style garden, I can let plants creep and seed and the garden 'evolve' a bit over time and not worry too much!
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