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Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
Region: California Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Kelli
Feb 3, 2015 5:03 PM CST
What plants in your garden have turned out to be major thugs? For me it is chasmanthe and vinca, both of which came with the house and neither of which have I been able to eradicate.
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Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Feb 3, 2015 9:14 PM CST
Ditto, chasmanthe and vinca....at least the chasmanthe is favored by the hummers and the vinca really was not too much bother in pulling. When we moved up here, I noticed several stands of what looked to be chasmanthe in bud, but fortunately turned out to be a 'nice' orange crocosmia. I have different nuisances here than I'd encountered before...ranunculus repens, for one...another, what I think is Ox-eye Daisy, lots of rampant growers, but I'm leaving large areas (for my tiny yard)as wild meadow and I will let these grow to a certain extent.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Feb 3, 2015 9:56 PM CST
bermuda grass!
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Feb 3, 2015 11:14 PM CST
One of the greatest joys in my life is that there is no Bermuda grass here.
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
Region: California Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Kelli
Feb 4, 2015 9:41 AM CST
Oh, yes, I forgot about the Bermuda grass. That came with the house, too. Our yard could be nuclear ground zero and the Bermuda grass would come back.
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Name: Kelli
Canoga Park, CA, Sunset 19 (Zone 10a)
Where summer is winter
Region: California Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Kelli
Feb 4, 2015 9:42 AM CST
Another trouble maker is ash tree seedlings, and we don't even have an ash tree and neither do the next-door neighbors.
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Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Feb 4, 2015 10:42 AM CST
Oh...well, yes...we did have an ash tree on just the other side of the property line. I loved it, then we noticed that at some point (this was on a several acre piece of grove property) someone had taken an axe to it, but it remained, tall and strong. Once I started watering our property, I found the zillion seedlings coming up in the beds around the ash....I compounded the problem by letting some of them grow...lol..they did self-plant in spots where another would look nice. After we'd been there 17 years, we had some really nice ash trees.....lol..beautiful, tough and strong, turning a multitide of yellows in the fall.....and a gazillion seedlings. We sold the property over a year ago and I think the new owner is not one really big on watering, so they may be more 'controlled' now....

I did appreciate that the trees fed a lot of birds with their seeds all over beneath the first tree...probably carried the seeds waaay away to your house, kelli....
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
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tarev
Feb 4, 2015 10:58 AM CST
Oxalis, always present. Cute in a way but they just multiply fast. Wish the slugs and snails will favor them first over my other plants.
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Feb 4, 2015 11:11 AM CST

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Oxalis...on a larger, wild property you learn to not sweat the small stuff...and appreciate the yellow....

I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: tarev
San Joaquin County, CA (Zone 9b)
Always count your blessings in life
Region: California Houseplants Plays in the sandbox Orchids Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Composter
Cactus and Succulents Dragonflies Hummingbirder Amaryllis Container Gardener Xeriscape
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tarev
Feb 4, 2015 11:37 AM CST
Each "thug" has their role..just don't like them in my containers.
Name: Sherry
Northern California
Sunset Zone 17
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Pacific Northwest Seed Starter Region: California Plant Identifier
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wcgypsy
Feb 4, 2015 1:39 PM CST
Yes...I even liked the large stands of chasmanthes when they were flowering in Winter....
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Carol
Santa Ana,Ca. (Zone 10b)
Sunset zone 22
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ctcarol
Feb 4, 2015 3:55 PM CST
I leave the other oxalis in my back flower bed. It's the creeping oxalis that loves to grow in the lawn, and seems to come free in every nursery pot that I hate.

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