I have tried very hard to keep the weeds down to a minimum in my daylily beds. But somehow every year, there will be some weeds of enormous proportions that seem to magically appear fully grown and totally out in the open. This morning when I walked down to the garden collecting seeds and deadheading and taking photos I was totally surprised to find 'Gentle Shepherd' totally hidden, completely overpowered by a clump grass. Now I pull little tiny weeds just showing every morning, of course I will miss a few and get them the next day or so. But being I walk this path almost every day, and being I have been thinking of digging up 'Gentle Shepherd' I have looked at it quite often.
Here is what just staggered me when I found it in my garden today.
How is it possible for this to happen? I was totally blind to it and when I went back to get tools to dig it out, I could not help but see this clump of grass from the top of the hill way before I got back down to the garden.
It seems to happen every year with some type of weed, the weed just blends in with the other plants till one day it is huge and I can't help but notice it.
I had to dig the huge grass clump and the daylily then wash and separate them, the roots of the grass looked very much like the fine roots of the daylily, so I was very careful to clean them up carefully.
Finally when I got through cleaning this is what was left of 'Gentle Shepherd'
I left the clump soaking in a bucket of water. I am hoping that by soaking it, then letting it dry it will cause the roots to untangle a bit. The only way to separate it as it is now would be to just chop it into pieces and I don't want to have to do that. I tried to separate the fans on the outer edges, but they are so entwined I could not even began to loosen them.