Last week I have been eradicating my beautiful anemones (Anemone japonica). Why you might ask? Let me explain.
In former days, my anemones looked fine in my box garden. I liked the contrast of the formality of the box hedges against the looseness of the anemones.
However, I had to dig up all the box hedges because of box blight. After the box hedges had gone, I kept the anemones. But without the tightness of the box hedges the anemones look chaotic. By the time they are all flowering, it becomes just too much.
So I decided to dig out all the anemones. Easier said than done, because the Japanese anemones are known for an invasive root system. Everybody warned me that it would be very hard if not impossible to fully eradicate these plants. But I am determant to succeed.
Now the anemones have gone (or should I say are not visible at this moment?) I am left with eight empty spaces in my garden. What a lot of opportunities!
However still the odd chance that the anemones have gone underground, or at least their roots have…. Waiting to battle me!
|I really like them.|
|But sometimes it is a little too much.|
|The box garden in former times. I like the contrast.|
|The garden last week. Eight empty spaces!|