Thursday, August 6, 2015

Photo by Linda Langelo, CSU Program Horticulture Associate
 
We did it again!  The Burlington Garden Club chose the Burlington Community Garden as garden of the month.  Recently we put fabric down for our paths around the raised beds and then pea gravel to cover the fabric.  It is easy for folks to garden in a 4 x 4 foot square.  Some folks have more than one square while others have one square they manage.   We are getting ready to place new covering on the greenhouse. 


Cultivated plants turned aggressive

 
Photos by Elizabeth Thomason
 
 
Plants like Bouncingbet, Saponaria officinalis, where once used in our gardens.  A seemingly wonderful plant with its great attribute of exceptionally hardy and drought-tolerance has become a nightmare to control.  Still sold commercially as seed and still making its way into landscapes.  This European plant once used as a soap substitute is now aggressive and disruptive to our natural habitats in many states other than Colorado. 
 
To think that this plant along with many others was sought by gardeners to have as a prized specimen in their landscapes.  Another prized specimen is Lythrum salicaria, Purple Loosestrife.  The seeds of these pink flowering plants can wash easily into waterways.  The root system of Purple Loosestrife will resprout from any remaining root fragments.  This makes it even more difficult to control. 
 
For Colorado you can go to the following link and look to see if you have any of these plants in your landscape: