“Overgrown”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Why oh why couldn’t we have had all this rain in July and August when we really needed it? We had .8 inches of rain Friday and 1.17 inches today with more predicted for the overnight hours. All the garden plants are responding to this rain with tremendous growth. Saturday was a day for trimming back. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I went around the corner of the house and saw the Cat’s Whiskers plants. They had grown so much and were smothering the Iceberg roses, Amaryllis, and Louisiana irises that are planted nearby. I cut them back severely which broke my heart since they were in full bloom, but it had to be done to allow the other plants to get some light and air. I know with all this rain, the Cat’s Whiskers will be blooming again in no time.
Another plant taking over has been the Margarite sweet potato vine. I have this planted in several areas and every one had to be trimmed back. Most vines were growing into the lawn.
The vines in the garden bed next to the back patio were taking over the patio, plants, and the lawn. Some vines in nearby areas were growing into the lawn and up trees as you can see in the next photo. After trimming back just the Margarite vines, I had a whole garbage can full of vines that went on the compost pile.
The plumbago, Mexican petunias, and several more plants had to be trimmed back. I sure wish all this growth would have happened earlier in the summer when it usually does. I thought the garden looked a little skimpy and could have used a little of the lushness we are getting now. Well, better late than never I guess.