It can become a bad habit in the garden, and migrate into neighboring gardens and landscapes, and even farther. My ‘Australia’ canna was acquired only a few years ago, so has not gotten too far, yet. The African iris (Morea iridioides) seems voluminous, but took nearly three decades to get like that. Montbretia and white violet really should not be recycled any more than they have been already though. They are just too invasive. Agapanthus and Amaryllis have potential to become habitual, but fortunately for me, have been manageable. Amaryllis are not overwhelming. Agapanthus have been useful since I started recycling them.

1. Canna indica ‘Australia’ is one of the very few plants that I actually purchased. A neighbor of my downtown planter box requested bronzed foliage. After a few years, it needed to be thinned.

2. Morea iridioides was another purchase, back in the 1990s. It was in a #1 (1 gallon) can back then. It got so overgrown than it needed to be removed, so will now get divided into many more.

3. Crocosmia masoniorum is probably the same common montbretia that grows as a weed here, but seems to have much bigger leaves. I found it growing wild at my Pa’s home in about 1980.

4. Agapanthus orientalis has been with me since 1978, when a neighbor had me remove it from her garden. These copies of that original were planted nearby years ago, and recently removed.

5. Viola sororia ‘Albiflora’ came from my Grandmother’s garden in the late 1970s. I still have copies of them, but might discretely allow them to go extinct. They are just too invasive to recycle.

6. Amaryllis belladonna is mundane and naturalized. However, these came from the garden of my great Grandmother in about 1980. I need no more here, but recycle these in my own garden.

This is the link for Six on Saturday, for anyone else who would like to participate:

20 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Recycling

    1. My Iris pallida goes back at least four generations. It is from the garden of my great grandmother, and may have come from the garden of her mother in law. My niece grows it now. I got my rhubarb from my great grandfather. Yes, it would be unpleasant to not be able to grow them.

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      1. ?! What?! So there is one place in the Universe where it is not common?!
        Oh, I am still bummed about the Tecoma stans. I should have watched it and protected it.

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      2. People argue about its invasiveness? Some types of pampas grass are still available in nurseries here. They are supposedly non invasive because they all female, so lack male pollinating flowers. However, the invasively naturalized pampas grass can and does pollinate them, creating feral hybrids that are nearly as invasive. I realize that the few pampas grass that get planted do not make the problem significantly worse, but nonetheless, people still should not plant them.

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      3. I do not even compare the two. Miscanthus is manageable. Pampas grass overwhelms acres of coastal land, and is impossible to eradicate. My colleague down south likes it, but he lives in an urban area where it can not escape. He has a compact ‘ornamental’ cultivar in his garden, and uses larger types in some of his landscapes on rare occasion.

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