This is the season for digging and relocating crowded or redundant plants. Most of them get recycled directly back into other landscapes, so that there is no need for the extra work of canning and storing them. Most of the daylily (#1) were simply relocated with only a few leftovers for canning. Bamboo (#2) and perennial pea (#4) were actually canned earlier in the year. Ponderosa lemon (#5) is a rooted cutting (which is ungrafted and therefore ‘on its own roots’) that I grew from a pruning scrap. I have no idea of what to do with it. I really should limit all these recycling projects to plant material that is actually useful.

1. Hemerocallis, daylily, migrated too aggressively, so needed to be removed from under benches and other perennials. More of another cultivar got dug where an old sewer pipe was replaced.

2. Phyllostachys aurea, golden bamboo, appeared within an unrefined landscape, and wasted no time migrating. It should have been killed and discarded rather than canned live for recycling.

3. Salvia mellifera, black sage, layered a few copies from an original specimen that was planted intentionally. It is native here, but unpopular. Some find the foliar aroma to be a bit too strong.

4. Lathyrus latifolia, perennial pea, is a persistently and invasively naturalized exotic species. In other words, it is a weed. I canned this and three copies of another, because they bloom white.

5. Citrus x pyriformis, ‘Ponderosa’ lemon, is not really a lemon, but is a weird hybrid of pomelo and citron. The fruit might weigh five pounds. What can I do with just one five pound ‘lemon’?!

6. Felis catus, Darla, only allowed me to get this picture by zooming in from a distance. She tolerates Rhody, but hates me. She protects cuttings and seedlings from rodents and perhaps birds.

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


11 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: More Bad Recycling (Even More)

  1. Being on the other side of the pond, am I right in thinking that ‘canning them’ is putting them in the bin? I sadly did that to a crowded patch of irises. Half replanted but half thrown away. Such a shame!

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    1. Canning is putting them in vinyl cans, such as #1 (1 gallon) and #5 (5 gallon) cans. It is like potting, but not so refined. Cans just contain them while they grow into something that can be added to the landscapes. Pots are more presentable, so plants can live in them on patios and such. We do not have many potted plant here. What is the bin?

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    1. I will either give the lemon tree to a neighbor, or if it stays with me, just leave the lemons on neighbor’s porches to let them figure out what to do with them. They make nice Jack-O’-lanterns, just in time for Christmas.
      Some of the bamboo was taken from here, and although I recovered my hesper palm that was taken with the bamboo, I did not recover all the bamboo. I do not particularly want it to be returned, but I am concerned of where it might have gone.

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