If I have to spend
two years pulling rhizomes
of a beautiful yet
wild sunflower’s cousin
that has taken over
a portion of my yard then
it must be invasive

hard to tell but I’ve already taken two boxes of it out already

I never thought
when I harvested the flower
from the side of the road
that it would turn into
an aggressive hard to eradicate
invasive monster plant

Last year the
beautiful yellow flowers
sprawled all over my bee balm
(which as a mint plant is invasive itself)

such pretty yellow flowers

but whoa, this plant loves my soil
so off the cliff it goes
to battle the poison ivy

I forgot to identify it last year
but searching on the great black hole of
the internet I realize now that I must
have forgotten I planted jerusalem artichokes
Holy artichoke Batman!

look at the bee balm (middle right) struggling to survive

Slap my head in epiphany
That’s super duper invasive
I’m lucky it didn’t take over
my whole front yard and spread
into the grass

It is vigorously growing
under the four foot granite
stepping stones I placed
throughout my yard

I lifted one up to see
the rhizomes underneath
were like linebacker miners
growing under the expanse
of stone and surfacing
stronger and beefier
out the other side

look at them grow toward the light

The Jerusalem Artichoke is
a great plant if you are looking
for a protein iron and
potassium source to grow in
your yard that does not require
gentle treatment
(I could chop it down with a macheté
and it would bounce back stronger next season)

You can plant it in a clay patch and
forget to water it
it still will grow

I could probably brown bag this stuff
and bury it and it would grow happily
seven to eight feet tall
in a hot compost pile

it will not die

This native North American plant
also contains inulin which
can cause painful flatulence
but can be used to make wine or spirits

“Conversely, it is also considered a FODMAP, a class of carbohydrates which are rapidly fermented in the colon producing gas and drawing water into the colon which is a problem for individuals with irritable bowel syndrome. The consumption of large quantities (in particular, by sensitive or unaccustomed individuals) can lead to gas and bloating, and products that contain inulin will sometimes include a warning to add it gradually to one’s diet.”

I grew this plant at my marriage house
in 2004 tried eating it but lost the
will (I was too lazy) to experiment with it

It was gorgeous
I planted it in the ground
it grew to seven plus feet
in the corner of my yard

I had to dig two feet into the soil
two years in a row to get
all of the rhizomes out of the ground
when I discovered that it sends out
growth very far and deep into the soil

the rhizome of Helianthus Tuberosus
the little rhizome that could

This can’t have been the plant I
pulled off the side of the road
I never pulled out any rhizomes

maybe there was a teeny tiny bit of root

Sometimes that’s all it takes


13 thoughts on “Invasive or hearty perennial

    1. I’ve been thinking of that. Someone offered me a job but it was 50 miles away and would have required me being ready to maintain yards a month ago.

      I’m working on the gardener thing though. My goal of the week is to contact the county Volunteer Master Gardeners program. I would enjoy the education part, but I feel like I’d pee my pants if someone asked me a question about gardening at the county fair.

      I could let the admin know, I’m a really knowledgeable gardener, but I can’t be around people. I wonder if they would just hang up the phone.

      I was hoping to start with a horticulture class at the community college or the vocational school.

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    1. No, I just stopped writing about my ex and my (now) ex boyfriend. I made him leave on Mother’s Day. Girlie had started copying his neurotic behavior and she now clings to me because she thinks I’m going to disappear like her father does without saying goodbye. There’s a ton of manipulation going on, plus mental illness stuff. I just can’t put up with it, be a good parent and stay healthy in that environment. I’ve tried, I’ve been patient, I’ve been supportive, he just does not want to get better. Sure, it sounds harsh, but his actions say more than his words do. Apologies without changes in behavior, money disappearing without explanation while not paying the mortgage in full each month, getting a new job then sabotaging it before the first day, refusing work because of a grudge only he understands and the big one- he put my child in a choke hold and only let go when my son punched him in the head. Distorted thought and a persecution complex are hard to treat especially when the patient refuses to follow doctor’s advice, because he “knows it won’t work.” Borderline personality disorders are hard because a lot of it is learned behavior and he talks about being a victim of so many people though he does not do anything to change these situations. Removing him from the home gives him the opportunity to no longer dread coming home, encountering me, my children or be expected to function in a family dynamic. Without those stressors in theory he should be able to learn to live if he chooses to.

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      1. It sounds as if you’re well shot of him. You have enough to deal with without a boyfriend with BPD. Concerning your comment about the disorder being largely learned behaviour – I’ve had some dealings with someone with an undiagnosed condition. I’m sure it’s BPD. She was my son’s girlfriend. Fortunately he got away from her. She is a dangerous woman who drove him almost to suicide. He became paranoid and violent, but has improved greatly since they split up. Knowing her background, I suspected a lot of it was learned behaviour, and you have confirmed that.

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      2. I’m sorry that you have experience with this craziness. To someone who has mental stability issues (me) this stuff is really impossible to live with. Distorted perceptions of simple conversations made for some really asinine conversations. The potential to be warped by this stuff is real. We’re working toward fixing some of the recent warping of Girlie’s behavior. Though the separation anxiety may be long lived. I’m glad to hear that your son has improved. parenting is a lifelong occupation. Take care!

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      3. I remember being told, when I was pregnant for the first time, that the next eighteen years of my life would be completely taken up by parenting. So far it’s been forty years, and still counting – although my oldest two grew up long ago.

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      4. I think that is a sign of good parenting. You are still in your child’s life and they, as adults, still need your input. If they wanted nothing to do with you, you would wonder why.

        I’m kind of happy for the help from my 20 year old. The support is eventually exchanged instead of freely given. 🙂

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  1. I have this real aggressive ivy and these mini like trees,I have not green thumb at all and lots of that poison stuff,my sweetie can’t do what she used to do so its Dragon at the Gardens Gate. Just thought I dropped by since you’ve been reading so much which i do appreciate,I’ve been doing more art as of late between your kind words and me seeing my old Art teacher I am slowly moving in the right direction,thank you for your encouragement &support
    As Sheldon Yoursly

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    1. Thanks for visiting. I’m so glad to hear that you’re doing more artwork. It is very hard to continue with art with so much chaos going on in my house. So, I write, I read, I garden to stay afloat. Sometimes while comforting a rambunctious toddler.

      I enjoy seeing your collage pieces. What a wonderful collection. It reminds me of pieces I made in high school and college. I never really learned to tell a story or make a statement the way you do. My pieces give the illusion of travel through space, so it’s more of a “follow me through my world” rather than “see from my point of view”. I miss art a lot. The repetition and slow progress of forming metal was my anti depressant medication before I knew I needed it.

      Art is so powerful. Movement in any direction is progress. I appreciate your support as well.

      Take care and happy art!


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