I feel so much better now that most of them are gone. We can now walk down the path, although we can no longer go through the gate. The nest we saw last week, hidden inside the crossvine, on the gate and just that is just visible at the back, has a cardinal sitting on eggs. So no opening the gate for a few weeks, and no removing the vine which David has been begging me to do since last year. he wants to paint the gate.
I pulled out bluebonnets in the sunken garden too. After all I couldn't risk damage to my Wright's skullcap, back for the fourth year. I can't believe how this one has grown into such a perfect mound. It is not in flower yet but I love it just as it is.
It isn't just bluebonnets either. In a 3" space at the steps leading down to the vegetable garden there is a selection of blanket flowers, larkspur, California poppies, love in a mist and two kinds of sedum. In the end I'll pull them out but for now I have other places on which I need to concentrate.
I am constantly pulling out poppies, dahlberg daisy, verbena and blanket flowers along the pathway past the veggie beds. But for all the extra work and grumbling I love having plants growing along the pathways and in the gravel. Some I will let stay to maturity and they will encourage pollinators and add interest to the stone and gravel. Mother nature often plants just the right plant in the perfect spot. In fact I have decided that most of the time she plants and I try to perfect.
As to bluebonnet seeds for next year. I have plenty of those. These ones growing along the new granite pathway at the back will be saved to spread into other areas of the garden.
Here is one plant mother nature has not yet planted in my garden and I wish she would. This morning, I spotted this sweet smelling, Amsonia tubiflora, growing wild on an undeveloped lot nearby. I sent the image to Joseph Marcus at the Wildflower Center who was able to identify it for me. He was very excited because he said this was growing at the Eastern end of its range and he had never seen the flower. I have the blue amsonia growing here but have never, ever seen this white one before. What a surprise.