Another day, another adversary. This time I came across an old foe, Houttuynia cordata or the heart leaved Houttynia. If I was Sherlock Holmes it would be my Moriarty. It is an awkward customer from the start, having an unpronounceable name (for me and I have tried honest), I prefer to call it “that darned rootin tootin nightmare”. If this alone wasn’t enough, the way it invades the borders makes Attila the Hun appear lacking in ambition. So today involved more digging and rooting around like a truffle pig (although I believe they use dogs nowadays but I mustn’t get diverted) in an attempt to remove all the brittle and extensive rhizomes. Of course they will all pop up again in the spring and the lovely Lavinia will wonder exactly what have I been up to!
The photo above is of a well behaved, non invasive, darkly beautiful penstemon. Teacher’s Pet of the Day.