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Self-heal

It’s no secret that I like wildflowers, but occasionally my affections are tested.

self-heal, Prunella, garden Victoria BC Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

Self-heal is a perennial with pretty pink (sometimes purple) flowers.  It’s tough as nails.  It thrives in moist meadows & dry roadsides alike.  It thrives so well that it’s pretty much worn out its welcome in my garden.  I always weed it out of formal beds and usually remove it from the rockery, in favor of plants I prefer.

self-heal, Prunella, garden Victoria BC Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

But I feel torn.

  •  Indigenous Peoples and cultures around the world have made good use of self-heal.
  • Bees & butterflies love the flowers.
  • Birds eat the seeds.
  • Deer nibble at the leaves without over-grazing.

Just because it self-sows willy-nilly, should I really be so judgmental?

A neighbor welcomes self-heal into her garden.  I can appreciate it there, but I’m not the one working to keep it from out-competing her other plants.  Lazy me.

self-heal, Prunella, garden Victoria BC Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

Self-heal has established itself in C’s lawn.  It seems to hold its own beside the grass, clover, wild violets and English daisies. It survives the mower and the foot traffic. I’m rather pleased that C’s monoculture ‘lawn’ is becoming more of a diversified ‘meadow’.  I’m just fine with enjoying the self-heal in this space, too.

self-heal, Prunella, garden Victoria BC Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

Perhaps this balances out barring it from the garden beds & borders?
Is it enough?
Am I redeemed?

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Hardy Fuchsia – A Delight In July

With all my attention spent getting seasonal color through winter & early spring, I kinda forgot about summer color.

photo by SVSeekins
photo by SVSeekins

Ooops.

Thank goodness for Hardy Fuchsia.

KC gifted me with a lovely little shrub before she moved from Sooke.  She hoped it would do better in town, as on her acreage the deer over-trimmed it.

Happily the city deer in our neighborhood have other tastes.  Who knows why?  That’s just the way it is.

photo by SVSeekins
photo by SVSeekins

I divided her little shrub into several pieces, and started them in different locations around the garden.  They all survived.  Cool.

  • Deer resistant – mostly (?)
  • Shade tolerant – yup
  • Drought tolerant – that too.
  • And Hummingbirds love it.
hardy fuchsia
photo by SVSeekins

Hardy Fuchsia has become a workhorse in this garden.

What could be better?
Thank you very much KC.

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Surviving Drought With Rock Rose

In the heat of summer I’m more interested in camping than staying home to water the garden.

cistus, sunset rock rose, garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins

Happily the spring extravaganza of bloom was mostly bulb, and being spring ephemerals, they’re content to dry up & hibernate until the rains come again. But I’m not content with a brown garden in July.

Rock Rose to the rescue.

cistus, sunset rock rose, garden Victoria, Vancouver Island, BC, Pacific Northwest
photo by SVSeekins
  1. Once established, Cistus ‘sunset’ has proven to be one tough-as-nails, evergreen shrub.
  2. it’s fuzzy leaves make the most of any dew or moisture they find.
  3. Our local deer find it unpalatable.
  4. The butterflies & other pollinators gravitate to the energizing magenta flowers.
  5. The honey fragrance of the blooms makes it a good choice to plant near a high-traffic area.

Those 5 reasons easily convinced me that Cistus is a keeper for our landscape.

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