by AnneWareham on June 25, 2012

Cleavers at Veddw copyright Anne Wareham

I do wonder as I’m pulling out streamers of cleavers ( Cleavers, Clivers, Goosegrass, Stickywilly, Stickywillow, Stickyjack, Stickyleaf, Catchweed, Robin-run-the-hedge, Coachweed, Bedstraw) which break off as I pull – would I do better to be patient, let it fill out and toughen up – and then I might be able to pull it out by the root? As it is I’m simply pulling little bits off.

This is one weed I don’t like, it makes things look messy.

But pulling it out with no breaking off is a sort of satisfaction. Wait or what?

Veddw House Garden, Monmouthshire, Wales. June. Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt' copyright Charles Hawes

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Zoë June 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm

My hens love to eat it and I am told it makes a very good restorative tisane too. The Paeony is lovely. Which is it?

AnneWareham June 25, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Do the hens pull it up for you or do you have to help them to it? Critical issue, that…Though I don’t know how they’d reach it, the way it drapes itself over plants three and four feet high..

If you stroke the Paeony picture with your mouse (sounds fun! – is this an obscure trick? All my pictures are done like this) you will see its name… XXXXX

Zoë June 25, 2012 at 7:23 pm

No hens and gardens don’t mix. The hens don’t discriminate and will eat everything! I pull it out and feed it to them.

AnneWareham June 25, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I thought as much. If hens were the solution I’d have heard about their wunder powers by now…!