Cleavers

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

Send to Kindle

Subscribe to the Veddw Blog

Enter your email address to get new articles from the Veddw House Garden blog by email:

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

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?

Reply

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

Reply

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.

Reply

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…!

Reply

Leave a Comment