Sunday, July 18, 2010

Today's Flowers Gooseneck Loosestrife




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Thought I would say a word or two about gooseneck loosestrife, it is a very invasive aggressive plant, it does best in years when there is a lot of rain as we have had this year.  Each spring I pull it out by the wheelbarrow loads to keep it in check, I keep it around because it attracts lots of butterflies, pollinators and other buggies. 

15 comments:

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Your photos of plants and butterflies (and buggies) are so good. I love visiting! That plant is pretty nice looking anyway and worthwhile keeping it in check I would imagine to attract all those lovely visitors

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I have a little patcho of gooseneck loosestrife and it is doing pretty well this year. I have heard that it is invasive so I will watch it. Your shots were wonderful.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

It is beautiful though--great photos,

i beati said...

It's the greatest blender in a garden don't you think and easily attracts the gorgeous butterflies..sandy

Corner Gardener Sue said...

We have our grandson on Saturdays. Lately, I've been driving around looking at people's yards while he goes to sleep in the car. He usually stays asleep when we get home. I look down the street at the intersection, going where I see flowers. I've been seeing gooseneck loosestrife, thinking how pretty it is. Now that you've said insects love it, I wonder if it would grow in a washtub and survive winter. I am growing a few other invasive plants, like butter and eggs, and a couple kinds of bugleweed in tubs.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Do you know what those wasps are? I have some that look like that.

Ciss B said...

Beautiful plant. Here we have huge problems with the wild purple loosestrife. Yours is gorgeous as are the butterflies of course!

Denise said...

What a lovely flower and lovely critters also. Super photos, thanks for sharing.
An English Girl Rambles

The Japanese Redneck said...

Beautiful flowers. Luv the pictures.

Tricia said...

GORGEOUS shots! I love them all - So very very beautiful!!!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Sue, I'm not sure what the wasps are, not sure about the loosestrife growing in a washtub either, it is very hardy so it might, if you want some next spring, let me know I can give you lots of it :).

Cheri said...

Don;t think I have that in our yard but we have had no rain this summer so it would be having a hard time!

carolina mts

Sheryl at Providence Acres Farm said...

I have some of that too. I love it! Its part of my white "moon" garden.

Garden Lily said...

Beautiful photos. I'm going to take a better look, I have something looking like the gooseneck loosestrife growing in my garden this year, and I don't remember planting it!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

LOL I just did a search to see if gooseneck loosestrife will grow in a washtub, and this post was on the list. I planted a Culver's root plant in the front yard today, and think I will try some g.l. in one of my tubs that's in the front yard, too. I'm pretty sure the nursery my mom and I are going to tomorrow has some.

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