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Turf Wars

I’m a garden gal, not a lawn lady, so little by little over the years I have managed to turn various patches of turf into flower beds.  I have my eye on a few more spots, and these little gems are my first sneaky step toward taking over another corner of lawn.  I’ve grown Grape Hyacinths inside the cement ring of an old cistern in my kitchen garden area for years, so when they became crowded a while back I planted some of the tiny bulbs under the trees in my front yard.  These are referred to as a “Plant and Forget” spring flowering bulb by theplantexpert.com, and forget them is exactly what I did. Not until I discovered their pretty blooms peeking up at the base of the pecan trees this week did I remember that the little bulbs were there. 

Muscari or Grape Hyacinths

Grape Hyacinths naturalize (come back year after year and multiply), which makes them perfect for my “take it while he’s not looking” approach to changing front lawn to garden space.  Some writers seem less fond of them, describing them as “invasive”, but it’s an invasion I think I can tolerate.  

Unlike the hyacinth I purchased at the garden center last weekend, Grape Hyacinths are not actually hyacinths, but Muscari.  Like true hyacinths they do have a lovely fragrance, but because of their tiny size it is easy to miss, unless you make a habit of crawling around with your nose near the ground. 


Our noses may be too far away to detect the fragrance, but it seems to have gotten the attention of this bee.

Grape Hyacinth with a Bee

Before long these blooms will fade and the spiky plants will be cut back along with the grass in which they are hidden.  I may forget even forget about them entirely.  But next spring they will return, along with more, and my mission to increase my territory will be closer to fulfillment. 

Look out lawn, I’m closing in on you.




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  1. By Finding the Forgotten on 6 Mar ’12 at 10:30 pm

    [...] could be spring bulbs popping up in unexpected corners of the garden.  A photograph of a long-forgotten event. [...]

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