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3 mai 2011 2 03 /05 /mai /2011 21:02

Hello friends!



Lately, I haven't been bloging as much and I haven't been reading your blogs as regularly as I used to... There's a reason. The Little White House is under siege and it takes so much of my time and energy to try to save it. So here's our enemy:




Dernièrement, la Petite Maison Blanche doit faire face à un envahisseur corriace, la renouée du Japon est venue du champ d'à côté et a profité des travaux dans mon jardin pour le coloniser.


It's called Japanese Knotweed and it's colonising the garden for an unknown reason: it arrived from the field behind my garden. It could have been brought by the tires of an engine or a bird even as a tiny fragment is enough to  begin a colony! It's nearly impossible to eradicate it.  I tried to get rid of the most of it, with the desperate hope that it will weaken the plant.


Il est pratiquement impossible de s'en débarrasser. J'ai essayé d'arracher tout ce qui pousse dans mon jardin et dans le champ à côté dans l'espoir, peut-être vain, de l'affaiblir.




The above picture is what was taken from my garden and the field yesterday.


But already this morning it was growing back.


Mais cela repousse chaque jour.




Next week, I will meet a gardener that know a little about that b*** (the scientific name of the plant is really close to the word "b***" in French, so you can guess what nickname I gave it! - that or "Alien"): most gardeners called just don't know the first thing about it, so I really don't see how they can help me. If I'm going to spend a fortune, I want it to be efficient.


Je dois rencontrer la semaine prochaine un jardinier qui sait ce que c'est. J'espère qu'il aura des idées et des conseils, au moins pour la contenir pour qu'elle ne gangèrne pas le jardin.



So this put on hold my herb garden project, though it had begun well (I think):






Cela a donc mis à l'arrêt mon jardin de simples qui avait pourtant bien commencé.





Update: a few days later...


I won't deny it, I cried. It might seem stupid, but I've dreamed of having a garden for thirty years. I had plans for that garden and sudenly all is threatened by a stupid plant. Now, I know, it's not the worth thing that could happen in life and I try to put everything in perspective... I won't be able to do what I wanted, but now, I'm back to my usual self - a fighter. Ideas are springing in my tiny brain and maybe, just maybe, this will just be a new challenge on how to organise the garden differently from my first plan... I'll tell you about my ideas as soon as they are less blurry.




Quelques jours plus tard...

Je l'avoue, j'ai pleuré. Cela peut paraître ridicule, mais j'avais tellement rêvé de ce jardin, que l'idée de le "perdre" à cause d'une plante qui peut tout envahir m'a assomée. Oui, oui, je sais, il y a bien pire dans la vie et je tente de remettre les choses à leur juste place. Aussi, des idées commencent à germer dans ma tête sur des aménagements possibles tenant compte de la renouée. Peut-être est-ce finalement juste un défi à relever, et personne n'aime relever les défis autant que moi!




I would like to say a big THANK YOU to my parents who have just been amazing these last few days, coming to help me, answering my 2-3 phone calls a day when I need to share my ideas and not making fun of me when I cried when they helped me put some old linoleum on that part of the garden to try to slow down the plant's progression.


Un grand MERCI à mes parents pour leur soutien de tous les instants ces derniers jours. Je ne sais même pas comment ils ne me raccrochent pas au nez quand je les appelle trois fois par jour pour leur parler de mes nouvelles idées...




Magali, from the Little White House



If you've had Japanese Knotweed in your garden and managed to get rid of it or at least control it, please, I'm all ears (or rather all eyes!)... No desperate message, please!!!

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Mam 09/05/2011 07:40

Nous sommes avec toi ! Et comme je te l'ai déjà dit, tu es tenace et tu finiras par la détruire cette méchante renouée !

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