Recently I talked about Vinca and Periwinkle and getting the two confused. Now that I have finally decided how to handle the name calling in my Georgia Garden, I will show you the one I call Vinca.
Vinca has a beautiful Periwinkle bloom which I adore in the spring time.
My parents have a ton of this stuff growing in their Tennessee garden and I asked dad for a pluck of the pretty. Well, a pluck I got as he passed along 3 springs of the plant in a pot for me to add to my garden.
I tested the Saints temper by having him help me pick up this stump I spotted along the roadside. Obviously it had fallen off a truck while on the way to the landfill near our home. I planted the Vinca sprigs by the stump along with a Spider Plant that returned after I had tossed it into the woods from what I thought was a winter death. I learned that Spider plants will return in our mild climate. To the back of the stump are what materialized of the sprigs when planted in 2005. By March of 2006, I could see sprouts coming up from the vining of the previous year along with the returning Spider plant.
By June of 2006, I knew I would have lots of Vinca in time as it was really starting to spread.
May of 2007 and the Vinca continues to spread.
The Spider plants have had babies and they are spreading as well.
I failed to snap any progress pictures for the year 2008 but here is the same area now in 2009. A blanket of fallen leaves make a nice mulch on top of pine straw.
We also added a few Ostrich Fern this year but they did not fair too well and I don't expect to see them next year.
OJ kitty loves to creep around in the Vinca and stalk birds. Unfortunately, he catches one on occasion. Bad kitty!
I have heard many bad words where Vinca is concerned with its taking over. So far, I am happy with the Vinca and seem to be keeping it at bay from the Patio areas. I believe the trick to planting invasive plants is to know they can be invasive and give them plenty of room to roam.
I am so happy with my Vinca that I plan to take sprigs and move them to where we have erosion around the run-off creek to keep the soil in place. The deer do not seem to eat it at all and I do enjoy their spring flowers and little to no care from me.
Now forgive me dad for the unkind things I was thinking of you when only passing along 3 little measly sprigs of your Vinca! I now believe you about how quickly VINCA FILLS THE GAPS, In the Garden...