Last summer while visiting friends in Portland I was introduced to “lysimachia clethroides,” better know as Gooseneck Loosestrife. The introduction came via a huge bucketful of white flowers that truly resembled a gaggle of geese. I was smitten. Who wouldn’t want to see this dazzling display swaying in the summer breeze in their backyard?
Luckily my friend had a few plants to spare and I happily trucked them back to Coeur d’Alene. I wasn’t very timely in getting the transplants in the ground – in fact I’m pretty sure it was late September before I managed to dig them in. Knowing my penchant for digging things up (not always by accident), I placed a large marker in the spot and anticipated my own flock of geese in the spring!
Even with the plant marker I managed to rip out a shoot during one of the marathon weeding sessions this spring. But I guess invasive species are hard to knock down, and I am delighted to say that my GNLS is a healthy flock of two with some goslings shooting up alongside. Hal swears we’ll wake up one morning surrounded by white goosenecks.
|Burgundy Gooseneck Loosestrife|
We’ll see what next spring brings; but in the meantime, don’t turn me in to the EPA!