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Wish I hadn’t planted!

I’ve been digging up grape hyacinths for 2 years now, the blighters get everywhere! It’s such a shame as I love the early colour in the garden but wish they would stay put and not spread so much. I’ve resorted to pulling out the leaves as some have settled themselves around the roots of other plants I want to keep or are too deep to dig up with a hand fork/trowel. These plants should sold with a warning.

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  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 6,674
    • Agree totally, I inherited it when I moved in the house.  Every year I dig up loads but can't seem to get rid of them.
    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • jaffacakesjaffacakes IrelandPosts: 424
    edited April 2020
    Yes inherited a garden overrun with them too and very hard to see what's coming up through them. I'm thinking of digging up clumps in autumn when they start sending up new leaves instead. I'm worried about damaging anything growing around them now. I am deadheading most of the flowers to prevent seeding though.
  • pr1mr0sepr1mr0se Posts: 1,160
    I have some and they are not a problem (yet?)
    I remember my mum used to cut the leaves off the nuisance GHs and, naturally, over time they gave up the ghost.  Whether that was by luck or judgement, I have no idea, since we are talking some 50 years ago!
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,101
    I planted some muscari (just the common blue ones) when we first moved here over 30 years ago, expecting them to spread out into a nice big swathe. They come up every year but haven't spread much at all. Tulip "Lilac wonder" planted at the same time has spread quite a lot.
  • WilderbeastWilderbeast East YorkshirePosts: 1,311
    @Rik56 I'm with you there it over took 2 beds 9mt X 4mt in 18months spent a couple of hours taking a shed load out. It is however very happy in the shallow part of our pond and it can't go far there 
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