About a month ago I shared a photo of my rus­tic mimosa tree trel­lis for the cucum­bers. I fash­ioned the trel­lis from the trunks of mimosas from a few of the trees he had chopped down a cou­ple of weeks before. I was hop­ing they would look just rus­tic once they were cov­ered with the cucum­ber vines. I didn’t expect them to grow!

Unfor­tu­nately, they are. They are sprout­ing every­where. They’re sunk about two feet into the soil and now cov­ered with cucum­ber vines, so I’m not inclined to hoist them up mid-summer. But pulling them up is def­i­nitely on the to-do list for fall cleanup.

Trust me. Although mimosas are rather pretty trees with charm­ing fan-shaped pink flow­ers, they are extremely inva­sive. We have a grove of them—and many more volunteers—to prove it.

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10 Responses to “Everything’s Growing in the Garden”

  1. Kylee from Our Little Acre Says:

    OMG, that is too funny! How are your Cypress Vines doing? I didn’t plant any this year, but they’re com­ing up all over the place! LOL
    .-= Kylee from Our Lit­tle Acre´s last blog ..Throw a Gar­den Party! =-.

  2. cityslipper (small kitchen garden) Says:

    How can you not love plants? Last year I used green apple twigs as stakes and mark­ers in my gar­den. I delib­er­ately set them tree-side-down out of curios­ity: would they grow? Sev­eral sprouted leaves and looked healthy through the grow­ing sea­son, but none sur­vived the win­ter.
    .-= citys­lip­per (small kitchen garden)´s last blog ..Kill Peaches in Your Small Kitchen Gar­den =-.

  3. Dee @ Red Dirt Ramblings Says:

    Robin, that should be won­der­ful as a trellis.~~Dee

  4. Mr. McGregor's Daughter Says:

    I won­der if coat­ing the limbs in var­nish would be enough to stop them sprout­ing? It’s always the weeds that are so resilient.
    .-= Mr. McGregor’s Daughter´s last blog ..My Best Shot =-.

  5. Carrie Says:

    Robin how do your orange lilies stay so neat look­ing? Mine are beau­ti­ful but raggedy!
    .-= Carrie´s last blog ..Pic­tures from the Longest Day of the Year! =-.

  6. Gardener on Sherlock Street Says:

    I had no idea mimosa limbs would do that. A unique trel­lis for sure.
    .-= Gar­dener on Sher­lock Street´s last blog ..Onions On The Patio =-.

  7. meemsnyc Says:

    Wow, can’t believe they sprouted leaves!
    .-= meemsnyc´s last blog ..Lit­tle sur­prise! =-.

  8. Layanee Says:

    An inter­est­ing devel­op­ment. The unex­pected is intriguing.


    Might I sug­gest you keep the gar­den mimosas to the alco­holic vari­ety?
    .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Oh Boy! Boy­sen­berry =-.

  10. Lisa Says:

    That’s sim­ply amaz­ing, I hope you’ll get a chance to post a fol­low up pic at the end of the sea­son. I bet the cucum­bers are going to be confused ;)

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, is now available from Taunton Press. Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.


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