G is for Groundcover like ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) otherwise known as gill-over-the-ground, seen here creeping from my lawn into the new Lawn Beds.
There is a lot of cross-over, if not confusion, about what is a wildflower, weed, or ‘real plant.’ A friend was trying to figure out how to rid of the gill-over-the-ground that had suffocated the strawberries growing under her grapevines. We discussed carboard and solarizing, but another friend asked why she didn’t just leave the gill-over-the-ground. It was a wildflower with pretty blue flowers, made a nice ground covering mat and kept out other ‘weeds.’ Sounded like a good idea. That is what she is doing. Maybe I will too.
When this ground ivy, gill-over-the ground isn’t keeping out weeds it can be used as a spring tonic, an appetite stimulant and has other more serious medicinal uses.
I might let my own gill-over-the-ground have its way more often, but others feel very differently
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