I’ve blogged before about my front walkway garden and its invasive goutweed. In fact, it’s not a garden at all, it’s a goutweed patch with a piece of landscaping fabric over it in an effort to stifle the goutweed and keep it from taking over the world.
Last summer I felt embarrassed about what my front garden was saying about me to the neighbourhood: that the person who lives in this house has no pride and is too lazy to try and make her place look nice. I promised myself that this year I’d make an effort to make things look better out there.
Well this year I’m looking at my front garden and it’s reminding me of cancer. It’s not entirely the goutweed’s fault, of course: a lot of things are reminding me of cancer. But goutweed’s an invasive weed and I have invasive ductal carcinoma, and the goutweed is spreading and I’m afraid the cancer is spreading, and, well, let’s face it, there are similarities.
I need to see something more hopeful out there in my front garden. I don’t think I can entirely get rid of the goutweed, but maybe I can keep it under control by weeding it more often. And maybe I can plant some other stuff that will survive in a goutweed patch.
I know some of you are avid and knowledgeable gardeners, and I’m hoping you might have some good suggestions for me about what to plant. It’s a north-facing walkway garden and it tends to get the late afternoon sun only.