Posted: 01/07/2015 at 12:07
I planted houttynia on the edges of my natural pond, hoping it would spread and cover the ground. It was killed off by its first winter but, naturally, the creeping buttercup, bindweed, couch grass, nettles, docks, thistles and bindweed live on and the flag iris someone kindly donated is now busy terraforming the pond.
Beware of kind gifts and beware of trying to convert centuries old cow pasture into a garden right next to the bigger pasture that's now classified as a site of special interest for all the native plants and critters it harbours. It's such a fertile bed for all manner of undesirable thugs that won't take a hint.