Thursday, March 30, 2006


The eastern beds of Gene Stratton-Porter's formal garden on Sylvan Lake. The beautiful green beds clearly show the bones of this garden, with the sitting arbor in back. If left untouched, these green beds will explode with delicate white flowers in a few weeks. Unfortunately, it is my goal to remove these bulbs, many the size of a piece of rice, to allow other things to grow and bloom! Posted by Picasa

4 comments:

Jordana said...

What are the white flowers you wish to remove? I think we have something similar growing in our yard, but I haven't figured out what they are.

Earth Girl said...

Star of Bethlehem. The leaves are deceptively similar to crocus, but the bulb is a white oval while crocus is a brown flattened bulb. Research has shown that there is no effective herbicide, except for a soil sterilizer. That means digging them up. I think I'll start a bed at a time; otherwise, it would be overwhelming.

Rachel @ Grace said...
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rachel said...

this is an older post but i found by googling "invasive star of bethlehem"... i have tons of them growing on my tiny lot. lst year i tried moving them all to the border, but they spend so long just looking like crocus leaves or crab grass, by the time they bloom (and only about 1/4 of them did) they look yellow and diseased. i have dug up hundreds of them already. and keep in mind - i have only .04 acres!

just wanted to share your pain. i am going to continue digging them up now that the few have flowered and finished.