These are random musings of my life journey, the people, animals, places, and events which have woven, and continue to weave, a tapestry that is me. We all know there is no real destination, only the ongoing experiences which blend together, creating the trail. Each step gives a glimpse of what is to come, without allowing me to see the end result. It is exciting. I have a home base that is mine, that gives me a place to rest. This is it. This is where my heart is, no matter where I journey...................

Monday, September 15, 2008

I'm Winning!!!

I did it! I DID IT!! I finished the War of the Roses Thistles! They are all cut, buds and blossoms bagged to decompose, stalks stacked. The stems leading to the roots have been sprayed with RoundUp. Now I can sit back, put my feet up, open a beer and ...... Wait! No, I can't! I haven't won the War, just the Battle. sigh.

  • I have to leave the blossoms in the black bags to decompose so they wont start new plants. I don't know how long that will take, but I really don't care. My work on those is done.
  • I need to rake up the dead, dry stalks and leaves into my already begun stacks, in preparation for burning. Old ones from years past are all over the ground, but I can't really get to them until everything has dried a little more.
  • I need to let the stalks dry out a little, then I can burn them. Thank goodness, I don't have to bag any more of them as I did in the beginning. I called the County to find out, and they told me that I can burn them. I have to call and check with them before I burn, that day or the day before. If there is not a burn restriction order, I simply have to inform them so that if people call about the smoke, they will know to not send the firefighters out. If there is a restriction (if it dries out before I decide to burn, the danger will be elevated) then I have to have a permit to burn. But, the bottom line is, I can burn those suckers!!! I already bagged 10 of those huge contractor's trash bags full before I learned I could burn, and if I had to bag what is left it would be about that much or more!! Whew.
  • I need to walk the property at least every three days, looking for new plants and zapping them with RoundUp. Pulling them won't necessarily work because if you break off a piece of the main root, it can grow back.
  • I will begin again with the first showing of green in the spring, and as soon as I can identify the thistles from the other plants, to hit them with RoundUp. This will have to continue as in the previous step, throughout all of next spring, summer and fall. After that? Who knows? I will have to be vigilant forever.
But the good thing is that this should be the last time I have to slay the Dragons blossoms and stalks. If I don't get sloppy, I won't have to do anything but the spraying from now on, and honestly, probably only once a week by year after next. Maybe even next year, if I can kill them fast enough that the roots don't start other plants. The trouble is that a lot .... A LOT .... of seed is already on the ground and until all of that either dies or I kill it, I have to keep up the frequent walks. Well, at least I'm getting exercise, right? ARGHHH!

One thing I hated about cutting all those down is that the bees, butterflies and other critters were loving that thistle patch. The blossoms are fragrant, and they were constantly after the nectar. I hated to take away their dining hall. I do, however, have other wild flowers around the property, and I suspect it will be enough.

So the battle is won, although the war continues. Let's hope this doesn't last as long as that war that is so often in the news these days.

Hey! Just sayin'!!


  1. winning. oh. wait. i read too fast and i thought you wrote "i am whining" and the post didn't make sense the first time i read it. now i get it...need to slow down.

  2. (M)ary, trust me, I've done my share of wHining over this task!!!

  3. Why is it... when we DON'T want something to grow - it grows like wildfire and we mostly have to coax/baby things we DO want! LOL Congrats on winning the battle!

  4. Hope the battle is's a tough one. My dad battled that one all his life.

  5. Boy, I could use your help on my yard. I get advertisements from those TruGreen type companies all the time. I swear it's my neighbors who send them my way.

  6. MQ, I know! I was thinking that today! I have some flowers and plants that I wish would grow with the vigor of those thistles. Gah.

    MJ, boy, I hope so, too. I'm tired! I don't remember seeing thistles in MO/KS area, but I probably didn't pay attention. I have just 2/3 acre .... I can't imagine fighting it on a whole farm!

    Dave, when I lived in the city and had more income, I had TruGreen, and I loved it. When I priced professional removal for these thistles I about gagged! And after getting to this level in my fight, I understand why it is so expensive! Sorry, you couldn't pay me enough to do this!! Oh, wait, on second thought ......!!! LOL!

  7. Thistles are tough to beat! I am glad to hear you won the but they could be lurking somewhere in the back of the garden just waiting to raise their beautiful heads.

  8. IE, yes, they present a hard fight, for sure. I know for sure they will be back because there are about umpty-eleven-trillion of those furry little seeds on the ground out there. I'm raking up what I can, but I know I will probably be able to collect only 1/10th of them, I'm sure. I have several years of battles ahead of me. They do have beautiful (but very vicious) heads, don't they?


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