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Mind Your Own Business

by User Not Found | Mar 14, 2012


MIND-YOUR-OWN-BUSINESSI was out and about in my garden recently when a passing neighbour asked me “what's the name of that plant growing near your gate?"  I told him “mind your own business” and he took great offence and turned a bright shade of red until I explained that my father always called it by that name and that it is also called “Babies Tears”. I went on to tell him that I classed it as a bit of a weed as it spreads quickly and it can grow quite happily in a lawn and take over the grass if it is shaded.

Its Latin name is Helxine soleirolii and it makes a great liner for hanging baskets instead of moss as it is a nice fresh green. It will keep growing and covers the wire completely making a lovely green ball. I used to plant trailing Nasturtium seed into the top of my hanging baskets and these would grow and hang down the sides and flower themselves silly provided you could keep them well fed and watered.

One trick that I use is to fill an empty lemonade bottle with water (and plant feed if needed) and punch a small hole into the cap and bottom that would allow the water to slowly drip out. I would then hide it amongst the foliage and leave it water the basket nice and slowly. If you are in a panic in the morning before work of an expected hot day it is a quick way of keeping them alive until you are home later.


All the best for now,

Malachy