When I bought my pond plant in order to oxygenate the water, I was warned that it might take over and I think it is even banned in Ireland because of this. However, I don’t personally see the threat:
True, the plant has been knocked about by bathing birds. It also probably needed to be repotted and possible fed – I didn’t think about this in conceiving the pond. And I’m not fussed on buying commercial feed.
On the other hand, five years ago the bay tree was little more than a seedling, just a few inches tall. Now, it is at least five feet in height, so I’ve got more bay leaves than I could ever need.
The purple flowers in the above photo are bergamot. This too has been a pleasing purchase. Grown from seed, it has increased in vigour this year to produce more flower heads and hopefully next year will be even better.
Also, latterly, the rhubarb has picked up speed. Earlier in the growing season, I was concerned as it was not thriving after its move this spring. I have therefore picked the stems only sparingly and next year I expect an abundant crop.