Growing right behind the False Indigo has been a vine with a pretty white flower. It's gotten a little invasive and is taking over one of my Clematis vines. Why fight nature? I'm putting in a new bed so I figured I'd move my Clematis and let this flowering vine take over. It was growing much faster than the Clematis and provided a nice barrier.
While at my mother-in-laws this weekend (she's a Master Gardener) I was sharing my plan. My sister-in-law (who is REALLY into gardening and a pet lover) wanted to make sure she knew what this plant was and that it wouldn't be a danger to our two dogs.
Today she e-mailed me that she thought it was a vine that was poisonous to animals. After checking out the photo I figured out it wasn't what she thought it was but decided to do some more searching.
Being the diligent gardener that I am (that was tongue in cheek!) I decided to pick a section of the vine so that I could compare it to the pictures on the Internet. Yeah, that's a good decision as long as you are certain it's not POISON IVY!
Imagine my surprise (and horror) when I discovered that the lovely flower I was holding looked suspiciously like the Poison Ivy pictured right on my screen. Being the Doubting Thomas that I sometimes am, I had to take my laptop back to the garden and verify. Yep, it does have leaves of three. Yep, it does have a white flower that looks just like the picture. How lovely! I've included a picture above in case anyone out there wants to disprove my assumption that it's Poison Ivy. Anyone? Anyone? Please!!!
Hmmmm, I think I'll be digging up the Poison Ivy and leaving the Clematis. That sounds like a good job for the hubby, doesn't it?
Well, I better go shower. I did wash my hands but am definitely starting to feel itchy. Hopefully it's just my imagination kicking in but the Internet experts suggest a thorough showering and a dousing with alcohol. I guess my computer is going to need one to!
I'll keep you apprised of the rash situation :)
Have you had any expected finds in your garden?
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