Variegated Plant 1

Haiku 215

If you grow my side

Technically you are now mine!

Law of the jungle


Variegated Plant 2

So how did I steal these plants?

There used to be a broken down wooden fence between my property and the neighbours. This old fence became overgrown with their creeping ivy, bulging out on both sides, till nothing remained of the fence.

Underneath the ivy, in a few places, some of the neighbour’s plants grew through on my side.

Variegated Plant 3

Two and a half years ago we replaced the mass of overgrown ivy with a vibracrete wall on the property line. I planted four honeysuckle bushes along my side and carefully tended them. I noticed a few straggly bits of plant had survived from the neighbour’s side, even after the wall was built. Well, as Nature knows no boundaries, it’s Finders Keepers and all the more for me!

Variegated Plant 4

I also carefully tended these stolen plants; weeding and watering along with the honeysuckle. The plants have variegated leaves of green and white and are pretty to look at, even without any flowers. In fact, I didn’t know they were supposed to bloom.

However, they have finally rewarded all my gardening by producing a few purple flowers. Now they are even prettier.

How lovely. Stolen plants and free flowers!


34 thoughts on “Stolen

    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ˜€
      I am in two minds about ivy! It is a lovely green cover, but over here at least, it grows ferociously and I am forever hacking it back! – Or else the whole garden would disappear! πŸ˜€
      It doesn’t die out in winter, but merely grows a little slower! πŸ˜€


    1. scifihammy Post author

      Curation. I like that! πŸ˜€
      You are spot on. Apparently it is a Vinca major – Periwinkle. I credit you with being the only one to correctly guess in my post today. πŸ˜€

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  1. oldmainer

    The blooms have me boggled but other then that the variegation and their creeping habit suggest they are a variety of creeping euonymous. I have seen them with yellow variegation as well. Beautiful none the less. Lucky you.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you very much. I have found out they are Periwinkle πŸ˜€ Whatever they are, I agree – I am lucky to have them. πŸ˜€


      1. Garfield Hug

        You are good with your gardening hands! The plants thrive under you and I am seeing it. Glad you are potting about the yard keeping busy with the lock in and lack of electricity to be posting daily. Take care and happy weekend ahead!

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      2. scifihammy Post author

        Thank you so much πŸ˜€
        Yes, we are still house-bound, even though the Lockdown has relaxed a little – we are encouraged to stay home unless a necessary errand.
        I am so grateful to have a garden to potter in and sit out under the trees. It is a life-saver! πŸ˜€


  2. long4h2o

    Unless you’ve dug them up and transplanted them without permission, you didn’t steal them. The leaves look like hostas, but the flower look like clematis. Looks to me like you’re harboring some runners but unless they’re fugitives you’ve done a very loving thing. πŸ‘

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  3. Murphy's Law

    Finders keepers, losers weepers is right! Beautiful plant. I bet the neighbors don’t even know they’re gone. Enjoy your unexpected windfall.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      haha Thank you πŸ˜€
      The plants are kind of creepers, so I think I just got a few stragglers growing through. But you’re right, I’m sure the neighbours have no idea they ‘gave’ them to me! πŸ˜€


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