What are these weird things growing by my chrysanthemums?
May 26, 2014 4:36 PM Subscribe
Garden experts: do you have any idea what these odd, ugly objects are growing in our garden
? They have appeared in just the past few days next to a couple of mums. They look totally spooky. Are they a danger to our garden plants?
Late last summer we gutted our flower (aka weed) garden, removing a large pine tree stump, much of the soil, and weeds. We simply replaced it with a new layer of topsoil and a 3" layer of mulch (pine bark). It was so late in the season already that we didn't plant anything right away. In September I planted several fall decorative Mums to add color for the autumn, but assumed they would die off in the winter (we're in Zone 4 - Minneapolis). Happily albeit surprisingly, two plants made it through our unending, arctic winter and are growing nicely. The weird growths
are emerging near the mums.
Regarding the garden bed: It gets afternoon and evening sun (partial southern exposure; full western exposure). The soil drains well, and we have not used any herbicides or insecticides (we're planting almost all native plants and only use organic materials). Over the past couple of weeks I have planted new perennials for the flower bed, but they are so small -- and planted a fair distance away from the mums -- that it seems that the new plants cannot be the source. There are still roots from the old pine tree under the soil - but the tree itself was removed 3 years ago.