Throughout Alabama, privet (Ligustrum vulgare and Ligustrum sinense) are in bloom. These large, lax evergreen shrubs are non-native invasive plants that present real weeding problems to gardeners throughout the state. In the fall, the dull blue-black fruit are consumed by birds. Bird droppings introduce the seeds everywhere, and too many of them germinate.
Pictured are a two-leaved, week-old seedling; a slightly larger, easier to spot seedling; and a month-old seedling. Anything larger than a foot tall can be difficult to pull. But, removal of these invasive privet seedlings as soon as they are spotted is just good gardening. Herbicides are not reliable on older privet plants, and seedlings are often hidden in the foliage of valuable garden plants. So, today I weeded privet. I just wish I could say I got through with that task.