I could summon garviola; though it took me a while to realize it, since I guess they start as baby plants. Only thing is, they all died on me once I left my homeland.
And I haven't played as swamp elves, but I know the arch thing you're talking about. The arches work fine for forest elves, because you can't get past the water in front of them. But I can see how the arches can be a nightmare...
That was so funny, I laughed twice.