In praise of weeds

One of my goals is to have my cultivated areas look as good as my weed patches. More pix from 2006 …

Swamp milkweed shedding seed.

Swamp milkweed shedding seed.

Asters and goldenrod.

Asters and goldenrod.

I have no clue what this is, other than it’s on the viny side, is very aggressive toward the end of the season, and comes in a white-flowered version as well as this reddish type. Maybe a polygonum of some kind?

Wet area weed

And a late addition, Daucus carota aka Queen Anne’s Lace.

Queen Anne's Lace

Update: Must be weeds are on everyone’s minds today. Human Flower Project has an ode to cleavers today.

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3 thoughts on “In praise of weeds”

  1. “invisible shivers going down my spine” —

    Oh, to think of Queen Anne’s Lace and goldenrod as a “weeds” again.

    And is that the milkweed that monarchs go for?


  2. J.: It’s my understanding that monarchs feed on the entire Asclepias genus including swamp milkweed (A. incarnata).

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