Weeds appear in every gardening space. At least, I know they pop up here regularly. Some are unwelcome guests. Others, not at all. The good thing is that you get to choose who stays and who goes.
Those opened into tiny pretty flowers. So I turned to a friend to identify the plant. It’s Poke, Pokeweed or Poke Salad (Phytolacca americana). Flowers and fruits are toxic. The leaves can be eaten but must be processed properly.
A little research reveals that they grow quite large. So at the end of the summer, this one will be pulled up. It’s actually quite pretty at this stage, but I don’t want it taking over.
After a really good rain (praise and thanksgiving for that), these Rain Lilies (Zephyranthes atamasca) appeared in the fields and yard. Also known as Zephyr or Fairy Lily, they are native to the U.S. Cultivated species with white, yellow or pink flowers are available for purchase.
This is a weed that I actually planted because a friend gave me seeds she had gathered in a field. The seed pods are almost to open now. Clammy Weed (Polanisia dodecandra) is also known as Dwarf Cleome.
So what is the difference between a weed and a wildflower? Mostly, it’s which ones strike your fancy. Some might seem pretty and desirable and others bothersome because they have sharp thorns on them, push out other plants, or are just ugly. They all are somewhat aggressive. That’s the only way they can survive in the wild.
Sometimes it seems like I spend all my time getting rid of the ones that are very undesirable. So I remind myself to just enjoy the pretty ones.
“All gardeners need to know when to accept something wonderful and unexpected, taking no credit except for letting it be.” Allen Lacy