Posted by: oceannah | June 6, 2012

Wordless Wednesday Weeds



  1. Those are the prettiest weeks I have ever seen! Have a great day!

    • Thanks Jules… You have a great day also.

  2. I am glad others appreciate weeds as much as I do – lovely

    • I love to eat them and enjoy their beauty. Sometimes I wonder why I work so hard to grow ‘certain’ plants… then I remember Cherokee Purple tomatoes πŸ˜‰

  3. i want one, that’s so pretty! =)

    • Well, they’re free for the taking…at least around here. The roadsides and meadows are loaded with blooming weeds.

  4. Lovely!!!!

    • thanks…just a handful of weeds really, but I like ’em.

  5. Lovely!

  6. My youngest son always said that weeds were just “plants out of place”…and I think I have to agree. Yours are so pretty in that watering can! Thanks so much for joining WW this week! Come back every week!

    • Thank YOU for hosting πŸ™‚

  7. Some people might call them weeds, but they are wildflowers to me and I love them!

    • agreed Roan

  8. Our definition is close to that of Linda’s son: a weed is any plant growing where it’s not wanted. I don’t know about you (actually I do – and your beautiful photo of carefully harvested blooms says so too) but I’d never want to live somewhere without “ditch gardens”…

    • ahhh yes, what’s in a name? a rose by any other name…and all. Love the term ‘ditch garden’ that’s a first for me, but I’ll happily adopt it πŸ™‚ Thanks Deb.

  9. Gorgeous…I have a watering can that I am planting flowers in…it looks so nice!

    • Thanks Janis, I hope you’ll share a picture with us πŸ™‚

  10. Your “weeds” look better than half of the flowers I intentionally grow! My weeds are hairy and/or spiny and scary looking.

    • Hahah… I hear ya! Sometimes the weeds do better here also, it’s not just you.

  11. You know, the longer I look at this arrangement, the more I see… burdock leaves, wild grasses, yellow(or curly?) dock seed, red clover, bird’s foot trefoil, buttercups, ox eye daisy and Dutchman’s breeches – but there’s a couple I’m still not sure of…
    Do you have a name for the wild rose? They’re not very much bigger than the Dutchman’s Breeches eh? So, do they have an ornamental red “berry” in the fall and wicked little hooked thorns? Great for Christmas display, if they’re the same as what grows at my Mom’s place) and what are the tiny, white, star-shaped flowers? Sorry for so many questions, but I just LOVE “wild” things (“wild” because a lot of them probably came here with the settlers for food and medicinal uses: ). Grateful for any info you can give…

    • P.S. I’m going to borrow your burdock leaf “wrapper” idea – love how it keeps everything nice and tight to support those tiny stems – plus it makes such a great background: )

      • Borrow away…

    • Deb, You are a flower detective no? Good work! The Dock is Yellow D. and we call it either bird foot or hop clover. There are no Dutchman’s Breeches though…I think you are referring to the Bladder Campion. The DB’s have a very distinct ‘breeches’ look to them like two little legs. The wild rose to my (albeit limited) knowledge goes by the Latin binomal Rosa woodsii of which there are countless sub species. Tsey do make great little ‘hips’ in the fall as all roses do. The hips are a high source of Vit C. and good bird food. My mother in law still has a very large wreath I twined for her many years ago out of wild rose ( I used gloves ;)) The very tiny white flowers are wild madder it’s all over the fields here. Once you pick it, even in water it dies quickly, but they are like little clouds of white. Many of the plants in the bucket are natives but as you say, a lot of our wild things came with the settlers. Unfortunately, some of the annoying/noxious invasive species also came along for the ride…purposely or unwittingly. I have a clearing that I’m attempting to eradicate hay scented ferns from, and right around the corner there’s a stand of Japanese knotweed on an absentee landowners place that is huge *sigh*. Enjoy your flowers Deb.

      • One good thing? Japanese Knotweed shoots can be eaten (same prep as for asparagus: )
        And Bladder Campion, yes I’ve heard it called that too; my Mom always called it Dutchman’s Breeches – good thing for Latin names; )
        Your MIL’s wreath sounds beautiful and something I’d love to have too – thanks for another great idea! (‘specially the glove part: )

      • The Japanese Knotweed is edible early on however, this particular (large) stand is right on the road. I don’t know about you, but I have a personal rule that I never collect anything (to eat) within 50 feet of the roadside minimum. DOT routinely sprays all manner of bud inhibitors, defoliants & roundup on the roadsides. Many plants are immune to the chemicals, and still manage to eek out their lives but God alone knows the confusion/manipulation/derangement on the cellular level… Since we are what we eat an all that jazz eh?
        Deb, If you plan to do the wreath, collect the canes before a hard frost. If you do it after you have a much greater hip drop off than before πŸ˜‰ Now you need a blog to post pics!! πŸ™‚

  12. Hi Anna, thanks for the tips and the vote of confidence (and I promise there’ll be a site as soon as a last few pieces fall into place; )
    My parents fought with Knotweed for years before finding out you could eat it (and that really sucks about the roadside sprays and such at your end) :
    When I had my (incredibly spoiled) bunny, I’d pick him fresh greens every morning while walking the dog. As time went on, I noticed when something grew in (over; )abundance he usually LOVED it. That put my thinking on a different track and I consciously started “plant detecting” (and thanks btw, that’s definitely a keeper; ) Truly though, plants are part of my life’s blood; when my Mom was very young, she would help her mother and Grandmother pick Balsalm Poplar buds for making Balm of Gilead; so you see, I really can’t help myself – they’ve been part of me even before birth…

    • Deb, We’re sisters then πŸ™‚ Plants are and have been a huge part of my life long journey. Keep me posted when you get your blog up and running.

      • You betcha Sista! ; )

      • πŸ˜‰

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