Saturday, May 14, 2011
One Giant Weed
Yesterday was a beautiful spring day- whenever it is not a rainy day, I get right out to the garden, in NW Oregon you never know when the rain will be back. Our new puppy Zoey had been at work in some of the garden beds, and we needed to get them cleaned up, I also wanted to get a few more things planted, and make progress on some weeding.
Because we have a lot of rain here, mixed with some rather warm days, weeds can turn into jungles in under a week. I am always amazed at how they grow- I like to leave a few dandelions- especially now that I know my goldfinch eat them- and sometimes there are pretty pink flowers that pop up- I enjoy some of the "weeds" in the garden, they can be pretty sometimes. If there is a plant I am unsure of, I often let it grow a bit so I can see what it turns in to. I mainly focus on removing poison weeds, and the real aggressive weeds that will choke out my flowers and ground covers. I even read an article recently about making sure to leave some weeds near the veggie garden so pests will eat the weeds instead of the veggies, I am going to try this out a bit this year.
Anyway, I was out surveying the garden, deciding what needed to be done, when I came accross a huge weed. I am pretty sure it is in the thistle family. Such a huge weed for a tiny garden. I used to get these out in my large pasture, and every year I used to let one grow. I decided that I would leave this giant and watch it grow as well- I am hoping it is a pretty pink thistle- I will post it's progress in my garden updates.
Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them. ~ A. A. Milne
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson