Peace with the weeds

i’ve made peace with the weeds. they say the last stage of grief is acceptance. i have acceptance with my yard and its’ weeds.

the all grass, green, manicured patch in the backyard, under the magnificent shade of a variety of trees has evolved with what is “natural” with 32 inches of rain and shade, blooming now with moss and native weeds.

they say you must sit with your dark side, you must invite it in and get to know it

i have identified each weed now growing voraciously, i have cataloged the photos with Id, and particulars as to the amount of invasiveness, and in the case of thistles – the amount of prickliness,

i have come to some wisdoms including the fact

it is is better to pull each weed while young, 

before it flowers sending thousands of tiny seeds throughout the yard,

and those non-fruiting type invasive berries have roots that stretch for feet underground,

and within every tenth of an inch is the possibility of an off shoot.

but i’ve made peace with the weeds

yellow loosestrife – Not to be confused with the noxious weed Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria). This is a vigorous species that has been grown in gardens since Victorian times. Plants form a bushy, fast-spreading clump of green leaves, with loose spikes of bright-yellow starry flowers appearing in early to mid summer. In the border this will need to be reduced in size every year or two in order to keep from taking over. Tolerates shade under trees, with regular summer watering. Attractive to butterflies. Nice for cutting.

ornamental variegated bishops goutweed with variegated leaves – (ground elder) is a perennial plant in the carrot family (Apiaceae) that grows in shady places. ***ooops, considered invasive.

This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. 

Senecio squalidus, known as Oxford ragwort,[6] is a flowering plant in the daisy familyAsteraceae. It is a yellow-flowered herbaceous plant, native to mountainous, rocky or volcanic areas, that has managed to find other homes on man-made and natural piles of rockswar-ruined neighborhoods and even on stone walls. These habitats resemble its well drained natural rocky homeland. The plants have spread via the windrail and the activities of botanists. The travels of this short-lived perennialbiennial, or winter annual make it a good subject for studies of the evolution and ecology of flowering plants.