We also know that a weed for one person is a flower for someone else. Or, as often expressed, it’s any plant growing where it isn’t wanted.
|Some people don’t like ajuga in the lawn.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said it better, describing a weed as “a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.” My favourite quotation about weeds, though, is Shakespeare’s contribution: “Great weeds do grow apace.”
And indeed, they do. Or, at least, this summer they have.
|A very weedy flagpole stream
with an intriguing spot of red.
Generally, I’m not a neat and tidy person. I don’t have time to be, and most of the time don’t even want to be. I like genial chaos, as long as it’s not too chaotic. But the border above is beyond geniality, even keeping in mind that it is a transitional border, marking the beginning of the trail that leads from the tended garden to wilder areas.
Last week I decided enough was enough. After several weeks when I have been out of town or simply out of the garden, I took the time to weed. To cut off seed heads. To tidy up. And (horrible to acknowledge), I found that I enjoyed the job immensely.
|One of many piles. This one is mostly lady’s mantle and nepeta.|
|Lady’s mantle in the lower garden before the hair cut|
|Much neater, and almost tidy|
|lobelia cardinalis in the flagpole stream, so called because
(wait for it) there is a stream with a flagpole nearby.
|Inula ‘Goliath’ seed heads in the flagpole stream border|
|This plant needs a haircut.
But I like the messy tangled look.
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