Welcome to my zone 9 garden. My roots are deeply planted in the sandy soil of sub-tropical central Florida, where the summers are long and hot, but the rest of the year is paradise!

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Along with spring comes a bumper crop of weeds. You would think that the cold weather would have damaged (or at least discouraged) them. The reason I tolerate them in my wildlife area (and a few in other areas of my yard) is because the butterflies and bees do relish them. They are good because they help attract a larger variety of these creatures to my yard.

They're bad because when left uncontrolled they multiple like crazy. Like this thistle shown below. It's popping up everywhere and it's real nasty to pull out because of prickly leaves. It can enforce its punishment even through garden gloves.

They're ugly because they do tend to make the area look somewhat unsightly. I struggle with my urge to obliterate them, reminding myself that they do provide a service in attracting more of the butterflies and bees that I want in my garden.

Sometimes I have to admit that some are more attractive than others. This lush weed looks as good to eat as parsley.
And this one is real lacy-looking with a delicate pale flower. As you can see, I'm trying hard to find the good in the bad and the ugly!


My Mother's Garden said...

Oh, if we could only get our flowers to grow as fast as the darn weeds!

Rusty in Miami said...

I know what you mean, but some weeds like the oxalis drive me insane.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

The worse thing about weeds is that they fool you sometimes with lovely blooms that you eventually learn to be sorry you let go. Sigh. I haven't had to worry with any of these as yet. I am still scraping ice off the bird bathes every day. UGH...It won't be long though.

Susan said...

I know what you mean Susan. After our freezes, if it weren't for some of the weeds I wouldn't have much green in the yard. I almost hate to pull them up. I have one that comes every spring on the shadier side of the fence that has a slight numbing effect if you happen to touch or kneel on it. Very annoying.

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

If they're in 'just the right spot' I keep them, too. The problem with that is, they tend to multiply! I have some 3 ft. weeds that grow out back in a very brown area, where nothing else is growing...so I usually don't cut them down every summer. They add green to the area and with my backyard covered in mulch, it looks nice. But, more and more pop up each yr, and soon, I may find them growing in my garden areas.

Susan said...

Jan...You're right - there is a downside in that they multiply but one thing is for sure they do stay green even during the driest summer and coldest winter.

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