W is for weeds! That's right! Weeds!. I have to admit this - I really kind of like them. It's lots of fun when taking a walk along the roadside to look at what is growing there and see a pretty little flower, a nice looking leafy plant, a strange tree. I even do it when I am a passenger in a car zooming along the highways. There's lots of very interesting things growing in the most unusual places!
I was rather pleased to find this quote -
"My idea of gardening is to discover something wild in my wood and weed around it with the utmost care until it has a chance to grow and spread."
- Margaret Bourke-White
Evidently, other people do the same thing I do! Look for pretty in the ditches, look for lovely on the sidewalk, in crevices and cracks along the sidewalks. Right now I have wood violets growing in places all over my yards. In pots of peonies, in beds filled with daylilies busy growing. What started out as a little patch of violets in the backyard has spread to the side yards and today, I found a few in the front yard too! I have Virginia creeper growing along one whole area of fence because I like how it looks, and I don't care if it's a weed.
I remember seeing wild chicory growing along the railroad tracks when I was little and I thought they were the most beautiful! And, who would turn their nose up at the rogue daylilies that blanket the sides of the lanes on rural roads. And, what about Queen Anne's Lace? A weed? Hah! I say. Who would name a weed after a queen? They look like summer time snowflakes bobbing in the breeze! And clover? Who would say no to clover when the bunnies come to nibble early in the mornings while you drink coffee on the pack porch?
A few years ago I was very actively involved in a journaling round robin group and one of the pieces I made for the book was about weeds. I was pleased with it, as I was with all the work I did for that project. I thought I would share it with you as part of my celebration of the letter W!
Weeds are nature's graffiti. ~Janice Maeditere
(and P.S., yes, I think the graffitti on subway cars is interesting too! They remind me of circus train cars!)
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