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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Weeds! Glorious weeds!

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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  1. i like the quote by maeditere.

  2. Love your collage and words and post for W ~ ^_^

  3. "Weeds are nature's graffiti" -- what a great quote! I had no idea that Queen Anne's Lace was a weed!

  4. I prefer weeds in general because I prefer the wild to the manicured...I'm weird that way.

  5. Ha! I thought I was the only one who thinks weeds are pretty. Dandelions are one of my favorite. They are bright and sunny in a bed of various shades of green. Doesn't get any better than that.

  6. I'm with you, Carol, wild flowers are sooo pretty when they bloom. My favorites are the Texas Bluebonnet and the Wild Rose (most any kind, I like their pretty little generally pink flowers).

    Next would be a tie between your Violet and any of the Texas wild flowers. I had a couple of the wild flowers growing in driving pictures last week for my "V" word. View, post.

  7. I love chicory! Every little bloom is something special.

  8. what a lovely journal page! I have weeds growing all over my yard too! My favorite are the little clovers in sidewalk cracks! {:-Deb

  9. Hah! You would love my place - 30 acres of weeds! with a little sage brush and oak brush mixed in...

  10. I can't find the exact quote but I seem to remember a saying along the lines of "a weed is a flower that is growing somewhere you don't want it to be." I think you've proved that the opposite is also true.

  11. That is a Wonderful quote you found for the letter W...

    Often times I find my eye Wandering to the side of the Road to see What Wild beauties I come across...

    THanks for sharing this With us!