W - Wonderful Weeds +

 


 Wallflower

 I've grown three kinds of wallflower.  The first, a red one, is a perennial I grew from seed.  Beautiful flowers, but such an ugly plant when the flowers died I pulled it out.

Wallflower, Siberian

Commonly included in pollinator seed mixes, the Siberian wallflower blooms its second year.  Mine are biennial, some are short-lived perennials.  They get big, so I don't encourage them, and only allow one or two per large bed remain.

Wallflower, Creeping or Ground Cover

I think this is Orange Flame.  It's a perennial, very hardy, which spreads and can be propagated from small pieces rooted in water or in soil.  Mine is one of the original plants in my herb garden, and it's crawled nearly out of the bed! 



Wisteria
 

Wild Basil

One of my favorite plants, wild basil is not basil, although both it and basil are members of the mint family.  It grows super easy from seed, and volunteers too, although not aggressively.  It pops up in other places in its bed.  

 In summer the flowers grow taller and mingle in with my coreopsis. It has beautiful mint or catmint type flowers blooming all around an orb shape.



Weeds 

There are quite a few weeds with lovely flowers. Some I remove, others I leave be. All these weed photos were taken in my far backyard (far backyard is the part of the yard not near the house, where the beds are, separated by a partial fence).

Dandelion  (left) and Red or Purple Deadnettle (right)



  











Common Mallow 

Gorgeous, but pull them when the plant is still small, as they get very strong taproots that are hard to remove.  

 
Chicory 

Purple Salsify 

An edible weed said to taste a bit like oysters.


Unknown to date

Prickly Lettuce

A horribly ugly plant which produces thousands of seeds, and leaves a sticky residue on your hands when you've pulled it out.  But... look at those adorable flowers!  I do NOT let this weed remain!

Persian Speedwell  or Bird's Eye Speedwell (left) and Bittercress (right)

Even the plant is pretty on the speedwell! Bittercress is the worst!  Too small to pull until it's too late, and the flowers spring their seeds all over.














Sowthistle 

NOT a weed to let hang around to go to seed!  Each plant can produce 6,000 seeds that remain viable for years!   Side by side with a dandelion it's easy to tell the difference.


 Pineapple Weed or Wild Chamomile

This single plant appeared in my blueberry bed one year.  The flowers look like chamomile, with without petals.  It supposed to smell like pineapple when crushed, and taste like it too.  I didn't think so.  One came up in a wintersowing jug, and I transplanted it to the Pollinator Garden.  Just a few days ago I saw it forming a flower, and pulled it out!  It was a pretty seedling and I thought it might be something I planted!

Chickweed

This isn't what I grew up calling "chickweed" in CA, which was actually scarlet pimpernel, or rarely, blue.

 

Dovefoot Geranium

 See the pointy seed green seed pod in the upper left?  Take two of those, slit a tiny hole halfway up through one, slide the other through, you have scissors!  I made these as a child, and we called the weeds scissors plants.

 Don't expect much tomorrow, it's X!

 



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  1. Love the wallflowers and the wisteria.

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    1. I was disappointed my wisteria was a pale purple, I'd hoped for the dark kind.

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  2. Great read as usual Lisa! Keep it uo

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    1. Thank you! I already know X won't be keeping up!

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  3. Wonderful flowers. However I don't think you hear too many people call weeds wonderful,

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    1. Oh, those people are probably too caught up in neighborhood "who has the most perfect lawn" competitions! Several of the weeds I included are edible, and you can buy seed to grow them. Chicory is big business, and dandelion greens are in the grocery store. With all the talk of feeding the bees, leaving weeds be makes sense.

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  4. The wallflower and wisteria are beautiful, but I love all the pretty weeds just as much! :)

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    1. I'm glad to hear it! As I wrote, a few I pull out, but most I leave. I had a pretty salsify last week, but it was thick with tiny aphids, so I pulled it out.

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  5. great A to Z choice! We have Wild Ginger here in Vancouver Wa and it's
    taking over- so we'll have to go out and discipline it a bit! Have a fun day!

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    1. Oh, I love wild ginger! Growing up we had it growing against the house, in a bed shaded by an overhang and under the camellias. Beautiful leaves! But, it was in a bed with edges, and the climate was different there in CA, so it stayed put.

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  6. Wonderful weeds indeed - so many pretty specimens.

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    1. What some call weeds are often found in wildflower guides.

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  7. Oh boy, do I have weeds! Some I like, including violets and ajuga (and really, wisteria is a bit of a weed, too!) Others I do not appreciate.
    Black and White: W for Workshop

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    1. Yes, in some places wisteria is considered an invasive species.

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  8. That common mallow, is that Malva zebrina?? A guy up the street kept spraying herbicide on his and I just love that plant. Some seedlings survived so I dug them up and took them home and planted them. I love them!! they are seeding around and I was going to offer some to you! hahah I guess you don't want them. I'll also be happy to save you some of my speedwell. That's one I pull.

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    1. The common mallow is Malva neglecta (what a name!). I grew zebrina this year from seed, and transplanted a few by the back fence. IF Mickey lets them be, they are hiding behind the blueberries! I'm good on the speedwell front!

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  9. I did not know that wallflowers were actual flowers. Interesting. And I suppose weeds are in the eye of the beholder.

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    1. I have heard it said that a rose is a weed in an onion patch.

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  10. Those wallflowers are gorgeous, but I adore dandelions the most :) I am happy they are everywhere now.

    The Multicolored Diary

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    1. They are the most wonderful bright yellow, aren't they? And more people are eating them. I don't eat mine, I have a dog!

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  11. Chicory is quite common where I live. When it grows alongside Queen Anne's Lace, the contrast of white and blue is so pretty. The purple deadnettle is also common here and is blooming right now. I enjoy wildflowers although I don't know what a lot of them are. Wisteria isn't all that common here but there is an invasive type one can find in the Southeastern United States and it is pretty if you don't know it is invasive.

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    1. It must be quite pretty. There is Queen's Anne Lace around here too, but not with chicory. It's just starting to open. I don't grow it because it's toxic to dogs. We have to watch the invasives, I just threw out some adorable celandine when I found out it was the lesser kind and a noxious weed in Oregon. Cute plant with adorable flowers.

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