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I know I have spoken of pretty weeds before, but this weed has long been my favorite. The first time I saw it, I think I spent 10 minutes trying to get my camera to focus on the impossibly tiny flower so I could have a photo of it. The flower is about half the size it is when you view the picture below full-screen. Can you imagine how gorgeous it’d be if it was huge? Reminds me a little of a hibiscus. Very hard to photograph because it’s so small and I can’t manually focus my camera, but the outside is a peachy color and there is a small purple ring inside.
This little guy has chosen to grow in a spot in my flower bed where it actually looks sort of “on purpose,” so I’ve let it be. It’s pretty well-behaved and stays in a little clump. And with even the drought-tolerant plants starting to look rough lately (we’re in a “moderate drought” here in Southern MD and have gotten about 10 minutes of rain in the last month and a half or so), you’ve got to have a little respect for the weeds that are pulling through. I also can’t help but notice the wild daisies lately, as well as the Queen Anne’s Lace – a favorite of my grandmothers, and one I actually often pick for bouquets in the office when I walk around the block to get out for a bit.
Anyone have an ‘official’ name for this weed?
Also an official WELCOME! to all the Googlers who were looking for a different kind of pretty weed. 🙂
I bought an echinacea from the Amish/Mennonite dude in the Spring. I have thought it looked funny for a long time, but I finally decided – it is just a weed. I have no idea what happened to the coneflower I hope was at some point in there, but I did get a very tall weed which I cared for for like 3 months. Especially because of my crazy tall weird sunshine helenium, I thought maybe it would eventually DO something, but I guess not. I finally ripped it out last week.
I did take a pic of it before it got tossed in the woods (this isn’t where it was planted). Also note the totally cute flower thingy one of my aunts from NC got me as a housewarming gift (I’ve been here since ’07, but it’s the first time they’ve seen my house). Another aunt got me an adorable stone turtle (since both my hubby and I went to the University of Maryland and are Terps).
In walking around the garden over the weekend, I noticed the dreaded chickweed coming out for spring. This weed really isn’t that horribly ugly, it’s just SO pervasive and viney that it’s everywhere until the days get hot enough to kill it off. But I also noticed some pretty weeds.
^ I was browsing through tweets not yet read the other day, after having taken some pics of pretty weeds that day in my yard, and came across this blog post by @ZanthanGardens. (See a list of garden tweeters here!)How perfect! I see these little guys every year, and its a weed I don’t pull up because it’s just too pretty. Now I’m thinking I might actually pull it up and stick it in one of my pots with tulip bulbs or something. It’ll die off when it gets too hot, but until then I can enjoy it more “officially.” I also seem to have two kinds of these. One with greener leaves as pictured here, and one with more purple leaves and smaller flowers, as you can see in the ‘purple weed’ pics below.Either way, it’s a very pretty weed!
^ This one is all over the place. While the others listed here grow mostly among grass, this one loves to grow IN the garden. Seems to like moist areas especially. It has this tiny white flower in the spring, and in the summertime the leaves turn more of a burgundy and it continues to spread into a large (can get VERY large) circle. Not entirely unattractive, and they’re easy to pull out, so I don’t hate them that much.
^ I’ve ID’d this one before, but I can’t remember the name. Is it a type of ajuga? I remember being amazed when I was looking up groundcovers on GardenWeb that some people actually purchase this stuff! It’s not as bad as chickweed, but is a pretty darn pervasive weed here. It redeems itself with pretty purpleish leaves and purple flowers, though, and it also dies out when it gets too hot. (A reminder ID on this one would be helpful!)
^ Though these are mostly weeds, its hard to say its not pretty. And I will readily make the excuse that people PAY for these plants in some areas! I think they’re pretty. And when it gets hotter, these will die back for another year and fill in with grass. The summer weeds are much more annoying anyway – crabgrass has no redeeming qualities!