Monday, July 18, 2022

My Friends the 'Weeds'

It's the time of summer when those flowers most of you know as 'weeds' come into bloom.  These plants, which tend to grow in 'waste' corners or 'unused' bits of land, are remarkably hardy and usually spread easily through their seeds.  So I've been out gathering pictures, somewhat foiled by the municipal crews or private landowners who come along and mow down these 'flowers of the field'. 

Never-the-less I have persevered and gathered together nearly 3 dozen pictures.  Sorry if it's a topic that doesn't interest you, but I'm doing it for my own record, so bear with me - or just return in about a week.  This will take 3 posts to cover all I have to share.

Birdsfoot trefoil is one of the earliest of this group of flowers, and the most adaptable.  Here it is hanging over the concrete curb on a busy road; it will also infest lawns.  It's grown as an important crop, part of forage mixes.

Buttercups are an early and pretty one too, sometimes in large amounts in fields.  These ones were growing just around the corner and have since been mowed down.

This is Wild Chervil, a nasty invasive plant that spreads by producing billions of seeds.  It's found widely now in Grey County, and has moved into town.  Its leaves shade out other species so it forms large patches.

This is Field Bindweed, a notorious invasive plant that grows along curbs, infests crops and even infests lawns, like the one above.  It's virtually impossible to get rid of too.  But you gotta admit it has a pretty flower.

And this one is Hedge Bindweed, an almost identical flower and leaves, but triple the size.  I've never actually seen it before last year.

Of course there are lots of thistle, none of which we like very much.

I think we all know Milkweed, the plant that Monarchs lay their eggs on, depending on it as food for their caterpillars.  These are in a corner of a front lawn where the homeowner lets them grow, and we have left a few plants in the garden, right outside our living room window.  Already a tiny caterpillar on one of them.

And finally for this post, we all recognize the splash of white provided by Oxeye Daisies.


  1. Most enjoyable mix of wild flowers (not tame like things in gardens!

  2. Love these beauties, even the invasive ones. Almost feel guilty saying it though.

  3. It's too bad these weeds produce such lovely flowers!

  4. I like to think of them as wild flowers instead of weeds. They are so pretty.

  5. While many people don't like weeds, it's obvious that they're very successful and many are quite beautiful -- they're to be admired.

  6. You've picked some of the baddies today. We're our own worst enemies for spreading these invasive plants.

  7. We have bindweed here too, but I've never seen it flower. Maybe I get to it soon enough. :)
    I happen to like wild the wild.

  8. There is a nearby non-residential side street nearby that was resplendent with coneflowers last year. Earlier this year I saw that daisies were growing. I went back to take pictures the next day, and the town lawn mower had been by. I am not sure why that was necessary since there is essentially nothing on that road at present.

  9. really beautiful wildflowers!! i use to grow milkweed, although it looked quite different, to attract monarchs. i need to get a book to help me identify these pretty natural plants. i have been seeing them and paying more attention to them and would enjoy knowing their names!!