Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day: My beautiful weeds

Thursday, March 15, 2007
Against the browns and grays of the as-yet-mostly-blank canvas of my garden plot lie a few dots of eye-catching color. This one in brilliant cornflower blue: Is it not the prelude to the bachelor buttons that will host the bumblebees' dance in May?

And this one? Are its delicate, orchid-pink blooms any less fair than that of Sweet William or Sea Pink?

Ah, but they are just weeds. Ordinary, early-spring weeds. Cursed by us always and rarely given a second look, for a weed by any other name would still be... a weed. That is, except for the moment I took to admire these specimens as beautiful flowers -- done so with the glazed over eyes of an eager gardener who's tired of winter drabness and hungry for spring's feast of color.

My beautiful weeds are my contribution to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, a monthly event created by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. Weeds probably aren't what Carol had in mind for this, but honestly, that's all I've got blooming right now. Visit Carol's blog to find out what's blooming elsewhere!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Despite our varied climes, henbit seems to be common theme. I think we'd appreciate them more if they weren't so common. They really do have pretty flowers and the butterflies like them.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Carol Michel said...

Flowers are flowers, right? I included a weed (henbit) in my list, too. Thanks for participating again. And we'll catch up with all the southern gardeners in April, right?

12:04 PM  
Blogger Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

Hi Christa,

Flowers are flowers, especially this time of the year. I've included a weed in my list too, did you see? ;-)

12:46 PM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Christa, we all agree with you - I'm counting one of my 'lawn weeds', too!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

1:30 PM  
Blogger Entangled said...

I actually like the tiny blue flowers of the Veronica weed. Mine should be along soon.

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weeds are in the eye of the beholder. Their flowers are often quite pretty. Thanks for sharing with us.

7:36 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

Thanks, everyone, for stopping by. I don't feel so badly now about just having weeds in bloom. April will be more interesting, though -- I promise!

8:03 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

"Weeds are simply plants growing in the wrong place"... except that they're in the right place here, because they're giving you flowers to look at. :)

8:34 PM  
Blogger kate said...

I loved the little mauve flowers ... actually, any colour in my back garden would be wonderful!


10:09 PM  
Blogger Green thumb said...

It must be almost impossible to be able to grow much in that harsh a weather but frankly dear, if those kind of weeds grew here in India, I would have persisted with them rather than weeding them out!

6:02 AM  
Blogger Ed Bruske said...

Wonderful spring photos, Christa. Susan Harris passed along your note about getting more community garden info up on our D.C. Urban Gardeners website. We would love to work with you on that, and I hope you will consider becoming a member.

8:29 AM  
Blogger Anita said...

Oh, I missed that Garden Bloggers Bloom Day.

Well, I was more than happy about the great weather we had this week that I almost did not care about our internet problems.

Happy gardening!

4:35 PM  
Blogger David (Snappy) said...

Your second photo is just like the flowering weed i photographed in the hospital.It just like yours.drop by and look at our flowering weed.I love the purple flowers too.The blue one is gorgeous too.We can always find beauty in unlikely places (or plants).

5:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So after week of watching this "beautiful ground cover" bloom, I was so curious to see what it is, only to find its a weed. I am enjoying it after the gloom of winter. and I will debate on getting rid of it. Anyhow, gonna enjoy it while it lasts. Thanks for the information.

3:00 PM  
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They really do have pretty flowers and the butterflies like them.

4:01 PM  

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