Sneaky Weeds

I was told a long time ago by someone who shall remain nameless, because I have no idea anymore who it was, that weeds grow near plants that they resemble.  This gives them a better chance at survival because you’ll leave them alone believing that they are a plant and not a weed.  I have seen several instances of this in my own gardens, one just a few days ago when I had the opportunity to work outside between rainstorms.  I missed getting pictures of my actual plants, but I’ll show some from the internet.

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The picture above on the left is a weed that is very common in my area and in farm fields and it happens to look a whole lot like snapdragon foliage when they are both young.  My husband “helped” me last year and weeded all the flower beds.  I knew it was a bad idea, but it needed to be done and I wasn’t going to get to it.  I now have a bed of these weeds where I used to have snapdragons.

Those, I’m used to and can tell apart with ease now.  The new one that I found looked very much like astilbe foliage.  I got really excited at first because I thought most of my astilbe plants had been fatally mashed into the dirt from being run over.  You see, I had it on a corner of a garden bed next to the driveway and where my kids park their vehicles.  For some reason that corner could not be avoided by one of them.  Even the raised landscaping brick was buried.   Anyway, I was really excited to see several baby astilbes growing when I was working in that area the other day.  Then I found the real thing.  After comparing the two for a good while, I decided that they were not the same and one must be a weed.  I was a little disappointed that I didn’t have a bunch of babies, but I did find a good number of actual astilbe seedlings so it brought my spirits back up.  The only difference is the astilbe foliage is slightly darker and much more pointy on the leaves

I also have fake strawberry plants.  They look just like strawberry plants, but they aren’t.  I could go on and on, but I’ll spare you that, especially since I don’t have pictures.  Just be aware and always double check what you are about to pull as a weed if you have any doubt.

Tuesday-May 28, 2013

Warm and humid with rain in the morning.  Sunny in the afternoon.  No gardening again.

How am I ever going to get anything done if the weather doesn’t cooperate with my schedule?  It may sound like I’m taking it lightly, but I’m actually getting very frustrated.

Think positive:

  • the peas are up
  • the onions are getting tall
  • the potatoes are growing well
  • the lettuce and spinach are growing
  • the irises are getting ready to go into full bloom, some already are
  • the roses are getting ready to open
  • all my plants (and weeds, unfortunately) are flourishing

That’s the best I can do today.

Tuesday-April 30, 2013

Sunny and 85 today.  Was outside by 7:30 this morning working in the yard.  It was a weeding and pruning day.  I weeded and trimmed dead seed pods and stalks in the front mailbox garden.  I lost 1 mum and had to pull it out and I still need to prune the runners from the lilac.  I cut off the old vine from the morning glory on the split rail fence and pruned the lilac out front.  It had a lot of sprouts and dead wood.  I don’t want it to spread through the yard so I cut all the sprouts off and one had a big chunk of root that came out with it with lots of the little capillary roots so I took it over to Karen’s and planted it.  Her back yard completely burned last year and she asked for a lilac a while back.

I weeded the roses on the west side of the house.  No pruning required.  They have a ton of leaves and new growth this year so I’m very pleased with them.  My attention is paying off.  I found a surprise growing among the weeds and roses, a cilantro plant!

I also weeded the corner where the hydrangea is on the southeast corner of the house and pruned the lilac over there by the deck.

The new Magnolia tree that Sharon gave me last fall is doing well and the leaves just started popping out of the buds today.  John thought it was dead, but what does he know.  He thought I was crazy for nursing the weeping cherry back to life and it’s amazing now!

More tulips are opening up now.  The purple ones up front by the driveway and the black (dark purple) ones in the garden on the back of the house are now open.

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The rest of my plants are growing nicely, getting nice and tall and the white hosta is starting to grow a little better.

I need to move some tulip bulbs so that they aren’t interfering with other plants and I need to move the giant peach irises because the lilac by the flower box is so big now that they are underneath it and won’t be able to grow without getting tangled up in it.

In the green house, I watered everything.  I can see the seeds swelling and sprouting for the broccoli and cauliflower that I just planted.  The watering must have uncovered them, but they should be fine.  No tomato or herb sprouts yet and no flower sprouts yet.  I prepared some more peat pots for seeds, but didn’t get them planted yet.

A busy and productive day and that was just the morning.  I did hurt my back though, so I probably won’t be able to do much tomorrow.

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