A Weed and A Weeder


Common Vetch Vicia sativa

Weed: “A herbaceous plant not valued for use or beauty, growing wild and rank, and regarded as cumbering the ground or hindering the growth of superior vegetation… Applied to a shrub or tree, especially to a large tree, on account of its abundance in a district… An unprofitable, troublesome, or noxious growth.”
— The New shorter Oxford English dictionary on historical principles


Henbit – Lamium amplexicaule

A Wikipedia article states “The term weed is used in a variety of senses, generally centering around a plant that is not desired within a certain context. The term weed is a subjective one, without any classification value, since a plant that is a weed in one context is not a weed when growing where it belongs or is wanted. Indeed, a number of plants that many consider “weeds”, are often intentionally grown by people in gardens or other cultivated-plant settings. Therefore, a weed is a plant that is considered by the user of the term to be a nuisance. The word commonly is applied to unwanted plants in human-controlled settings, especially farm fields and gardens, but also lawns, parks, woods, and other areas. More vaguely, “weed” is applied to any plants that grow and reproduce aggressively and invasively.[1] The term weed has also been generalized to any species, not just plants, that can live in diverse environments and reproduce quickly, and the term has even been applied to humans.”


I always consider this to be a Forget Me Not – Myosotis sylvatica but not sure, It’s small and flowers tend to be near stem

All definations are fine and tandy, what is ugly and rank to one’s eyes is a thing of beauty to anothers’ and as a professional weeder because I get paid to do it; I’ll go with it’s more of a yin-yang thing. I expected to remove the unwanted, the not intended and to know the difference from what is wanted and is intended. Yet down close to the ground, I see can see the beauty in the ugly and I can curse the weed that refuses to be easy to puck, yet marvel at its’ strategic to survive knowing that the next time I’m there to weed, it will be too.

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Spotted spurge – Euphorbia maculata

So I hope you will pardon me as I start to post words and pictures of what is so much part of my life as the anti-landscaper landscaper.


Butterfly weed – Asclepias incarnata

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Butterfly weed seed


Dandelion seed – Taraxacum officinale

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