Thursday, 23 April 2009

'May all your weeds be wildflowers,

Firstly let me say I stole the title of this entry from a sign I saw on another blog,, sorry but I can't remember whose.

As well as all the garden plants coming to life at the moment, the weeds are doing well too. Here are a selection from my garden.

Urtica dioica (Stinging nettle)

Stinging nettles are great plants, really interesting and useful. They are one of the few plants in the UK that show sexual dimorphism, that is have male and female types, the photo is of a female. You can tell the difference as the females have the flowers and DON'T sting..honest try it. They also taste good when cooked and make fantastic liquid compost.

Taraxacum (Dandelion)

Dandelions are beautiful, if they didn't spread like mad I think people would grow them for show. Of course the problem is that this lovely flower turns into this:

Taraxacum (Dandelion)

One of the most efficient dipersal system in the plant kingdom, but also one of the most beautiful and amazing ones.Which gardener out there can honestly say they have never picked one and blown the seeds off it?

Galium aparine (Goosegrass or Common Cleavers)

Now this one is evil, it grows like mad climbing through everything. It also sticks to you when you touch it. If it goes to seed it is even worse, they stick to everything, especially cats. I have spent many evenings getting scratched is I have pulled them out of fur!