It is a season of weeds, fueled by a wet, warm start to summer. But they can be beautiful, like most things in nature.
"A weed is but an unloved flower," Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
During a recent speaking engagement in consort with my friend Bob Mulvihill from the National Aviary, when the topic of jewelweed came up, he flatly stated, "I don't consider it a weed at all." That's because it's a great pollinator plant, and upon close examination the flowers are pretty too.
Jewelweed grows wild though the forest which surrounds my house and through the garden too. I spend lots of time pulling it out, when young, it's easy to remove. But there are always plants I don't get to and that's when I'm reminded how spectacular jewelweed flowers are.
It's actually a type of impatiens (Impatiens capensis) and the bees love it.
Take a close look at the flowers around your garden, the common dayflower is a weed I never pull.
Everyone enjoys blue in the garden...right?
I love the sky blue flowers and the touch of yellow on the inside of the flower.
Not all weeds need to be obliterated. What's considered a weed and what isn't is all in our mind. You either like the plant or you don't.
"Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them," A.A. Milne.