I have several different projects that I am working on but nothing near completion. I really needed the satisfaction of accomplishing something so I looked around for a small project to work on.
The weather here in Michigan has been strange this year, a mild winter a seemingly early spring and then cold again. Today was a pretty and sunny day which makes me want to play in the garden so decided to find a project in the garden. Apparently the weeds love this kind of weather because there were a lot of big healthy weeds growing all along the path and in the garden bed. Pulling weeds, a great project!
Weeds are always interesting to me after all a weed is just a plant that you don’t want. Where do they come from? How do they spread so fast? Are the tomatoes that sprout from last year’s plants weeds? I have intentionally planted milk weed in my garden to attract the Monarch Butterfly – so is it really a weed?
My mother used to tell me a story about my ancestors bringing seeds for dandelions with them in their covered wagon because the greens are healthy, delicious and easy to grow. I think about that every time I pull a dandelion weed! One year I allowed a queen anne’s lace to grow in my butterfly garden because the flowers are so pretty. Years later I am still fighting its attempt to take over my entire back yard! Whenever I see queen anne’s lace at the florist for sale or in a bride’s bouquet I have to wonder.
Then there is the test of my memory – is it a perennial? Every year I vow to keep a record of what I have planted and where. Every year I never seem to get around to it. Then when spring comes I look at the plants coming up and try to remember did I have something planted here? What was it? Is this a cherished perennial or a weed? Some years I get it right. Some years I remember too late that I had planted something in the space I eagerly weeded.
So I spent an hour pulling weeds and thinking all sorts of silly things. Now I am feeling that sense of accomplishment that I was looking for. I know it won’t last long because the weeds will be back soon as well as the dreaded Maple seeds that are preparing to rain down on my yard.
Those maples drive me crazy One of my worst weeds, I’m forever pulling them.
They are the worst! It looks like there are more than usual on the tree this year, I’m not looking forward to when they rain down.
I am right there with you! Today was a great day for pulling weeds!