Saturday, September 08, 2007

Weeds and seeds

This is the time of year when I begin to have somewhat lower expectations for the garden. There are only a few flowers left to anticipate—dahlias mainly, some others—and the late summer stalwarts are beginning to fade. The afternoons are warm though and the cicadas are just as loud. A cardinal family in the mock orange is creating a racket morning, noon, and night.

This is the time of year when I begin to look seriously at weeds, seedpods, and the vagaries of foliage. Although I’ve dismissed the notion that a hippeastrum leaf pushing through the split in a banana leaf is worthy of an entire post, these far-from-spectacular but still notable garden events are providing me with plenty of fascination.

I love the lantana seedpods: perfectly round, incredibly shiny clusters that age to dark purple. The canna seedheads are almost as interesting as the flowers, and of course you can’t beat a big fat rosehip. The rudbeckia triloba centers are growing bigger and blacker as the petals fade.

In the back there’s a jungle of weeds in a bed I deliberately ignored this year. I cut back the pokeweed, not realizing it was pokeweed and not some other, less interesting weed. It is resilient though and is putting out new growth, with some small berries beginning to form. Weeds are great. I have to grow more of them; they’re not nearly as fussy as all the fancy cultivars I struggle with all summer.


Carol said...

Weeds are great? Yes, they do seem to grow with an ease not shared at times by the flowers we want to thrive!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I was fascinated by the canna seedpods when they first appeared this year--I had never seen them before. Does it make sense when I say that they reminded me a bit of that "jewel fruit" you see so much at the holidays? Something about the texture does it. I've been breaking them off to get more flowers, but I suppose I ought to leave them alone now that it's getting later in the season.

Layanee said...

Weeds? What weeds? I've taken to calling them 'native plants' like Jodi from Bloomingwriter. In many cases, they are native plants. I remember looking forward to the pokeberries when I was a child. They were so pretty! Oh, and still are.

Wayne Stratz said...

I have a glorious pokeweed at work hidden behind the greenhouse. it is coming out of an iris bed that gets little attention because we get caught up in harvesting all summer.

Apple said...

I'm letting everything go to seed now. The last two nights have taken their toll on some of the more tender plants. The poke weed isn't nearly as pretty as it was last year but I have tons of wild white asters? or something similar.