A bumper crop of weeds

Such a crop of weeds we’ve had this year!







There’s a yard down on Cooke Street, a few blocks from our house, with weeds like nothing I’ve ever seen. Some of them are eight feet tall. There’s dwarf dandelion (it seems silly to call it “dwarf” when it’s that tall, although “dwarf” refers to the flowers, not the plant), and some pokeweed, and other things I don’t know the names of. I actually own a copy of the “Golden Guide to Weeds,” and I stillcannot figure out what some of them are. They are like props in a horror movie, or background scenery in an episode of “Lost in Space.” They tower over me. (Fine. They’ll be dead in a few months, and I’ll (probably) still be here. So let them tower.)






I loveweeds. I love the way they sprawl and occupy the space they’re given. I know they can be parasites, but they’re often lovely. (My father, a farmer at heart, hated weeds, and hated it when he saw me playing with things like quackgrass and cheat. I had no idea that I was doing anything wrong.) I love the resilience of weeds, and their vigor. Many of them are annuals: they grow from seed in a single season, and die. Imagine that! All that growth in a single year!





And they are common, and friendly, and green. They mean no harm. (Most of them, anyway.)





And why do you suppose we’re getting such a nice crop of them this year?





We’re getting warmer hereabouts; we’re getting a climate that’s more like the mid-Atlantic states. Climate change, you know. And the landscape, and the greenery, are responding with gladness.





Lovely weather, if you’re a weed.





(Not sure if it’s so good for us people, though.)

About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to futureworld@cox.net.

2 Responses to A bumper crop of weeds

  1. starproms says:

    Everything in my English garden has grown tall because of all the rain we had this year. Then I came over here and found the same thing was happening here. I’ve been clearing the ground with Larry since I arrived and it now looks reasonable. Weeds? Flowers in the wrong place, that’s all.
    A couple of years ago we had a glut of dandelions over there and they really did look lovely on all the roundabouts. Circles of yellow, just like a lot of suns in the middle of the roads.

    • I have to admit, I love ’em. Most weeds are absolutely beautiful. I’m in the process of drafting a blog about deadly nightshade, which is all over the place hereabouts, and is absolutely lovely (unless you eat it).

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