“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, ca. 1878

When it comes to our yard, weed control isn’t the occasional battle — it’s all-out war. Despite the terrible quality of our soil, there is no shortage of seeds being blown in or washed up from heavy winds and powerful rainstorms we’re accustomed to ten months out of the year. And for every one that germinates and is eventually plucked out, another three take root.

I’m typically not very forgiving of things that grow where they should not be, but there are those few that I, probably in folly, allow to live, even encourage. Like this little flowering vine currently trailing at the base of our magnolia tree. Or a similar vine that twirled up the main trunk of our fig tree, with its curly-cue tendrils and dainty white flower bunches. Or the wild grains that shoot up in clumps, a golden reminder of Midwestern fields in fall.

In the broadest sense, any plant growing in “the wrong place” is deemed a weed. But who defines right and wrong? As RWE suggests, perhaps the “weeds” have value. For me, it’s simply their natural beauty.

What do you have planned this weekend? I’m off to pickle some jalapeños, marinate bison steaks for grilling this evening, decide on a new dessert, and do some (selective) weeding in the yard. Below are some links I enjoyed looking at recently + a few HGN updates. Have a great Saturday + Sunday!

Cheers, Heather

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    • Heather Goesch, MPH, RDN, LDN says:

      I know, it’s quite possibly I delivered a blow to our fig tree by not hacking out that vine earlier. We’ll have to see how it fares next year — hopefully very well! Queen Anne’s lace and milkweed are two of my favorite weeds/flowers also. Wild prairies are gorgeous, aren’t they? Oh, and the bison was terrific! Happy Sunday to you.

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