Weed me not

It’s dandelion season here.

I am one of those people who just loves dandelions (so much so that I have a dandelion tattoo). I grew up in the country, and I have very vivid memories of fields just solid with happy yellow flowers.

The other day I was reading about the benefits of dandelions, and it got me thinking about other “weeds” in the yard.

Because I plan on digging all my perennials up for the move, and reseeding the garden areas back to grass, I haven’t really worried about doing much weeding. As a result…

These are just a few that are blooming. Clockwise from top left: Oxalis (or shamrock), Common Mallow, Hop Clover, and Ground Ivy.

One thing I can say – there definitely won’t be any pesticides used at the new place!


The Iceland poppy has started to bloom. This one is so much fun, because I get four different colours from the one plant (red, yellow, champagne, and white).

My oriental poppies are blooming.

At first I was worried. I had white ones too, but none seemed to be blooming. I thought maybe they white ones didn’t survive last year’s garden reorganization.

But finally one bloomed, and I hope there’s more on the way.

The dark purple irises are done…

But the burgundy and yellow ones are still going. I suspect these will be the last of the blooms for them though.

The lilacs will fade soon

But they’ve been spectacular this year. I really hope I can get some cuttings to root!

And last… I keep forgetting to show you…

This is the happiest African Violet I’ve ever had. She’s about a year and a half old, and started reblooming this month. I used to have a really hard time with African Violets, but I seem to have gotten the knack now. I just hope she’ll be as happy in the new house!

8 thoughts on “Weed me not

  1. Beautiful flowers. Love them all, even the dandelions. Our neighbor lady, (not Dennis’s Mom!), keeps telling me I need to spray the clover or it will take over the yard. We didn’t have any of it in our yard in Spokane and I just don’t like the idea of spraying.
    After she died, I got my Mom’s gorgeous African violet that I had given her for Mother’s Day. For over 25 years it bloomed and bloomed and then for some reason, it just shriveled up and died. I still don’t know why since it wasn’t treated any differently. I’ve bought several since then but haven’t been able to keep them alive. Your’s is so pretty and exactly the color that mine was.


  2. Shirley Elliott

    Beautiful photos and your violet is awesome! I am so glad you are transplanting all that you can. Chances are that the next people living there would not continue to care for the plants.


  3. Araignee

    I used to have a window full of African Violets until the kitties decided they were snacks. They were the one thing I could grow and get to bloom.
    I agree with the weed thing. I think they are some of the loveliest plants. You can always count on them being healthy and green.


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