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Weeds vs wildflowers

October 20th, 2006 at 04:27 pm

I looked up weed in the dictionary:
1. a valueless plant growing wild, esp. one that grows on cultivated ground to the exclusion or injury of the desired crop.
2. any undesirable or troublesome plant, esp. one that grows profusely where it is not wanted: The vacant lot was covered with weeds.

so stuff you don't want..well I like everything that isn't hard baked I have no weeds, nothing is 'undesirable' hance the rediculous letter stating I had a yard full of weeds is wrong.

I also checked on wildflower:

1. A flowering plant that grows in a natural, uncultivated state.

yep that describes my lawn, uncultivated..oh everyonce in awhile I go chop down some things so I can see the kiuds if they go out, ut for the most part I only chop down the ugly stuff..I keep the flowers and the trees.

Apparently I am not the first to hassle over the weed vs wildflower issue

Text is backyard story and Link is
backyard story

Unfortunatly the whole 'garden for wildlife' seems to be a lot of might be easier and cheaper to get the chemicals and fertalizer and manicure my lawn...

Text is backyard habitat rules and Link is
backyard habitat rules

dunno if href works here...

6 Responses to “Weeds vs wildflowers”

  1. Bookie Says:

    Interesting. When I turned 18 years of age, I swore a mighty oath that I would never again touch a lawnmower except in anger.

    From that day on, any greensward under my control was either professionally tended or permitted to revert to a state of nature. The house enjoyed the attention of a lawn service. With the townhouse, I mulched the patio borders to insure that nothing would grow (except mold).

    If you ever have the opportunity, Thorsten Veblen's "Theory of the Leisure Class" has a devastating analysis of the lawn as an example of conspicuous consumption.

  2. contrary1 Says:

    I'm all for discontinuing the lawns here too. I mow what I have to keep it from overtaking the house...........but, each year, I dig out more sod and put it into sort of a naturalized planting event. Aiming for native plants in my newest area.....we'll see if I can pull it off and still think it looks OK.

  3. nanamom Says:

    My mother considered the word "weed" a four letter word and she never swore hence everything we had were wildflowers.
    Did you say letter? As in someone complained?

  4. princessperky Says:

    Yeah I actually did get a letter.. I think it is refering to the weed hill, but no lawn mower could help that, my vision is for one of my kids to develope a green thumb and 'stair step' it into a garden....

    thanks for the book rec, I will add it to the list of things to take out of the library.

  5. Bookie Says:

    Not sure I intended to recommend the book. It's fairly heavy going, but I found it hilarious. Sociology as satire in the Gilded Age. Veblen actually coined the vocabulary of consumerism "consipicuous consumption" and such.

    Give it a look.

  6. tinapbeana Says:

    wow, i had no idea my downed tree limbs were promoting a natural habitat! although, i guess that does explain the plethora of squirrels and rabbits (and hence occasional hawk)i have in my downtown yard... woohoo, less yard work for me *grin*

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