Monday, March 15, 2010

Wildflowers, I mean, Weeds

This house is only a couple of years old.  It was built on what had been a wild and scrubby lot, and was only roughly graded before my parents moved in.  Mom did a lot of work to get the yard level and get a lawn started.  The yard, however, still thinks it is part of the wilderness, and sprouts thistles and weeds as soon as we turn our backs.

Today I spent a good part of my day rescuing the grass from those thistles and weeds.  I also did other yardwork, like chopping up an old stump in the back yard.  Half of the stump was soft and squeaky like styrofoam, and full of fire ants (I escaped with only one bite).  The other half, however, remains, as it is quite solid.  I have this idea that I can hasten its decay by drilling it full of holes with a power drill and spade bit.  What do you think?  Would that work?

The bulk of my time outdoors, however, was spent on the weed-pulling.  Pulling weeds is very therapeutic work.  The sun was shining and the breeze was warm and the air smelled sweet, like clover, and strains of music were coming through the air from somewhere...okay, that part was kind of eerie.  The boys were playing happily in the driveway with their bikes and with sidewalk chalk.  I would have been happy to keep going for hours more, but my bending-over muscles were getting tired.  However, I'm happy to say that there are plenty of weeds left, and more sprouting every day, so I will have many opportunities to enjoy the task again.

By weeds, I mean wildflowers, really.  Only they were growing in the lawn, which makes them weeds.

Yes, these were all really blooming in our weed lot yard today, and half-a-dozen other varieties, too.  Aren't they lovely?  I don't know what they all are (Mom??).  I felt a little guilty about pulling them.  But I had to, or the grass wouldn't stand a fighting chance.  At least they can thrive along the roadsides, as in Texas, they don't mow along the country roads until wildflower season is over. :)  Have I mentioned that Texas is growing on me?

(I just discovered that I can make collages with Picasa--I love this feature!  Picasa is a free photo-editing program that I like a lot and use regularly.)


  1. Yes. Never ask anyone if they're from Texas, 'cause if they was, they would have told you, and if they're not, you don't want to embarrass them.
    By "Tex"

  2. Hey "Tex", I like your saying. I've heard loads of times, and repeat it quite often myself. One problem, though. If I were you, having started using the typical slang grammar, I would have carried it all the way through. "...if they was, they woulda toldja. If they ain't, y'don't wanna embarrass'm."

    Sharon, I'm glad to hear Texas is growing on you. I wish I'd spent more time in Indiana, because I'm sure there's a lot more to Indiana than corn, which is what I saw. If I were you, I'd get some weed killer/grass fertilizer all-in-one, and spread it around your yard. It works wonders! Plus, I'd get a seed spreader and cover your ditches and fence lines in bluebonnet seeds. :)

  3. Sam, bluebonnet seeds are a great idea!! I can't wait till the bluebonnets are in bloom--I've never been down here during bluebonnet season. :)

    I don't want to use a weedkiller because I don't want to kill the clover! I like the clover just fine--keeps the lawn green, mows nicely, the bees like it, puts nitrogen back into the soil so that I don't have to fertilize so much. It's just the thistles, etc. that need to go!

  4. The yellow cluster is Senecio, also called ragwort (not ragweed) or butterweed. The shiny yellow one is buttercup. Both of them also grow in Indiana. The other yellow one is Texas dandelion. The white one is blackberry (Juneau would love for you to grow him a big patch of it--he loves the berries). To the right of the buttercup is fleabane (some varieties bloom early, some will bloom later). Below that is henbit, which also grows in Indiana (and probably everywhere in between). On the right are scarlet and blue pimpernel. I've seen the blue variety here--but they still call it scarlet pimpernel! The other bluish ones are probably some kind of vetch.

  5. Wow, Rebecca, that's neat. But the way the economy is going, which ones can we EAT?

    And Texan91, Indiana is beautiful, south, where the Ozarks start creeping in. Southeast Oklahoma's like that.

    And that is a nice saying. It's like, I'm from Texas, what country are you from? Or, I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could. Knowmsayin'??

    I wonder if the moderator, or administrator, might get a Tad Tired of Tall Tales and Texas Talk. By the way, have y'all ever seen a Jackalope?

  6. You can probably eat all kinds of stuff you find around your yard, if you could stand the taste. And it takes a lot of greens to get enough calories. You'd have to check them out of course. Some are mildly poisonous if you eat a lot of them.


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