More Bang for Your Bucket

July 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

Despite the heat, there are plants in our yard resilient enough to produce flowers.

Wild carrot

Pennsylvania smartweed

You might ask me why I keep taking pictures of weeds. My goal is to use wild flowers and plants for beds, and found objects (mostly wood and rock) for embellishments. We’re working slow, seeing what kinds of plants come up naturally, when do they emerge and blossom, what conditions they favor, and which ones we especially like.

Using wild plants is a way to appreciate the local flora, preserve natural variety, pay less, and get species that tolerate the local climate and conditions without question. They may never produce large, extravagant blossoms, but that’s not a problem for us. Although we both love our outdoors immensely, neither of us is a garden person at heart. We do enjoy yard work, but it’s not a passion. We want something natural and simple and easy to care for, just like our decor. And so far, even a two-week heat wave without any watering hasn’t been enough to kill these babies. What can be better than that?

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