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October 14, 2011. Sometimes (admittedly not very often), neglecting your weeding can yield a pleasing surprise. No, I'm not talking about the areas of our garden strangled by bindweed, or the thistle patches that spread tall and wide when not attended to. And certainly not the mugwort-infested asparagus patch that has confounded me for years. But this little bit of the new firewood border escaped my attention for long enough that a sprawling species of smartweed (I think it's different from the one that usually infests our garden) exploded into a handsome mat of elegant leaves topped with purple spike flowers. Of course I yanked it right after I took the picture, because I sure don't want to contend with thousands of baby smartweeds next year. But still, I enjoyed the sight while it lasted.

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