Weeds of our garden
This is an equal-opportunity website, so I've reserved a page for the weeds
that grow in our garden areas. Of course, what's a weed is in the eye of the
beholder - what is a wildflower garden to one may be a weedy patch to another.
Many common weeds have cultivated varieties that are purposely used in gardens.
And on the other hand, many plants that we bring into our gardens have self-propagation
strategies that make its abundant offspring less than welcome.
On this page, I limit the entries to plants commonly thought of as weeds that
occur in our gardens. I've not listed all of them - many of them, I haven't a
clue what they are. For some of those, I put up a page anyway, (see the generic
"Weed" listings below), and I'm looking for identification on those, to complete
these pages. If you have any ideas, please note them in the comments.
Visitors to this page have left the following comments
|Tren (Teresa Culverwell)||Aug 06, 2005||Love the website. I live in Tipton, Sandwell, West Midlands in the UK and I have been looking up photos of plants for our garden. It's for our younger son who is 10 and disabled so we want to make it touch friendly and colourful. But at the moment we can't afford all of the plants so I was thinking of using the pretty weeds growing in our garden - so your page of weeds appealed to me .....|
Hi Tren, While the weeds don't look bad sometimes, it would be rather difficult to create a nice-looking garden out of them. If I were you, I'd stop by the GardenWeb seed exchange forum and ask if any fellow UK gardeners are willing to share some with you. I bet you'd have a colorful garden next year.
|patty purcell||Nov 10, 2005||Your website is beautiful I thought I had a lot of species I am impressed !I came across your website searching peoples lists for seeds. You are from my area we had a really nice plant swap this spring planned by fellow gardenwebbers maybe when we do it in spring you and your wife could come and kids. I am in Pittsburgh we had the swap in Ambridge. E-mail me whenever you have time would love to talk garden and maybe meet the 2 of you sometime. I am pattygrow5 on gardenweb.Loking forward to hearing from you. Patty|
|Murray||May 14, 2006||Great help for a new gardener! Looks great and very informative. However i'd like to see more information of what people think of these weeds as i'm inclined to let some of the better looking ones grow.|
|Margo from Illinois||Dec 15, 2007||Thank you for your wonderful site and especially the weed page. While I love Queen Anne's Lace and Tansy, I have been pulling others for years without knowing their names. |
|Evelyn York||Jun 09, 2008||After a peony flowers am I supposed to take the dead flower off? Thanks and I LOVE your website!!!!|
Interesting question on a weeds page ;-). Anyway, it certainly can't hurt to remove spent flowers. More for the sake of tidiness than anything else; I don't think the plant particularly cares.
|Karin||Sep 14, 2008||Isn't it amazing the variety of weeds you have? I've enjoyed the pictures and identifications. Most of them I don't have, but I have a slew of others that you don't have!! I have always been interested in weeds, so I thank you for putting them on your site.|
|Paula from Oneonta, New York||Jun 03, 2009||I have just learned of your website and I think it is just wonderful...I too, keep a garden journal every year of what I plant or has died, and any other little tidbit I might have seen on any particular day...
My question is: Do you use any all natural mixture of weed killer...I hate to use a chemically based one, but our house is surrounded by pebbles and I have so many weeds each year...I try to pull them but they continue in abundance :(
Any advise will be greatly appreciated...sometimes I get plenty of "Johnny Jump ups" mixed with the weeds, which I then transplant them into containers.
I use very little in the way of herbicides. The lawn could probably use a good dose of broad-leaf herbicide, but I haven't bothered in years. As for garden areas - the only attempts I make with chemicals are on the few dreadful weeds that sprout from vast underground root systems - mostly mugwort and Canada thistle. Those I'll use RoundUp on - I don't adhere to organic gardening principles, although in practice I use very little chemical help around the garden.
|Kelly in DC||May 29, 2010||Extemely helpful! I thought my current garden offered every weed known to man. We're moving 10 minutes north, and I am humbled to discover so many unfamiliar species.|
|Emily||May 31, 2010||Even your weeds are pretty! I particularly admire your hawkweed and can hardly imagine thinking of it as a weed, though I myself do yearly combat with certain supposedly desirable purchased plants that want to create a monoculture in my yard... and curse the evil forces that sell them. But the hawkweed is so Pretty... I guess I'm slow to learn. |
|Georgiana||Apr 15, 2011||I found your pictures very helpful so thank you for taking the time to photograph your weeds. There is one extra weed that I have managed to identify elsewhere: Herb Robert (Geranium robertianium) which is both stinky and spreads at a great rate. As your name is Rob I think that I should let you know of this one but I don't recommend you add it to your garden!|
Thanks for the information - I've heard of herb robert, but haven't encountered it in my garden (yet)...
|joco||Jun 27, 2011||Hiya Rob,
Came upon your pages to make sure i had the name for the Primula candelabra correct. I'd missed out the 'bulleyana' bit. thanks for that .
BTW, the herb Robert is not to be sniffed at:-)
What I mean is that it may have an odd smell, but it is great in suppressing other more noxious weeds and snails give it a wide berth. It can easily be eradicated itself and I find the leaves very pretty, the more so as they turn a deep coral red.|
|Jean Balamuth||Feb 22, 2012||Let us know if any parts of the weeds are EDIBLE!!!|
The observations on my pages are usually based in personal experience - and I haven't tried to eat most of the weeds in my garden! I may note the culinary potential of well-known edible weeds such as purslane, but I wouldn't dare venture into less-known territory...
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