Forget Your Perfect Offering #2: Weeds

“We haven’t a clue as to what counts

in the secret landscape behind the landscape we look at here.”

— Charles Wright

Weeds without love. Torn and dying flowers. Dead insects and other animals. A tangle of brambles. Galls and burls. Broken trees, struggling trees. So much that’s not perfect is beautiful, magical, and soulful beyond words, beyond a photo, beyond belief. A secret landscape.

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For today, photos of weeds, wayside plants, invasive exotics, plants we want to eradicate, plants we don’t always love.

By colour.

Red/orange:

orange hawkweed, NH garden, June 2016
orange hawkweed, NH garden, June 2016
Japanese barberry, NH garden, Oct. 2014
Japanese barberry, NH garden, Oct. 2014
Japanese bittersweet, Cape Cod, Oct. 2016
Japanese bittersweet, Cape Cod, Oct. 2016
knotweed in fall colour, NH trail, Oct. 2015
knotweed in fall colour, NH trail, Oct. 2015
bittersweet vines and milkweed, NH field, Dec. 2015
bittersweet vines and milkweed, NH field, Dec. 2015
Jewelweed, NH garden, Sept. 2013
Jewelweed, NH garden, Sept. 2013
milkweed and brambles, NH meadow, Nov. 2013
milkweed and brambles, NH meadow, Nov. 2013
Prunus virginiana (choke cherry berries), NH meadow, Aug. 2014
Prunus virginiana (choke cherry berries), NH meadow, Aug. 2014
coltsfoot, NH rail trail, June 2014
coltsfoot, NH rail trail, June 2014
Russian thistle on beach, Jekyll Island, GA, Sept. 2014
Russian thistle on beach, Jekyll Island, GA, Sept. 2014
gaillardia (blanket flower) and rudbeckia, Jekyll Island, GA, June 2014
gaillardia (blanket flower) and rudbeckia, Jekyll Island, GA, June 2014

Yellow/gold:

Utricularia cornuta (horned bladderwort), NH bog, Aug. 2014
Utricularia cornuta (horned bladderwort), NH bog, Aug. 2014
yellow hawkweed, NH garden, Aug 2015
yellow hawkweed, NH garden, Aug 2015
purple-headed sneezeweed, NH meadow, Aug. 2016
purple-headed sneezeweed, NH meadow, Aug. 2016
bidens plant, NH lake, Oct. 2016
bidens plant, NH lake, Oct. 2016
wood nymph on goldenrod, NH meadow, Aug. 2014
wood nymph on goldenrod, NH meadow, Aug. 2014
silverrod (Solidago bicolor), NH garden, Sept. 2014
silverrod (Solidago bicolor), NH garden, Sept. 2014
senna flower, Jekyll Island, GA, Sept. 2014
senna flower, Jekyll Island, GA, Sept. 2014
Brassica nigra (black mustard), NH rail trail, June 2014
Brassica nigra (black mustard), NH rail trail, June 2014
Chamaecrista fasciculata (partridge pea), Jekyll Island GA, Sept. 2014
Chamaecrista fasciculata (partridge pea), Jekyll Island GA, Sept. 2014

 

 

Purple and pink:

dock leaves, persicaria flower, penstemon seedheads, NH garden, Sept. 2015
dock leaves, persicaria flower, penstemon seedheads, NH garden, Sept. 2015
pokeweed, Maine botanical garden, Aug. 2016
pokeweed, Maine botanical garden, Aug. 2016
Chamerion angustifolium (fireweed), NH lake, Aug. 2016
Chamerion angustifolium (fireweed), NH lake, Aug. 2016
red clover, NH garden, Sept. 2015
red clover, NH garden, Sept. 2015
purple loosestrife, NH pond, Aug. 2014
purple loosestrife, NH pond, Aug. 2014

 

Apios americana (ground nut vine), NH meadow, Aug. 2014
Apios americana (ground nut vine), NH meadow, Aug. 2014
beach pea bloom, Maine beach, June 2014
beach pea bloom, Maine beach, June 2014
thistle, NH bog, Aug. 2014
thistle, NH bog, Aug. 2014
cosmos et al., SC public garden, June 2014
cosmos et al., SC public garden, June 2014
Saponaria officinalis (double-flower soapwort), NH lake, Aug. 2016
Saponaria officinalis (double-flower soapwort), NH lake, Aug. 2016
smilax vine, NH rail trail, Sept. 2016
smilax vine, NH rail trail, Sept. 2016
railroad vine, Jekyll Island, GA, Sept. 2013
railroad vine, Jekyll Island, GA, Sept. 2013

Blue and green:

self-heal, NH garden, June 2016
self-heal, NH garden, June 2016
Sideroxlyon tenax (tough buckthorn) berries, Jekyll Island, Sept. 2014
Sideroxlyon tenax (tough buckthorn) berries, Jekyll Island, Sept. 2014
duckweed and fall leaves, NH open garden, Oct. 2015
duckweed and fall leaves, NH open garden, Oct. 2015
blue violet, NH trail, May 2016
blue violet, NH trail, May 2016
Virginia creeper, Jekyll Island, GA Sept. 2014
Virginia creeper, Jekyll Island, GA Sept. 2014
borage, NH garden, July 2015
borage, NH garden, July 2015

White/cream:

cow parsnip, northern NH field, July 2015
cow parsnip, northern NH field, July 2015
Arabis hirsuta (hairy rockcress), NH rail trail, June 2014
Arabis hirsuta (hairy rockcress), NH rail trail, June 2014
Polygonum articulatum (coastal jointed knotweed), NH rail trail, Sept. 2016
Polygonum articulatum (coastal jointed knotweed), NH rail trail, Sept. 2016
Queen Anne's lace, NH garden, Aug. 2012
Queen Anne’s lace, NH garden, Aug. 2012
Trifolium arvense (rabbit's foot clover), NH lake, July 2014
Trifolium arvense (rabbit’s foot clover), NH lake, July 2014
dandelions and white violets, NH garden, May 2016
dandelions and white violets, NH garden, May 2016
Mikania Scandens (climbing hempvine), Jekyll Island, GA, Sept. 2014
Mikania Scandens (climbing hempvine), Jekyll Island, GA, Sept. 2014
white clover, NH garden, June 2016
white clover, NH garden, June 2016

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