Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Since March, I've been working to free our flower beds of weeds. It has been, and is, quite a task because of the amount of beds we have in our yard. Not to mention the fact that I am not well versed in plants and weeds. I know dandelions and clovers are weeds, others I am still learning.

Last year, one of the worst weeds we had was a dandelion type weed that was prickly and incredibly difficult to pull up. They were our nemesis. This year, we thought we saw them growing in March, and thought it would be good to get started on them before they got too big and prickly. I spent several hours pulling up these weeds. And there were A LOT of them!

I'll admit that over the last few weeks I've slacked a bit on the weeding. Been too tired when I've gotten home from subbing and done all the other chores I have to do. In that time, the flower beds have been overcome with the weeds (I don't know if I could have kept up even if I'd been working on them daily!). I noticed the other day that some of the weeds I'd been pulling up earlier in the spring had buds on them. Thinking this was weird, I pointed it out to B, who said they were probably still weeds, and they probably weren't flower buds.

Yesterday, M, our friend who is staying with us, pointed out one of the flowers that had been blooming recently. It is a beautiful, colorful flower and looks like this:

He proceeded to point out that all the "weeds" we had been meaning to pull out, and had already pulled out looked exactly the same as this beautiful flower...


It seems we were yanking out our Poppy plants. Unfortunately, they look a lot like dandelions and we were horribly mistaken when we thought they were weeds. This mistake only caused us to yank out a hundred or so of these flowers from our flower beds!

Seems we really need to study up on our flowers and weeds before we tear out more beautiful flowers and leave our beds full of weeds...


Carla said...

heeeheee, been there, done that (today as a matter of fact;)

ann ominous said...

omg....youhave hundreds of beautiful poppies?????? i am so jealous.

i completely understand though. I ripped up a ton of my mom's daylillies. oopsies.

FROGGITY! said...

oh no!!!! well, how could you have known? live and learn i guess!!

i am nervous about some of our veggies... some aren't looking so hot... eeek

Kristin said...

Noooooooo. I LOVE popies! I'm currently trying to save our lovely little I don't know what they're called purple trees from the wretched heat. Ugh. Hi from SITS!

Cindy said... of the many reasons I need to take a short break from blogging for now...I promise not to be a stranger :)

The Blonde Duck said...

I would have done the same thing. In fact, I have. That's why I make Ben do the gardening now. :)

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh no! What pretty flowers. I only have 2 teeny tiny beds and I can't keep up with them!

Elizabeth said...

Oh no! We live and learn right?
Stopping by from SITS :)

Aleta said...

I do not have a green thumb, so I'd probably do something like this IF I planted a garden. I love those flowers though, they are REALLY pretty!!

Dollar Weeds are the ones that grow like crazy around here and they are hard as the dickens to get rid of.

Anonymous said...

These days it's hard to tell what's a flower and what's a weed since weeds have really taken over everywhere! But i've seen some of these poppies in the neighborhood and they're lovely!

Fresh Mommy said...

Haha, sounds like something I would do... fortunately I haven't plucked one weed yet this year!!


Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

I have done that! I grew up in an inner city and now I am a country girl and I have a lot to learn. I pulled up many flowers and let many flowering weeds run amok. For years I didn't know about gardening tools, if you can believe that! I used to pull the weeds up with my fingers instead of sticking the trowel underneath and just getting the whole clump up. See, here's the thing. No one tells you because everyone thinks you know. Gardening is a basic, isn't it? Not for everyone! So here's a tip in case you don't know. Weed right after a rain--they'll come right up.

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