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When it comes to plants one’s trash is another’s treasure


A weed to one person can be a beautiful flower or table delicacy to someone else. I can think of numerous plants that fit that bill. It seems every season of the year is full of examples. Sometimes we even … Continue reading

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Why can’t landscapers refrain from using weedy ornamental pears?


We need some warm spring weather to rid us of those fetid white blossoms on the ornamental pears (Pyrus calleryana). While the bloom can be spectacular, I dread the musky fishy stench every spring. It’s even worse than that of … Continue reading

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A true geranium


Few people realize that those summer bedding plants with the round lily pad looking leaves and clusters of red, pink, salmon or white flowers are not actually true geraniums. They are more properly called Pelargoniums. We have a wild species … Continue reading

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Purslane – A Hot Weather Green


You’ve probably seen it in your garden when the weather has been so dry that nothing else will grow.  You might even plant one of its cousins in your flower garden. The plant in question is purslane (Portulaca oleracea).  The … Continue reading

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Lambsquarter – A most delicious weed


If a plant is growing where we don’t want it we call it a weed.  However, when it makes delicious table fare maybe we should rethink our rules.  Lambsquarter, Chenopodium album, fits the bill perfectly here.  It’s probably my favorite … Continue reading

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A Spicy Lawn Weed


To the many people who have cursed the ubiquitous wild garlic, (Allium vineale), I offer somewhat of a truce.  This is one useful spice that can add flavor to many foods.  They are not poisonous, grow everywhere and don’t cost … Continue reading

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Florida Betony


Florida Betony – If you can’t beat it, eat it Sometimes the battle can seem hopeless.  Florida Betony (Stachys floridana) is a highly invasive cool season weed.  To make matters worse the square-stemmed devil is a member of the mint … Continue reading

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