AT on...Weeds

AT on...Weeds

Heather Blaha
Jun 20, 2008

It's outdoor month for Apartment Therapy, and for those who don't consider traditional gardening part of their outdoor lives, I can fully relate. The concept is new to me, and although I am enjoying many aspects, I'm just kind of lazy with others - I tend to let things live and grow how they may. Luck would have it that lilies, tulips, hostas and succulents, too, have all come up in our backyard without lifting a finger. And the one task I'll admit that I really, really enjoy is the act of weeding.

I'm not necessarily a perfectionist always, but pulling up something at the root and cleaning up a garden seems quite therapeutic - and a nice distraction from life. However, some of our weeds are so massive, so intrusive, so bold. And pretty! These milkweeds shot up suddenly and are the most fascinating backyard creatures at the moment. I learned that they will flower later this summer for monarchs; all the more reason to love these weeds.

I also have these lovely yellow things growing through the fence (pictured above). Is it a weed? Can anyone identify?

I know weeds can overgrow and overcrowd the more "wanted" plants in your garden, but some weeds I just can't justify pulling. (Spoken like a true non-gardener gardener.)

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