Thursday, May 28, 2009

Money tree or money plant (Lunaria annua). They get nice translucent silver discs in the fall).

Also called honesty plant. I saw these purple wildflowers on the side of a road in April, not on someone's property but on city property. They looked like some kind of tall roadside weed, so I didn't think it was so wrong to pick just two flowers. I stuck them in dirt and they are now quite happy. Ugly but happy. I'll plant them in my wildflower garden, near the back. I read that they are one of those dreaded and dreadful biennials. Bloom twice and then die. I've come to dislike the whole idea of biennials. Seems unnatural. Plants should bloom always or once. Not some wishy washy middle ground. The top photo is from

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Saturday, May 9, 2009


Plantago major.

Sowthistle (Sonchus arvensis). [5/24/10 update]

Wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

There seem to be three kinds of clover in my yard: Dutch White, which I'm planting from seeds b/c it stays short, this larger clover with yellow flowers, and an even taller clover with big purple flowers.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Veronica spicata (spiked speedwell).

I'm calling this a weed because it spreads like wildfire. I think I bought a couple of plants 4 or 5 years ago and now it pops up everywhere. Has nice purple flowers so I'll let it spread around...up to a point.

Creeping charlie, gill-over-the-ground, ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea).

Mock (False) Strawberry (Duchesnea indica)

Violets. They get to stay.

Common fleabane.

Erigeron philadelphicus.