Two plants popped up in my small patio bed.  I wasn’t totally sure what they were so I let them grow out to reveal themselves.  I thought they might be weeds, Gulf Coast Penstemon or Cardinal Flower.  Once the plants grew to around 4 inches, it became clear they were Cardinal Flowers, which was my last guess.  I promptly dug them up and transplanted the pair to a better location.

More than once, I have mistook weeds for a wanted plant and let them grow.  And yes, there is a mix of weeds and seedlings in that bed.  I am waiting for them tell me what they are.

Exquisite Weeds


Weeds. No one likes them.  But at a closer look some are exquisite little jewels.


The colors entice pollinators that enable the sweet little weeds to continue on their eternal journey through the garden beds.


Many are smaller than the tip of a pinkie finger. And yet their roots run deep and spread unnoticed under ground.


Weeds.  Exquisitely beautiful, but feared by gardeners.

Back to the Garden


I have been away from the garden for quite awhile and as everyone knows what that means, weeds, weeds and more weeds.  The photo is of just one small patch.

Plants need to be cut back for spring growth.  There is plenty of work to do.


The new rose was not put into the ground, but is still alive and greeted me with a bloom.

The Automatic Garden did its job and flowered on its own.  The reliable Salvias are loaded with blooms, ready for the arrival of hummingbirds and bees.

The Butterfly Weed is sending out its seeds and the Marigolds that were just tiny seedlings are blooming.  The bulbs have bloomed and shrubs are sporting flowers.

The biggest surprise was the Tassel Flower that I have struggled with for two years.  It has formed two colonies of the plant.  Maybe sometimes it is better not to be around to baby the plants and let the Automatic Garden do its thing.








Gave It A Try


Yes, this is a weed patch.  It was a bed of Black- Eyed Susans inundated with weeds.  Not wanting to use herbicide, I covered the bed with black lawn bags hoping to bake and smother the weeds and seeds.  After more than a month, the bags were removed and the soil looked great.  The Black-Eyed Susans’ seeds were replanted and soon tiny green leaves appeared.   But, a couple of weeks later the plants’ leaves were developed enough to clearly identify them.  All were weeds.

I guess I will have to do weed removal the old fashion way and pick every single one out by hand!  The bed is  about 5′ by 3′ which is much bigger than this close-up shot. Pick, pick, pick…


Confession, as they say is good for the soul, but still hard to do.  Confession on a blog in anonymity is somewhat easier.  So here it goes. Some seeds of a plant new to the Automatic Garden, were planted in a large container.  Happily, they germinated and grew.  The small plants were then carefully transplanted into separate containers full of fresh potting soil and fertilizer.  They thrived and grew really well.  Meanwhile, back in the large container, new plants emerged from the same exact location.  UH-OH.


It turns out that the nurtured plants were WEEDS!  Completely embarrassing.  I would love to hear if any of you have any weed confessions.  Maybe I would not feel so bad.