A long overdue weeding session in our almost spent veggie patch involved dispatching oodles of the weeds below.
Dastardly seedsThese plants are not a new invader. And they carry many, many dastardly seeds. I learned early that I had to weed them out regularly and apply heavy mulch or they would reproduce rapid and turn into an unattractive ground cover, choking out everything else.
At one time I also knew the common name of this gardening enemy. As I snapped photos, though, the realization hit: I no longer remember its name. If my mother was still living, she could tell me. She knew plants, wild and domestic. And she was the one who first introduced the plant to me when I was growing up.
Anybody out there recognize this uninvited guest? I have had no success identifying it. I need to know.
To misquote ancient military strategist Sun Tzu, “Know thy enemy.”
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Childhood logic. DIL Sarah posted on Facebook this snippet of a Mother-Daughter moment with 7-year-old Charlie:
Charlie asks me, “Mama, did Cinderella sin a lot? Cause, you know, her name IS ‘SIN’derella.”