Monday, March 01, 2004

Weed Catalog.

embarassing as it is to admit, these are some of the weeds growing (and thriving) here:

then there are those that are in the grey area between weed and desirable plant, depending on individual taste.

for now, i choose to call these desirable. i have three reasons: 1) they appear on their own in my yard and are, therefore, free of cost; 2) assuming i have them correctly identified (and i think i do), they are native to this general area; and 3) they are attractive.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Weed ID.

texas a&m's aggieturf site has a very handy section for weed identification -- weed control in turf.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Oxalis of Evil.

(thanks to pete for suggesting the cheesy title.)

last week i declared that "oxalis = evil" and promised further explanation. here it is.

those cute little pink flowers that i thought were so cheery back in february have, over the last several months, come to show their true intent, and it is not to lend color to an otherwise dreary and gray season.

what started as a few plants scattered through the grass has become enormous colonies of oxalis. yes, it is nice and green, but it chokes out everything in its path and grows like, well, a weed. it doesn't get tall and scraggly, but it stops at nothing in its quest to overtake the yard.

"dainty pink flowers" my patootie.

the plants national database lists more than a few varieties of oxalis, native as well as introduced. it exists in every state except alaska. how's that for distribution. i haven't positively identified our oxalis, but i think it is oxalis violacea (violet woodsorrel).

once you've let it go too long, eradicating oxalis becomes a near full time job. the kind we have grows from small bulblets, which then multiply into dozens of tiny bulblets, which in turn grow larger and multiply themselves. and on and on, ad infinitum. i shudder to think of the number of these things hiding in our yard.

darin has become quite adept at rooting out oxalis clumps; i don't have quite his skill, but i have greater perseverance. in part, i think, because i feel guilty about letting the sneaky things have free rein for so long.

there is a place oxalis -- the native sort, that is -- but that place is not in the middle of my yard. if i had a "woodland" sort of setting, i might well consider oxalis. but i don't, and darin does still have a certain attachment to small patches of st. augustine lawn. thus it must be gone.

oxalis has officially been designated one of my least favorite plants. the other being liriope.

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Thursday, December 25, 2003

Oxalis = Evil.

more on this later...

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Sunday, February 17, 2002

Weed ID - Asiatic Hawksbeard.

obviously a weed. i usually find 3-4 of these to pull every time i set foot out the door. but i thought it was a small dockweed. apparently the "bane" of houston gardeners. oh well.

fun saturday night, eh?

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Plant/Weed ID - Annual Bluegrass.

we have this, too. also behind the garage. i knew this was something i didn't particularly want and have been pulling it up as i see it. fortunately, it doesn't compete well against whatever "real" grass we have elsewhere in the yard.

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Saturday, February 16, 2002

Plant ID - (Mock) Indian Strawberry.

one mystery plant/weed down; many still to go. we have a lot of this growing/taking over behind the garage. i'm not sure whether - at some time in the past - it was intentionally put there, or if it just moved in on its own. since it's between the back of the garage and the compost pile, it's not too high on my list of things to clean up. i'd been kind of hopeful that it was true wild strawberry.

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