11 May 2009

Seeds, Seedheads and Weeds in Our Garden Today

Redbud tree (Cercis canadensis) seedpods hang underneath the tree at this time of year. Next year the tiny trees will be popping up all over the place. Last year's Italian flat parsley (Petroselinium neapolitanum) was planted in a protected place for swallowtail butterfly caterpillars to eat. Today it is about to burst open and plant itself throughout the garden.

Red Russian Kale planted in the vegetable garden last year, is going to seed. Once it has completed its cycle, I'll take it out and put in the peppers.

Leeks have a wonderful seedhead on a stem reaching six feet high.
Chinese Privet, Ligustrum sinese, is a weed that plants itself freely by seed. Locally, it is often used as a free filler for a shrub row. This one is flowering beautifully, providing nectar for lots of insects. It's difficult to dislike it even though it has a naughty habit of growing everywhere.

Last year's celery plants are 7 feet tall because I'm letting them complete their seeding cycle. They are beautiful structural biennial plants.

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