Three common weeds/wild-flowers I have found in Walsall gardens.

C. lutetiana showing burrs and flowers (picture from Wikipedia)

I do feel a bit guilty doing my day-job at people’s gardens, tidying up their patch!

 

I feel this especially when I need to remove weeds out of their borders. It is not so bad when I have to put other plants in their place or if I have to take out really damaging weeds such as Goosegrass (Galium aparine) or Bindweed (Calystegia spp.) totally swamping ornamental plants.

I always have to apologize to the weed in question, taking it away as it could possibly be a food source of insects and other creatures.

Well, I do tell myself that there are possibly plenty of the same plants outside the garden.

But sometime there is no real need to take them out and they can even look pretty, like the Enchanter’s-nightshade (Circaea lutetiana) for example which can be found in shady and base rich garden soil. It does have a ferocious creeping root-stock, so can cover quite a large area, but it is actually a nice addition to other more bold garden plants such as the Geraniums or deciduous shrubs! It is pollinated by small flies and the small club-shaped fruits have hooked bristles which are easily dispersed by us or on a pet’s coat wandering through the vegetation.

I always find plenty of Broad-leaved Willowherb (Epilobium montanum) with small pink flowers and interesting twisted seed capsules in winter when the seed have long gone, its little parachutes blown away  by the wind. It gets pollinated by insects or  can also be self-pollinated.

Another common wild flower I find is Wood Avens or Herb Bennet (Geum urbanum) with small, 5-petalled, yellow flowers and “small round fruit-heads where each small fruit in the head has a single seeded ovary with a long hooked style protected by the stigma. When a fruit is ripe, the stigma drops off the style revealing the strong hook” 

 

The seeds are dispersed on coats such as those of a dog or cat and also by us on our socks or trousers when we try to remove them. It is also called the hitch-hiking technique!

Geum urbanum or Herb Bennet and its tiny flower

Leave a Reply