Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Who you callin' a weed?

Not these violets; I'm constantly trimming the grasses from around my raised beds, and occasionally pulling clumps of grass that migrate inside the beds, but I try to spare the violets. They're pretty, and they're not hurting anyone.

I do get some unusual "weeds" surfacing from time to time; I had a few ferns in my squash bed last year, and then there's this one:

I don't know, it sure looks like a trillium to me! How it ended up in a raised bed is beyond me. We have no large white trillium on our land, just a few nodding trillium here and there in the woods. Perhaps, just perhaps, a trillium seed ended up in a hay bale we bought from somewhere else, then was consumed by the horses, then the manure was used to fill this bed?

And I thought trillium were difficult to propagate. Whatever it is, I'm digging it up and putting in a flower bed.


clairesgarden said...

good luck with the weeds, your tractor is doing a great job filling all your beds, it looks much better than a barrow and bags for sure!!

lené said...

Definitely looks like trillium to me. Is the nodding head trillium also called Wake Robin or red trillium? I love violets too. Sometimes I pick them and tuck them in a bud vase before the next door neighbor mows our lawn.

Deb said...

Lene- the nodding trillium (Trillium cernuum)--I'm looking in my Petersen's guide here--is a white trillium with a fairly inconspicuous white flower that hangs below the leaf. I don't know why, but we have a lot of them right around our cabin site...even one right under the front door steps that persists in coming up year after year.

But I don't think the garden one is one of those...at least I'm hoping! And violets...we have purple ones and white ones here...lovely!

lené said...

I don't think I've seen a nodding trillium before. We have the white trillium, but they are definitely showy. The Wake Robins are often looking down more than the white and painted here, so that was why I was guessing that they were nodding. I'm going to have to ask around about this one. I would love to see another trillium out there.

Mary Ann said...

It looks like it could be a Jack-in-the-Pulpit. I have some near my compost and they occasionally make it to the vegetable beds via the compost.