This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


violets 3
Violets are a really prolific weed in my yard. I hate to pull them up, so I leave many to grow as they please. They make a good ground cover and have beautiful blossoms. Just this week they have started to bloom.

wildflowers, weeds, invasives and natives



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Viola odorata I presume. Weed? What are you calling a weed? :-)

We have them in white and purple, growing profusely in the lawn. Where else?

I mark out the patches in February and no mower is allowed near them until they are over.

It's a battle every year as you may imagine. I suppose the old definition of a weed: 'a plant growing in the wrong place', still holds good today. But then...I even like dandelions, which is maybe a step too far.

May 03, 2007 10:28 AM

Blogger carletongardener said...

I also LOVE all my violets. I call them a weed because they volunteer all over the place. Just today I collected many from the backs of my borders and moved them to the edges along the front. I like a nice row of them.

I have many purples, a few whites, and even a yellow one or two. I am very fond of many weeds. (I hope I am not offending them to call them this....)

Since I don't really know the definition of a "weed", I just looked at Wikipedia. At the top is a photo of a lovely violet, then a definition with the words "nuisance", "aggressive" and "unwanted". Maybe I should change my terminology...

(I also like dandelions too. I often leave a patch of two of them here and there. Next to the tansy and bugleweed.)

May 03, 2007 4:39 PM


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