Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Weeds or Not!

Everyone who gardens or tries to control even a small patch of yard is well acquainted with weeds. Weeds are those plants that show up where you don't want them.  We have a weed here in my neck of the woods that tends to grow at the edge of woods where soil has been disturbed.  Several of these small trees called Arialia spinosa or Devil's Walking Stick emerged shortly after our driveway was cleared and paved over five years ago.  I would have eradicated them except my expatriot blogger who lives in Japan wrote a post on how delicious and rare the spring shoots are from this plant in his country.  People in Japan that live in the country hike way into the forest and keep their little stash of walking sticks secret.  Well, that was enough to make me save this baby forest and it has grown as below.  You always want something that is rare to others even though common to you!  What is up with that?






I have never made it out to harvest the emerging spring shoots and enjoy them as a tempura, but will probably do so someday.  The plant deserves its common name as you can see, there is a price for spring shoots.


Even without edible parts, there are other benefits to this little forest that I saved.  Above it comes forth like candles in the spring as the buds begin to form.  Then it becomes the best place for pollinators of all types as the blossoms open.   




It is a song fest of buzzing and fluttering until the fall when the little flowers become dark berries, food for robins, blue birds and other berry eaters.  If I remember I will post a fall photo or two.


10 comments:

Lynn said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Tabor. What a treat to see through your eyes. Happy week.

Teuvo Vehkalahti said...

Kello rientää ja aika kuluu vauhdilla...
www.ttvehkalahti.blogspot.com

Brian Miller said...

lovely...hey i would keep it for the butterflies if for no other reason...will have to let us know if you try them...

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Just goes to show that everything in nature has some sort of purpose; even multiple uses. Enjoyed the images and the info very much.

Joanne Noragon said...

You saved them on faith and what a reward! Thanks for sharing.

Red said...

One can never stop running into interesting plants. Research any plant and you'll find no end of interesting characteristics like eating the spring shoots. Enjoyed your post.

SueAnn Lommler said...

So beautiful
Hugs
SUeAnn

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Love it
thanks
as I continue
learn from you...

Granny Annie said...

I posted a lovely weed on my blog the other day and it turned out to be Buffalobur Nightshade, a highly toxic plant with thorns. Some lovely things can be deceiving.

Barb said...

I encourage "weeds" like this in my own garden - anything (well, except dandelions) that will grow at altitude is welcome. These blooms are lovely!