My Weed Garden

Yesterday afternoon, while Ella napped, The Husband took Jack outside to play. I thought I'd take the opportunity to take some scraps out to the compost and pick up some sticks to add to it, as well. 
While out there, I also knocked down craw-dad holes and stuck them on the pile. Jack helped with that task :). 

Our backyard is FULL of weeds. Some are pretty. Many are ugly. Most just look like wheat or tall grass. 
I was walking through our irritatingly-tall weeds, when I noticed something different hidden in the middle of a large patch of wild onions (which are so misleading in their potential to be something beautiful). 
It had stalks that were similar to bamboo and skinny, long leaves similar to corn. It had very tiny bluiish-purple buds not quite yet ready to bloom. 

I kept walking (we have a huge backyard) and looking for craw-dad holes, when I noticed the same kind of plant all by itself. This one didn't have any flowers or blooms yet. 

I really want The Husband to mow, but I didn't want him to mow over those in case they were something other than weeds. So, I decided to try to dig them up and transplant them to the front yard. 

I say "try" because I have never transplanted something in my life. 

So, using my trusty $1 spade from Target, I dug those suckers up. I probably mangled their roots, and they probably won't last the week, but I moved those babies to the front yard. I dug, using my trusty $1 claw-like thing, a trench, tried to pull most of the grass out of it, and planted my new finds. 
I told The Bestie of my new garden, and we joked that I had probably just planted weeds, and my neighbors will probably laugh. 

While nursing Ella this morning, I googled "plant that looks like bamboo with tiny purple flowers," and to my delight, it appears I have found Spiderwort (http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/prairie/plantx/oh_spiderwortx.htm)! Haha, what a name. Each bloom lasts a day, but there are several buds on each plant, so we'll be able to enjoy them for a while.  

This morning, I checked on them, and they look so pretty!

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  1. Good for you - transplanting plants!!! Your dad will be proud. You know our beds are full of all kinds of things. Anytime you want to do some more transplanting, just come on over with your trusty spade!!! :) Love you.

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    1. Sounds good! Let me hone my transplanting skills before I butcher your plants though!

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  2. Aww! We LOVED our spiderworts, growing up! There was a whole patch of them in our back yard, and it was always a fight with Dad about not mowing them. He hated them. I'm so glad you have some.

    Now, craw-dad holes? Please explain. Is this a term for something else, or do they really burrow in your yard?

    -Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer, you know I grew up calling them that, so I can't honestly say that's what lives in there! Maybe it's a cousin of crawfish and not really crawfish?

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    2. I grew up calling them craw-dads, too. But you're saying they actually burrow and make holes in folks lawns where you live? Are you near water? Because I've only ever seen them in/near the lake when we're camping.

      -Jennifer

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    3. Is this what you're talking about?
      http://www.americaswetlandresources.com/wildlife_ecology/plants_animals_ecology/animals/invertebrates/crawfish.html

      -Jennifer

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    4. Yep, that's them! And no, we don't live near water. We have a couple of ports in neighboring towns, but that's it.

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    5. I was reading that apparently they burrow for quite some time, and only seek water during a certain phase in their life cycle. Now I know what made all of those mud towers in the ditches around CFBC every time it rained!

      -Jennifer

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