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!