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Mystery Weeds

September 26, 2017

 

 

 

Have you ever had mixed feelings about an unknown weed in your garden?  This year I found what might be a tomato seedling in the front yard sun bed and transplanted it into the herb bed in the back.  Voila!  I have dry-grown cherry tomatoes.  I noticed the fruits this week.  I say dry-grown because we have had a serious dry spell here for the last few weeks.  

 

The other mystery weed reminded me of a tall phlox. so I kept it.

I knew it probably wasn't a phlox, but you never know.....  It turned out to be a milkweed, the host plants for monarch butterflies.  I had planted some in another part of this bed about three years ago.  The plants didn't return.  I did not plant anymore milkweeds because they attracted  voracious orange and black beetles that ate my monarch caterpillars.       

 

 Serendipity at work!

 

 

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