Here we have a bouquet of Picris Echiodes, rye grass and a beautiful soft leaved, yellow flowered weed that I adore, but have failed to identify; and they are all posing for me in the cold. These weeds present themselves with grace in their different forms. One, soft leaved like a lamb’s ear plant, but with a proud spire that boasts of views the other will never not attain. Two, the rye grass that grows so easily and demands very little as it covers hillsides in the winter, reminds us of Spring as it stays green with only a bit of rainfall, and announces Summer’s approach by taking on the brown cast of straw when the days lengthen and heat up. And the third weed, Picris echiodes (or Bristly Ox Tongue) is a hold out from the previous summer displays its tenacity and ferocity, with a coquettish tilt of its dried, still thorny stems.
Together they make a lovely presentation and remind me of two important lessons. Always put your best face on before meeting the day, and be happy in the form that was given to you. Thank you weeds!
Please come back tomorrow for a new “Weed Image of the Day” and let me know which ones you like.
We and our weeds are so much more than what we first appear to be.