Concrete and Crabgrass
Concrete and Crabgrass

Weeds who are city dwellers  have different playgrounds to play in than their country cousins. They can make a park out of an empty abandoned lot that the locals might call an eyesore, they can move concrete by thriving in cracks and they can graffiti with living green color the stark unimaginative cinderblock and stucco walls that define property lines.

This thriving colony of crabgrass has landed their first victory in urban revitalization. An abandoned concrete structure was recently jack-hammered down to size and the weeds have launched their first campaign at restoring the natural order of things. All they need is time for victory to be assured, for left alone, weeds are unstoppable. They do not doubt themselves, they do not engage in second guessing. Theirs is not to wonder why, but to grow and spread.

The mottos of weeds are words to live by, “Claim your space and make it yours. Send your roots deep and take ownership of as much territory as you can by expanding your contact with the world. Take what nature has given you and use it to your advantage. Above all, GROW.”

So today I give a nod to the type of successful urban revitalization project that always catches my eye and make me smile. Weeds conquer construction!

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.

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