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2022 June 1

Lawn flowers (weeds)

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Because I did not have any photos for this week’s “secret walk”, I decided to photograph the flowers in my lawn before mowing.

First, I’m going to cheat a little and include two photos from 7 April 2022, when the wild onions were still flowering:


At that time the wild onion and the borage were both growing together at a corner of the patio. I took out most of the borage when the stalks started falling over, but more is starting there now.


I even had one lone California poppy, back near the compost bin. Other people still have California poppies blooming, but our lone volunteer was over early.

The rest of the photos in this post are from 29 May 2022:


The flower that I’ve been thinking of as dandelion, though it does not have the hollow stems of the dandelions I grew up with in the midwest, seems to be a hawkbit.


Here is another hawkbit, showing leaves, flower, and seeds.


I also have a few common daisies, mostly in the front yard.


This weed, which grows rather tall, seems to be bitter lettuce, which (despite its name) is not really edible, though it supposedly has some traditional medicinal uses.


California burclover is one of the few native weeds that competes with the Eurasian ones.


The tiny scarlet pimpernel flowers are cute.


This is a very small borage plant that flowered in the lawn—mostly I get huge borage plants, because I let them grow pretty much wherever they occur.


One patch of lawn has been replaced by lemon balm. One year I let the lemon balm grow into a bush, but mowing around it was too much hassle, so now I just mow it like the rest of the lawn—it seems to survive the mistreatment (and the numerous gopher tunnels underneath it).


I have quite a bit of salsify growing under the clothesline.


Also under the clothesline are bitter lettuce, fennel, and mint. The mint is an escapee from a nearby raised bed (which no longer has any mint), but I’m not sure whether it was the peppermint or the spearmint that escaped.


The nasturtiums are also escaping from the raised bed, which is gradually disintegrating after over 30 years. The nasturtiums may be responsible for the mint no longer being in the raised bed.


I still have thistles in the lawn. A few years back, when I was too lazy to do anything about the backyard jungle, some thistles grew to almost 6 feet high. I tried to take out most of the thistles earlier this year, but there are still quite a few. I won’t let them flower this year, at least making sure they get mown, and I’ll do my best to dig them up. (No herbicides!)


Although the oxalis is long past blooming, I found a few plants still under the pear tree, where it is too shady for most of the grasses and flowers that make up my lawn.


I also have cranesbill.


I found out recently that all parts of the Italian arum are poisonous, and that it can even be a contact irritant, so I’ll try to remove most of the arum this year, despite how pretty it is, especially when it turns red. I also understand that it is almost impossible to eradicate, so I’ll probably always have some in the yard.


Common nightshade is one of the more common plants back by the compost heap.


I had to include this extra borage picture, because of the bee—one of the best reasons for allowing borage to grow is that the bees love it. They seem to like it even more than they like blackberry flowers.

With all the flowers in the lawn and at least four different species of grass (not to mention other plants that did not have flowers for me to photograph), no one could accuse my lawn of being a monoculture! I do mow it to keep it from becoming too tall, but I don’t water it, nor add any chemicals.

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  1. […] Lawn flowers (weeds), I tentatively identified the dandelion-like flower in my lawn as a hawkbit.  I found a document […]

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