Sometimes in the spring there is as much "unplanting" as planting going on. The weeds are just as excited about spring as any other plant and have taken off. They want to get firmly established and if possible bloom and set seed before I find them. They're in a big hurry because they "know" when I find them, I will be unplanting them!
Can you spot the weed in the picture above? Bonus points if you can also identify it for me because I've forgotten the name of it, but I know it is a weed and it came up out of nowhere. I believe it was not there yesterday, but grew out of nothing overnight. Hint, the two plants that are "keepers" in the picture are a gold foliage Spiderwort (Tradescantia 'Blue and Gold') and a tall phlox (Phlox paniculata), which looks a little anemic.
When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant. ~Author Unknown
I'll have to keep this advice in mind as I get down to some serious weeding soon.
I'll also be doing some serious shrub removal in the next few days. Remember my forsythia (Forsythia x media 'Arnold Dwarf') that hadn't bloomed in nearly 10 years? This is what they look like now.
They suffered mightily in the winter of April '07, and I'm going to finish them off soon. When they look so bad, I don't mind yanking them out and clearing out those weeds. Can you believe those weeds that I've let grow in there? You all might think I'm a lazy gardener after seeing that mess. And sometimes I am lazy, aren't you?
But one plant I won't be pulling out is this double columbine, Aquilegia vulgaris 'Tower Pink'. The "brother" plant is 'Tower Blue' which you can see over on the right. I started both from seed in 2001, and they've come back reliably every year. They get to stay as long as they want!