Shhh… if you decide to venture outside where it is a cold 20 F, please don’t wake up the chickweed, Stellaria media.
Apparently, it’s sleeping the ‘sleep of plants’. According to Botanical.com, at night the leaves of chickweed fold over the tender buds to protect them. Isn’t that sweet? This ‘sleep of plants’ isn’t something all plants do, but apparently chickweeds do it and so do many legumes.
Don’t tell anyone, but I think chickweed is a cute little plant. With a little “reform work” and some good PR, I think it could be a decent enough ground cover or perhaps a cute little house plant. It is edible, too, as are other common weeds like purslane and dandelions.
I wonder what happened to chickweed, purslane, and dandelions that they became weeds instead of vegetables we cultivate in our gardens. What wrong turn did they take? How did they become so uncivilized?
Or are they all that uncivilized? Maybe we, the gardeners, are the ones who are uncivilized, not appreciating the qualities of these plants?
Think on that, and discuss amongst yourselves how this happens that some plants end up as weeds and others end up as cultivated plants. But keep your voices down, the chickweed is sleeping right outside.
Many thanks to all who showed us their December blooms for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day on the 15th. Winter has certainly reduced our blooms significantly, but there are still many flowers to be found. If you get a few minutes, check out some of the links on Mr. Linky, and visit a few of them to see how they compare to your garden this month!