Thursday, August 5, 2010

Weed, not plant


I grew up in a house set in a huge garden maintained by an army of gardeners. Among the formal lawns, rose gardens and rock gardens, the solitary shrub of lantana was a weed. Quite definitely a weed.

The flowers were pretty, the berries were cute. I loved crushing the leaves, and catching the dragonflies that flocked to it. But I was taught not to appreciate it, because it was a weed, not a plant.

A couple of months back, nostalgia drove me to bring home three lantana plants. Who cares if it is a weed- even weeds are beautiful!
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A drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

19 comments:

Paul C said...

Thanks for introducing me to a drabble. I too like some weeds for their beauty. As long as they are not too invasive...

Clarissa Draper said...

That weed is beautiful along with dandelions. I wish I knew what made the people decided what is a weed and what is not.
CD

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I've paid good money for my lantana (and cover it carefully for winter so it'll come back the next year), so I hope it's not a weed! :) I know it could be...but here in the South it's so darned hot that only weeds survive, sometimes.

Great drabble!

slommler said...

Lantana is beautiful! I would want it in my garden as well.
Just like here, Queen Anne's Lace is a weed and yet such a beautiful flower. I have them in my garden!!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Trudy said...

I've never heard of lantana but you're right, it sure is beautiful!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wish I felt the same way about the dandelions.

LTM said...

what I wouldn't give for your army of gardners! :D We have lantana all over the place here, too. I've seen it in all colors--have you seen the kind that's pink, purple AND yellow all on one bush? even weeds can be beautiful~ :o)

ladyfi said...

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all! What a gorgeous plant.

Jan Morrison said...

Have you ever wondered who gets to decide what one is a weed and what one a precious flower? I do and I think someone is just making this stuff up and should stop already. It is a weed if you don't want it and a flower if you do. there. simple. I wish all the dumb fountaining petunias would be classed weeds and that everyone would grow helpful clover, daisies and queen anne's lace in their gardens.
Nice drabble, deario. Got me all worked up.
Jan Morrison

Mary said...

If I think it's beautiful and I like it, in my yard it's a flower. If I don't like it it's a weed.
Lantana is a weed I wouldn't mind having.
I look forward to your drabble.

Jules said...

Well I'm sorry but that is the prettiest weed I have ever seen. It could grow in my garden :D
Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Holly Ruggiero, Southpaw said...

Oh, not a weed. It's too pretty.

Journaling Woman said...

Well, silly me then. I paid $20 at the nursery for a Lantana.

Tina said...

I believe weeds are in the eyes of the beholder, echoing what some other comments say. That's a great plant, in my opinion.

Vered - Blogger for Hire said...

I agree - it's beautiful. I never quite understood why some of the more beautiful weeds were so bad - but I guess they tend to take over and kill other plants? I wouldn't no, I'm no expert.

100 words can be just as profound as 1000!

dipali said...

Lantanas are pretty and they even smell nice! I guess lacking a pedigree makes it a weed:(

Ellie said...

Very pretty; I don't think it knows it is a weed! I wonder what exactly defines a weed?!

Theres just life said...

One gardeners weed is an other gardeners treasure. I know a lot of people who use lantana in their gardens as accent plants. The nurseries around here sell them like crazy.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

Lantana is a plant in the Americas, is it? Good to know that because it is too pretty to be a weed. But so are dandelions, and Queen Anne's lace (Queen Anne's lace is used a lot in bouquets in India).

I wish people would classify plants as hardy and delicate, rather than weed and plant- makes so much more sense.

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