Sunday, August 1, 2010

Who got to decide?

Who was the one that got to decide what was a 'flower' and what was a 'weed'? Was the decision based on:
~ ease to grow?
~ fragrance?
~ beauty?
~ where it was growing?
I'm sure there was some 'scientific' reason for calling a weed a weed and a flower a flower.

But come on... are these not beautiful?
These grow in ditches and in fields. They are not dandelions. I'm not sure what they are. They do not flower first like a dandelion, they open straight to a poof ball and last a really long time. If you put your thumb and your middle finger together with both hands to make a circle, that is how big they are. (about 5 inches across)
So what are they? Does anyone know?
What ever they are, put them in with a few wild grasses and 'weeds' and they make for a very beautiful display I think.

Have a Happy Sunday!
xo Catherine

19 comments:

Brian said...

I think they are quite pretty too, we've got lots of them!

troutbirder said...

No kidding! I've wondered the same thing myself. I especially like the prairie wildflower Butterfly Weed. A wildflower named a weed. Go figure.

Marg said...

I don't know what those flowers are called and I don't know who decided what was weed and what was plant. So I am no good this morning. But I have do have a landscape friend that loves to go out and dig up wildflowers or weeds and plants them in people's yards. So it could be that some weeds are just leftovers from someone else planting them and then they came back later. Have a great Sunday.

Jacqueline said...

They are pretty, but you know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder so display them, no matter what they are!!...Have a fun, relaxing Sunday Catherine, kisses to handsome Banjo!

Laurie said...

I've always wondered this myself. I know dandelions were brought over to this country, as a flower, but someone decided they were a weed instead. I myself love them! I've never seen what you have here, and am interested myself in the answer!

Becca said...

They remind me of when I was a kid they grew in our front lawn. I would love to pick them and blow on them and watch their seeds take off with the wind! Now, I still think they are pretty, especially the way you have them styled. I love anything "natural" looking.
Have a lovely long weekend!

Carole said...

lovely, very pretty :) have a great week x

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Lots of people love Dandelions, Catherine... I like them --as long as they are NOT in my yard!!!!!! ha....

As a child, I used to blow those little puffy white 'seeds' all over the place... At the time, I didn't know that each of them would make a new Dandelion....

Hugs,
Betsy

S. Etole said...

I am beginning to see them here as well ... they are really quite magical.

ilovemyhouse said...

You are soo right my friend. Who decides what is beauty and what is beast? I am off for my vacation, might read your posts but not sure if i can comment. Will miss you, see you in 3 weeks.
XX

BeadedTail said...

I've never seen though before but they are too pretty to be a weed. Your arrangement is lovely!

P.S. I think you are right about the deer! We couldn't believe what we were seeing - it was such a funny reaction to the cat!

S. Etole said...

I think it is Goat's Beard gone to seed, Catherine ...

Stacey Dawn said...

Oh my goodness - I LOVE - that you put them in a vase. Too cool!!!! And I think they are flowers - because they have blooms on them!! haha

koralee said...

I agree..who decided this???? One man's weed anothers garden...Happy Monday. xoxo

4smartmonkeys said...

I love them and think they are so pretty. My daughter agrees. But my husband definetely sees a Weed!!

Alina said...

Oh, this post truly speaks to me. I don't know of anyone else who grows "weeds" in pretty pots (this makes my dear neighbor Carol cringe :0) I take offense whenever I hear any plant being called a weed. Like you said, who determines that?! and why?! I like to let my garden be as natural as possible. No perfect flower beds for me. That's for sure! XO

MedaM said...

I love dandelion and its seeds. We have them only in spring. When I was a child I used to play with lovely seed by blowing into it. I enjoyed watching dozens of small white parachutes flying all around. You took wonderful photos of dandelion seeds. Thanks for this post, I really enjoyed.

Sarah said...

very pretty : )

Jaime said...

It seems like the faster they spread, the more likely they are to be called weeds.
I agree with you. I think many weeds get a bad rap.

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