Thursday, August 1, 2013

Where the wild things grow






If you'd told me I would learn more about weeds than flowers or vegetables during my first five years of country life, it's more than likely I would have scoffed...loudly. I might have even rolled my eyes. But here I am, on the cusp of our fifth anniversary in this place and I'm completely digging the fact that each time I read about a wild edible or herb for medicinal purposes, that I say to myself, "Hey! That's growing in our yard." Sometimes there is a lot of it around and often times, just a sampling, but I also know that there is a treasure trove beyond the wild violets I harvested this spring in the seemingly, but not really, far woods behind us.

Where do the wild things grow you ask? Why, all around us.

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15 comments:

Jessica Sweeney said...

It's amazing how much we take for granted, and discard in the name of landscaping! Lovely post. :)

Kim said...

I have a greater appreciation for weeds as a photographer than I ever had before. There really is a lot of beauty in them.

Buttons said...

Oh Andrea these shots are incredible and about the medicinal weeds come on down after last years drought and this years rain our pastures are full of medicinal something or others:) Hug B

Kara said...

Love the first shot. It looks like thistle?

Kristy LifenReflection said...

Great series, love your title!

TexWisGirl said...

every one is beautiful.

tiarastantrums said...

oh my girls go nuts over those pods! In the fall we go to the forest preserve to "collect" the pods to break them all open and create the BIGGEST mess in the world!

Lynne said...

Love them "wild things" photos . . .

Angel Allen said...

I have green thumb in weeding growing. I'm an expert. I can kill any flower and grow weeds like an expert, lol. Great post. Thanks for sharing at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

Angel @ sewcraftyangel.blogspot.com

Windy Meadows Farm said...

Sometimes the prettiest things are the most simple ones...thanks for the reminder. -Mary

Nicki said...

Great post. I was just out last evening looking for plants to photograph (more specifically, flowers - wild or otherwise) and a little boy asked me what I was doing. I explained to him that I was on an adventure to find all the cool and pretty weeds in our neighborhood and then photograph them. The "adventure" had him smiling widely. His little sister, on the other hand, suggested I look into a hole for perhaps spider webs as an adventure. Gotta love kids. Love nature.

Jenn Bowers said...

Love that last shot! (I'm visiting through Mona's.)

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

I love the first shot with the thistle.

Carol J. Alexander said...

"Weeds are flowers, too, once you get to know them." A.A. Milne Thanks for sharing on the HomeAcre Hop. Please come back and see us this week: http://everythinghomewithcarol.com/the-self-sufficient-homemaker-hop-2/

weekendfarmer said...

Hi there! Love the pics. What are those like pods in the 4th picture. We have so many growing here in Jersey.