|Volunteer Plants - Side Yard
And the parkway in the front:
|Volunteer Plants - Parkway
At first glance, one might think, "Oh, it's being taken over by the weeds!"
But, a closer look reveals: a veritable salad, or, at least, a stir-fry! For a lot of the volunteer plants are edible plants that maybe eaten raw in salads or cooked as greens!
Tender young dandelion greens and assorted others that belong to the dandelion family, such as catsear, hawksbeard, and sow thistle:
The bees are enjoying the dandelion flowers:
|Bee on a Dandelion Flower
|Hawksbeard with flower stalk
|Sow thistle with flower in front, hawksbeard in the back
|Sow thistle close up, with buds
Redstem filaree or Stork's bill or Crane's bill, which have purple flowers and seed heads that look like the bill of a stork or crane:
|Filaree/Stork's Bill/Crane's Bill (the flowers are barely visible)
|Filaree/Stork's Bill (showing the seed heads)
|Close up of the seed heads
Common names include pigweed, although that name is also applied to lambs quarters, which are also known as goosefoot! That's the problem with common names! Fortunately, both amaranth and lambs quarters are edible, although lambs quarters should be cooked because the waxy coating on the leaves tend to be indigestible if eaten raw.
Then, there's henbit:
Which has tiny purple flowers, too:
The shape of the henbit flowers reveal that they belong to the same family as mint, sage, rosemary, etc.
This is rocket:
Which has yellow flowers and seed pods that look a little like mustard:
|Rocket with flowers
And day flower, which is actually something I planted, but it also grows as a "weed" and it is edible:
If I didn't worry about the stray cats and their "fertilizing", I wouldn't hesitate to pick them and eat them (either raw or cooked). However, there is a clump of amaranth growing inside the enclosure where I had planted my green beans and okra (which, by the way, is a member of the mallow plant family!), last year, that the cats can't get into - I might pick them, once they are a little bit bigger!
|Amaranth in the enclosure
There is also some wild garlic, which grows in one area of my "lawn"
Does anyone else recognize any edible weeds growing in their gardens or along the roadsides?