Neglected, And I’m Glad

As everyone knows, this hasn’t been a good year for gardening and has been to hot for most outdoor activities. Now I’m glad my gardens were neglectged. I just came in from taking pictures in my moon garden. Poke grows commonly where I usually pulled or cut it out.

I’m glad now it grows where it does.

Several poke plants grow among 2 butterfly bushes, all making a tangle taller than I am. The great spangled fritillary caught my attention. Butterflies aren’t a daily treat this summer. Then I noticed all the poke and immediately thought about the berry-eating birds. At least they’ll find meals here too.

I hope the butterfly bush continues to bloom. The poke should continue producing berries.

The berries are in varying stages of development, which will stretch out the meals.

All pollinated and ready to grow.

Won’t be long before these start ripening.

“Dinner” is served.


4 responses to this post.

  1. These pictures sure show how striking pokeweed can be in all its stages. Here in my little spot of the world in PA, a particularly thick stand of it has turned pink in the top leaves. Maybe a combination of hot and dry weather?


    • We’ve had 3 rains that greened the yard enough to mow. A few plants look happier and a few even bloom. 98 is expected today and we may even cool off into low 80’s by this weekend. It would be nice for everything! We are still more than 12 inches behind in rainfall.


  2. Posted by Therese on August 8, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    What title! That title really makes one curious.
    Brought back a sweet memory of my Dad and I. He took me fishing quite a bit when I was a child. On this particular day, we thought we had found a “mess of poke”. My Mom loved to eat poke. We picked a large sack intending to surprise Mom. Turns out…we picked a bunch of weeds…Mom got a good chuckle out of it!


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