Author Archives: Jennie Cooper

Weeds: A Photographic Journey Through Our Yard and Gardens

The ground was so softened by rain this week that we happily spent the morning weeding out the monsters which have overtaken our gardens. We have this prolific variety that prefers to grow in the compost from the barn; they are thorny, but shallow rooted, and they come out easily. We have several varieties of Queen Anne’s Lace, which is supposed to be poisonous to the livestock, and lots of chickory, which has extremely deep roots. Chickory can be roasted and ground and brewed as a coffee substitute. Just in case you ever get desperate. (Chickory is the one with the purple flowers!) We have lots more weed varieties, but these are the prettiest. 🙂

bugs on queen annes lace 1
chickory 1 morning glory queen anne's lace 1 red weed thing 1 white and green 1

The funny thing about weeds is, if they were growing anyplace else besides the garden, we’d call them wildflowers!


IMG_7550 IMG_7564 IMG_7565 IMG_7567Oh, it’s not a lot of snow, but it was just enough for the children to play in this morning, and that’s what counts.  🙂

It was so beautiful to step out into the darkness this morning, the thin sheen of ice over everything glittering in my flashlight beam.  The sun rose in a frozen sky, shades of frosty pink, blue and gray.

It’s afternoon as I write this, and the temperature is fast rising to 40°, and what little snow we had is nearly gone, but it was delightful while it lasted.