Why Can’t Weeds be Flowers too? Actually They Can!

Dear Reader:

If you are a Lowcountry gardener… the most challenging time of the year has arrived. How to

keep the spring/ early summer plants alive! It ” ain’t” easy! Overwater and you get root rot, under water and you get fried Gerber daisies. Suddenly all the earlier blooming plants have black spindly stems-even a beautiful bloom at the end of the stem doesn’t make up for the ugly ” holders.”

But then comes the cavalry … the Lowcountry lantana! For years during the Victorian period lantana was considered an ornamental plant with its diversified clusters of varied colorful flowers. It especially helped that lantana was drought resistant.

Now, however, due to its

aggressive weed-like growth and toxic nature, it is classified as a weed. And I, for one, am so happy and appreciative for it!

It fills in gaps where earlier flowers have given up the ” ghost” with much beauty-the hotter and drier the better!

Over the years I have added more color combinations than the traditional yellow and what an asset they are in the dog days of August. Here are some samples from my garden.

Yesterday…while watering my side garden I happened to glance down and from out of nowhere a sprig of lantana was growing all by itself… one bloom…another garden mystery-soon it will spread and cover the side garden for some ground foliage! Perfect!

Today scientists consider being ” human” a folk category, not a scientific one, and science can’t settle the question of what kinds of beings are human for the same reason it can’t settle the question of what kinds of plants are weeds.

For me it’s all in the eyes of the beholder.. as seen through our Creator-it is true …”Everyone and Everything is beautiful in their own way.”

So until tomorrow…

” Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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2 Responses to Why Can’t Weeds be Flowers too? Actually They Can!

  1. Rachel Edwards says:

    My Mother loved Queen Anne’s lace and several yrs before she passed…we went to a nursery to buy some and she was appalled when they told us that it was a weed therefore they didn’t sell it…


    • Becky Dingle says:

      I love it too…there is no more beautiful addition to a bouquet…and just because it is “free” doesn’t diminish its beauty…in fact it increases it. A God-given bouquet of nature.


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