Summer seems never ending here in Texas. The Zinnias continue to thrive while other flowers withered away weeks ago, bowing to the sun’s oppressive rays. These days I find myself earnestly checking the forecast hoping for rain and respite for my plants.
I ventured to the plot this morning and found myself wandering among neighboring plots that were abandoned long ago, lying dormant as my fellow gardeners patiently await cooler months ahead. I was pleasantly surprised to find a host of beautifully preserved flowers naturally baked to perfection along with sturdy weeds of varying textures and bright colors. Weeds are so underrated but many I’ve discovered hold up well in arrangements and add an unexpected element to floral designs.
In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.”