Cleome at the garden gate

You know the old saying that a weed is just a plant growing where it’s not wanted? That would, uh, make this lovely white Cleome hassleriana a weed, since it sprang up all on its own right at the opening in my back garden gate. And yes, that would be a sunflower volunteer coming up just behind it. So now I face what is, for me, living in an old house with even older sidewalks, a surprisingly common dilemma: Do I pull these lovely plants, or do I let them go, knowing their robust roots will rout the concrete in which they grow? In fact, that sunflower just might push the entire garage over; it’s in pretty shaky shape.

For now, we can still get out to the garbage cans and the alley. But not for long!


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