Any weeds that you kind of like and let grow for a while?

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zxcvbob wrote:

A "volunteer" plant is merely a weed that is interesting.
I had a fig tree volunteer in my back yard. I tended it for several years, but it never had any fruit. I finally had it removed. Then I fought root suckers from it for about two years.
I found a palm seedling (Washingtonia filifera) in one of my flower beds. Although I really don't like palms in my landscape, I was curious as to how it might grow. I dug it up and put it in a flower pot. Several years later, it's still in its pot on my front walkway.
Once, when I was still trying to have a dichondra lawn in back, I had the lawn renovated. The soil amendment was contaminated with cinquefoil (Potentilla neumanniana). I now have cinquefoil in most of by back yard beds. It seems to cover the bare spots where nothing else will grow and looks nice year round. Now I'm trying to get it to grow in the parkway in front, planting cuttings from the back yard.
The number-one weed in my garden are the seedlings from my evergreen ash (Fraxinus uhdei). See my <http://www.rossde.com/garden/garden_back.html#tree . No, I will NOT let these grow for a while. A four-inch seedling can have a 10-inch tap root. The 10-foot sapling (about 1-1/2 inches in diameter) that I planted 30+ years ago now towers twice the height of my two-story house and has a trunk almost three feet in diameter (more than nine feet in circumference). Some of its surface roots are more than three inches in diameter; some have grown up under my sprinkler lines and cracked them. I love the shade of The Tree; but no, I certainly would not let these weeds (its babies) grow for a while.
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That is not true. Dill isn't a weed, nor are poppies, or larkspur, nigella, borage, I could go on and on. A volunteer plant self-seeds. It's up to the gardener to decide whether to keep it there, move it or toss it. It's only a weed if you don't want it at all.
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Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
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hollyhocks. they are toooo big for my yard but I love them. Ingrid
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snipped-for-privacy@wi.rr.xx.com expounded:

Yep, forgot about them, I was trying to come up with that list before I had my morning tea! :o)
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what is especially cool about them is not knowing what color they will be. I think I only have 3 squished into the side yard. Ingrid

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Another exception is the volunteer potato which some people treat as a blessing and others fear due to the possibility of blight deriving from the potato and spreading to other herbs. In agriculture volunteer potatoes are removed sometimes by hand pulling to reduce the threat of blight when other crops are rotated with the potatoes such as onions, carrots and sugar beats, for example. There are not too many volunteer potato pullers and suitable weeders and weeder tools are hard to find, unless you know where to look.
----- At peace with volunteer plants...and weeds...
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-- Blue Porterweed -- Red Porterweed -- Beautyberry
I not only let them "grow for a while" I now prune them into shape and have incorporated them into the garden --
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Gardening in San Jose, California (USDA Zone 9b, Sunset Zone 16).
I try to accommodate plants which:
1) I identify as being native to my area, 2) Produce something edible, or 3) Offer services to beneficial insects.
In category 1, my garden serves up Epilobium ciliatum every year. It's a small, unobtrusive, native annual.
In category 2, I have purslane (Portulaca oleracea). It covers every open spot in my vegetable garden area, as it enjoys high heat and moisture. I enjoy making stews and salads from purslane!
In category 3, I have sweet alyssum (species uncertain, but I think it's Lobularia maritima). Syrphid flies love this plant, and syrphid flies control many pest insects. Alyssum is an escaped ornamental plant. If I lived close to wild land, I might have to pull it out. But I'm pretty deep in the suburbs, so I let it stay.
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