Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Power of Weeds

These words might make you grumble at the thought of how weeds can take over our gardening lives.

I challenge you to take a step back and change your perspective towards these unwelcome guests. Rather they having power over you, how can you create power by their presence?

Photo courtesy of Tracey Clark

I enjoy weeding (there, I said it). Why? Because I feel powerful around them.

I earn the power of physical activity. It's a great way to add variety to your excercise routine (if you have one and if not, you just got a little sweat).

I am rewarded with the power of contemplation. Weeds give me the chance to slow down and think simple thoughts.

I am bonded with the power of connection. Weeding allows me to get closer to my plants, watch their progress, and simply helps me develop a better relationship to a wonderful landscape (that I created).

I am fulfilled with the power of accomplishment. Some days I feel like I've rushed through life and not achieved a single thing. With weeding you see (and feel) accomplishment withing minutes.

pom pom girl
Photo courtesy of Sandrine Estrade Boulet

Change your perspective and celebrate the power of weeds.


  1. Lisa, I love your perspective on the subject! I, on the other hand love weeds because I think they are beautiful and photo worthy (hence the photo). Life is all about perspective, isn't it? : )

  2. Hi Tracey-

    I agree! I LOVE your photo. Life is definitely about perspective. I'm learning that more and more. :)


  3. i love weeds and weeding for all the reasons you mentioned. they are often beautiful, too, and just being outside with those everyday plants is soothing. comfort food for the soul! i am so glad to discover your blog - it's beautiful.

  4. I don't like weeding, but I love drawing weeds. I admire them for their persistence, and their ways of making themselves hard to get rid of (like taproots that break on dandelions, or laying down flat and being happy to be walked on, like plantain).