Portraits of Wildflowers

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Not of any use

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Wasp on Euphorbia marginata in Brushy Creek Lake Park. Click for more detail.

“They’re just weeds,” said the employee of the parks department when I stopped him and asked why the large colony of snow-on-the-mountain plants had been mowed down. “They’re no use to anything.”

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

August 29, 2011 at 6:01 AM

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  1. One person’s useless weed is another person’s useful ground cover.


    August 29, 2011 at 7:18 AM

    • The version I’m used to saying is: “One man’s weed is another man’s wildflower—and I’m that other man.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 29, 2011 at 7:30 AM

  2. You know what galls me about all this is the fact that Williamson County keeps touting itself as being native plant friendly. I know this is under the control of Cedar Park, but wouldn’t you think it is time that the cities and counties and state started talking to each other? Perhaps if they did, everyone could be singing from the same sheet of music.

    Agnes Plutino

    August 29, 2011 at 7:25 AM

    • I’m with you, Agnes. The same could be said of supposedly “progressive” Austin, where the mowing has been ferocious this year, the worst I’ve ever seen.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 29, 2011 at 7:32 AM

  3. Someone needs to enlighten them! 🙂
    Fabulous macro.


    August 29, 2011 at 7:33 AM

    • Several of us here are working on it, but people’s attitudes are entrenched. I’m pleased that you like the macro. This was one of many wasps, by the way, that were finding these “weeds” useful.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 29, 2011 at 8:03 AM

  4. How sad to have such limited vision of this beautiful planet.


    August 29, 2011 at 7:43 AM

  5. I’ve seen this plant cultivated at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, but didn’t realize that it was a Euphorbia native to parts of the US until I saw your recent posts. So thanks. Lovely wasp shot.


    August 29, 2011 at 8:04 AM

    • Thanks, Karen. According to the USDA map for this species, it has even been found growing wild in Suffolk County (I grew up in Nassau). I was surprised to learn how widespread it is, even making its way up into Ontario and Quebec. More friends to visit when we travel around.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 29, 2011 at 8:19 AM

  6. Lovely to see a foreign wasp! Sorry to hear about your drought and about the lack of respect for plants that are clearly surviving the conditions.


    August 29, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    • The wasps of America salute the wasps of England. Thanks for commiserating about the drought and the lack of respect for plants that are surviving it.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 29, 2011 at 11:45 AM

  7. The earth is overrun with ignorant people who find themselves in charge. sigh.


    August 29, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    • It’s a shame that some people don’t know better than to destroy the natural treasures they have.

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 29, 2011 at 11:50 AM

  8. I love weeds! I think they are so beautiful! My dad likes to do yard-work and thinks I’m crazy for letting my weeds grow so much and for so long without cutting the grass… The flowers just get so tall and beautiful! I’d rather have a natural looking backyard… like an open field or something:) Great post!

    Polly Hoyt Nance

    August 29, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    • Thanks, and good for you! Byron, referring to Italy in Canto IV of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, wrote:

      Even in thy desert, what is like to thee?
      Thy very weeds are beautiful….

      Steve Schwartzman

      August 29, 2011 at 11:57 AM

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