Monday, April 12, 2010
But on a more mundane level is poison ivy. It is a lovely plant, especially when newly seeded in your 'edge of forest' garden. In fact, you might think it is a harmless weed as you are working hard to pull out the non-native invasive species. You know, the one that NEVER did you ANY HARM personally?
Yep, I've got a good case of poison ivy. It really is a lovely plant. In the spring the new leaves are such a light green with a delicate look, drooping a little in the heat of the day as if a bit shy of the bright sunshine. In the fall its leaves are golden and red -- seriously one of the more beautiful wild garden plants.
I have it on my arms and just a wee bit on my upper leg (the day I stupidly wore shorts). I didn't even SEE it there because it was so pretty. It just mixed so well with the invaders.
And I think that's my point. I'd rather keep the invaders who don't exude toxins than open up space for the noxious AMERICAN weeds to flourish.
While I consider my approach (long sleeves, long pants, and boots), I'll go get an Aveeno bath. Itch. Ouch.