Our New Old House

1918 Bungalow


Spring Growth at Our New Old House

How’s that for a family friendly title?

Spring is in full swing around here and I’ve got the photos to prove it!

I don’t have much time for gardening this summer, so in the places where there have been unsightly weeds growing, I just dug up the ground and sprinkled a bunch of random wildflower seeds. We moved into this house at the end of summer last year so we never got to see what kinds of things would come up in the springtime. Not really knowing what would come up, or if they even would, I’ve been gratified to find that there are actually some sprouts coming up! It’s nice to know that my touch does not automatically mean death to all plants, just indoor ones. (I can’t seem to keep houseplants alive!)

I’m trying to remember just what I planted where, so if you notice my identification of certain sprouts is off, please don’t mock me too harshly.

These two flower pots were left behind by the previous owner. They were growing some pretty serious weeds when we moved in last fall, so I just cleaned them out and planted marigolds and alyssum.


Some ferns came up in one of the front flower beds, and I like ferns, so I let them stay. They seem pretty happy there.


Anybody know what this tall, shooty thing growing in my back yard is? It’s probably a weed, but it just looked so different from all the other weeds that I thought it might be something important.


There’s a good chance that some of that undergrowth is poison ivy.  I haven’t been itching from walking through there yet, but lots of people in this neighborhood have mentioned having poison ivy sprouting up in their yards.  My mom got a horrible outbreak last year when she was clearing some dead grape vines and there was some poison ivy intertwined with them.

I’m blogging like a crazy person this week, so check back often for more photos!

[tags] yardwork, photos, weeds, ferns, marigold, flower pots, wild flowers, poison ivy[/tags]

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3 Responses to “Spring Growth at Our New Old House”

  1. May 27th, 2008 at 1:13 am

    Anonymous says:

    Been a lurker for awhile now. Hello! Just wanted to drop you a note that the “tall, shooty thing” looks like pokeberry, Phytolacca americana, coming up. Took me FOREVER to ID it when it was coming up in my first year at this house. By then, it was far too late…

    Most people consider it a weed though it does have medicinal and even culinary uses. It is generally poisonous and has a taproot like a *insert curse word here*. If you plan to get rid of it, you’ll have to dig very carefully and get ALL of that root because even a small bit left behind will get you another plant.

  2. May 27th, 2008 at 4:35 am

    Di says:

    Yep, that’s a weed. Also, your undergrowth doesn’t look like poison ivy to me. I have similar weeds that come up in my woods, but I don’t know what they are. Just to be sure, could you post a better picture? Better safe than sorry!

  3. May 27th, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Kelli says:

    Thanks for the comments, folks! Pokeberry, huh? It’s a gonner. I’m gonna mow it all down until I have time to actually dig the weeds up by the roots.

    Oh, and Di, the specific undergrowth I’m talking about isn’t in that picture. Sorry. I’ll see if I can find some actual poison ivy later on.

    Thanks for reading, everybody!

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