Bindweed is considered to be one of the most noxious weeds in the world because of its yield-robbing practices in crops such as wheat, potatoes and legumes (beans and peas). Spreading by seed and through a deep, extensive horizontal root system, bindweed seed can persist for many years in typical garden soil.
We had a fellow resident who lived in the apartment complex for many years, and she would go out to the hedge and pull the bindweed. Apparently it takes many years of persistently doing this before it leaves for good. Our resident left before it was gone, and when I see them returning to the hedge, I think of her.
|Beautiful lily (Stargazer?)
There is nothing weedy about this gorgeous flower. During the pandemic, I started a long walk on a regular basis to take the place of working out at the gym, and this is the second year I've watched this lily come into bloom. I think it's a version of the stargazer lily, since it points upward and has the most amazing fragrance, that even someone who is smell compromised (like me) can catch its strong fragrance. I've been watching it from the time it first emerged from the ground, until today when I see it's finally begun to bloom.
Right now the trails are inundated with plenty of flowers and weeds, and they continue to give me smiles and fill me with gratitude for living here, where most times the weather doesn't keep me away. Of course, I'm used to walking in rain, but we are in the dry season now, and my eyes keep filling up with beauty! I love living here.