when God told adam the ground was cursed to bring forth thorns and thistles i often wonder if this little plant was one of those thorns/thistles.
when i work the county extension office hotline about this time every year, i invariably get at least one call from a home owner wanting to know what all the green stuff is with little purple flowers invading the lawn.
i used to like those little purple flowers. as a child, i gathered bouquets of them by the fistful regarding them as the loveliest of wildflowers.
but this is not a wildflower.
this ladies and gentlemen, this….is henbit.
i’m told it is called so because the hens love it for breakfast. at the moment however, i have no hens to eat it so removing it is my responsibility.
it prefers cooler weather so it is always the first to appear in masses in the spring, making a second unwanted appearance again in the fall. because it grows before it is usually too warm for round-up it can be difficult to control, especially if one doesn’t treat one’s lawn with a pre-emergent herbicide.
the only way to get rid of it really, is to pull it out by hand.
honestly, i don’t mind so much. i spent a lovely afternoon one recent sunday working hard to get one vegetable bed looking like this:
to looking like this.
it was unseasonably warm, the soil was moist, making for easy pulling and i love the smell of it as it is just starting to warm up.
in the end i had a wonderful pile ready for the compost bin.
and the chicken wire around the beds? that keeps this one out:
he, unfortunately loves beet greens and tomatoes.
if only he would acquire a taste for henbit.