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Burdock never takes a hint

One of the lesser favored plants we “inherited” with the property was burdock.  We spot it–along with other non-native invasives–all over when we amble about the neighborhood.  I took the image below on May 9, 2017 when I was starting to document what plants we had inherited along with the house.  Some I thought I knew, some I had no idea.  The caption is exactly what I labeled it then.

I had no idea back then the trouble before me...
Driveway Mystery Plant Or Weed

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Watering, snipping grass, neglected compost and old foe skeletons

I did manage to get some time outside yesterday to do more than a round of watering.  Compared to last year, I’m consistently using three “can fills” per water from the rain barrel so far, where last year we barely needed just the one.  Most of that is due to the kitchen garden related plants, as well as trying to encourage some perennials that didn’t overwinter very well.  We haven’t been able to pick up the new rain barrel we paid for, but will when schedules align.  We haven’t needed it yet, so I’m not agonizing over the lack of pickup,  if it matters.

Note the two flying insect "shadows" you can see near the one cluster of fruit growing. I didn't even realize they'd made the shot.
Some of our plants have names (we’re odd). Shoobie, our northern highbush blueberry, was two years old when introduced last year, and this year’s crop is looking good for a three year old.

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