A photograph of a pavement, onto which someone has chalked name labels for the weeds growing between paving slabs, has gone viral on Facebook. A ‘weed’ may be a native plant that has value. It can be admired for its resilience, its beauty and its usefulness as part of our living environment too – something to think about while many of us have the time to notice.
But what makes a plant a ‘weed’? Native plants grow well in local conditions and nature fills bare patches with life, so why do we fight it? In a way, gardening is about control – imposing your vision on a piece of land … so should we simply alter our vision a little, to accommodate nature?