Tending Weeds - Sweet Annie
The definition of a weed:
A plant considered undesirable, unattractive, or troublesome, especially one that grows where it is
So, by definition, I've apparently been cultivating undesirable plants. Troublesome plants. Plants nobody wants. A couple of weeks ago, I was weeding a small area behind the pool filter that had become somewhat overgrown. As I yanked and pulled, I recognized a familiar fragrance. "Sweet Annie" - I'd been pulling out a patch of "Sweet Annie"! So I quickly dug a couple of holes in the back of my so-called vegetable patch, and dropped in a couple of handfuls of roots and stem. Last fall I bought some branches of "Sweet Annie", or Artimisia annua from a vendor at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, New York. I'd previously planted some seeds but never identified any seedlings. Anyway, I formed my "Annie" into a wreath with green florists' wire and added some dried Hydrangea blossoms to complete the piece. I know "Annie" grows by the side of the road but I never found any I could cut without getting run over. Hopefully now, I'll have my own little crop of this fragrant herb. "Sweet Annie", according to Mother Earth News, is originally a native to Southeastern Europe, North Africa and Iran. It's known as "the Tomboy" of everlasting gardens due to it's plain and gawky appearance. It's a favorite of crafters for its versatility and sweet, lingering fragrance and been used medicinally since the 7th century as well. "Sweet Annie" will only become troublesome to me if I can't keep up with the harvesting.