Tree-of-Heaven, with a distant plane flying over.
I believe this is Slender Copperleaf (Acalypha gracilens), which was attempting to blend into our mint patch in our back patio.
Burdock (Arctium genus) starting to bloom on an overgrown lot on Frankford Avenue, near the Philadelphia Brewing Company.
This weed’s uses have been very widespread over the years. For example:
- It’s used today in soft drinks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dandelion_and_burdock
- It allowed George de Mestral to invent Velcro: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Velcro
- It has been used to treat skin diseases and other ailments: http://www.herballegacy.com/Light_Medicinal.html
Crown vetch (Securiga varia) and White Clover (Trifolium repens) sharing a secluded spot behind the CVS Pharmacy on Aramingo Avenue, in Port Richmond.
Renegade Squash (Cucurbita genus) setting up shop at the edge of the Palmer Burial Grounds in Fishtown.
A Morning Glory hitches a ride on a patch of Mugwort in an abandoned lot, to hoist its bloom a little higher.
The alleyways of Kensington, Philadelphia have been enjoying the week of rain, allowing small forests to emerge.
This morning I was surprised to see what I believe to be the super-agressive Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica) taking a stand at the edge of Northern Liberties. It will certainly overpower the Mugwort around it. Though, with all the continued construction, its days may be numbered.