Shattered glass makes a little pool in a field of Crown Vetch, Curly Dock, and many other species on Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia.
We’re firmly in the second-most exciting time of the year for urban weeds: proper spring. It is the time of year when you’re expected to place bets on which areas will thrive, which will burn out too quickly, which will get greedy and result in mowing, and which plants will successfully reclaim spaces for the long haul.
This particular lot, while looking great at the moment, is in danger of getting too greedy early on in the season. All of the stalks of Curly Dock are almost chest-high and it’s the beginning of May. I fear their highly visible spot next to an Irish bar on Frankford Avenue will result in a mow in a few weeks, sadly.
As a footnote, the most exciting time of year for urban weeds is very late summer, where you can see the progress made during the growing season, and admire the most aggressive of plants at their prime, just before things hunker down for fall.