Sunday, August 21, 2011

Weeds: Life in the margins.

Weeds, we rarely notice them, except as an ugly reminder that our pristine lives are being invaded. That we are losing control over our front or back yards. I know I am guilty of often overlooking their beauty, cursing them to others and trying to get rid of them.

I am reminded that on their 2001 Lp ‘We love life’, Pulp had two songs called  ‘Weeds’ and ‘Weeds II (The origin of the species)’.  Singer Jarvis Cocker used the weeds as an analogy of us humans. Jarvis sang and spoke about us moving about into new areas, taking over, multiplying and displacing the native vegetation. He refers to 'smelly refugees' and I am left wondering if that is how we see refuges, as unwanted weeds spoiling our pristine gardens/land?

As Jarvis Cocker of Pulp said – ‘Bring your camera, take a photo of life on the margins’. As someone else said 'celebrate the beauty of diversity'.

Here is the beauty I noticed as I walked to a friends house for coffee late Friday afternoon: 




  1. great blog post!

    i stumbled upon a lawn full of pretty, yellow flowered,'sour grass', but because i knew they were considered weeds, it put a negative spin on the whole experience...

  2. what lovely photos. i have all of them in my garden atm. :)

  3. Thanks for the comments!
    Life is full of moments and if in one of those moments, we can appreciate beauty as it is, regardless of where it comes from or what it may mean.. how utterly wonderful!
    We may well think very differently in the next 'moment' and that is fine and normal. But at least we have had that moment of appreciation, wonder and joy. :-)