Kathleen Sayce ksayce@willapabay.org
Tue, 03 Mar 2009 17:32:05 PST
––But both gardens harbor the one I most dislike, popweed.
It's a Cardamine species, but I can't ascertain which one. I've  
already started
this year's round of weeding it out––

Roger mentioned this tiny weed. I have it too, a few hundred miles  
south of Victoria, BC, just north of the Columbia River. I finally  
keyed it out, if it's the same rosette of basal leaves and small  
spike of white mustard flowers, as Cardamine hirsuta, hairy  
bittercress, or locally, shot-in-the-eye, for the unerring aim of  
those thrown seeds when the pods pop open. Ruthless weeding is the  
only way to keep ahead of it, in gravel, or flower beds. The seeds  
are propelled several feet, always ensuring that if you are slow to  
pull the rosettes, and wait too long, until they are in ripe pods,  
that at least one will survive.

On Willapa Bay, just north of the Columbia River, where it snowed  
last week, and this week, snowdrops, early daffodils, crocus, and  
tulips are in flower

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