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Weeds – In Defense of Nature’s Most Unloved Plants

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“Weeds are Flowers too, Once you get to know them” says Eeyore, Pooh’s Favorite Donkey.  A book with the title WEEDS came across my path recently.  The Byline in the book “In Defense of Nature’s Most Unloved Plants” caught my attention.  How could someone write a whole book about Weeds?  But the book is simply, delightful.

Weeds – A Book Review

Let me share the first paragraph, and where it goes from there:

PLANTS BECOME WEEDS when they obstruct our plans, or our tidy maps of the world.  If you have no such plans or maps, they can appear as innocents, without stigma or blame.  My own discovery of them was my first close encounter with plants, and they seemed to me like a kind of manna.

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Top 5 Reasons I adore this book:

  1. Richard Mabey, the book’s author is British, and you can feel his accent come out when you see and feel his mastery of the English language
  2. The book is sprinkled with Latin names of the various plants and flowers (weeds!) in the book, it doesn’t bowl you over, but it makes you feel as if you’re reading into a world that you just don’t know about, but, should!
  3. The author is not a believer, and has his heart set on deep evolutionary thoughts, BUT, he does a great job at noting the mentions of weeds in the Bible- and brings new life to THAT BOOK- Pastors could read this book for some new inspiration and insight!
  4. It’s challenged my assumptions about what I see on the ground when I walk over it.
  5. Reading WEEDS makes me feel smarter.

Top 5 things I’ve learned about Weeds from reading this book.

  1. In every major city across the world, you will find the exact same 5 most common weeds.
  2. Poison Ivy is THE Most Notorious weed in the WORLD (and I still have 87 lbs of it in my backyard)
  3. Weeds that started all over the world 100s of years ago are now SPREAD all over the world today
  4. Some weed seeds can lay dormant, from immediate sprouting to decades or centuries making it impossible to clear soil
  5. Weeds throughout history have had a variety of uses- and have been the ‘root’ of many desirable plants today.

I still have more of this book to read- and I think I am going to learn much much more

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