It's April now and I took a few minutes to tour the lawn around my house looking for growing things I can identify and create a kind of seasonal record for myself to look over in future years, anticipate the next coming season.
Potentilla or Ciniquefoil- Pretends to be like the cultivated or wild strawberries, having similarly shaped flowers, but it will flower yellow while the cultivated ones flower white. These leaves are supposedly okay in small amounts, like a little mixed into a tea blend, but not really a food source. High in tannins which are supposed to be good for you but are strong (in a tea, will make your mouth pucker with the sour flavor). (notice the plantain leaves around it!)
Violet- young violet leaves popping up in there little groupings! Leaves are good for tea and soup, and the flowers are edible. NOT THE ROOTS.
Mint! We used to garden this, now we weed wack it when it escapes the perimeters. Really resilient and sends out runners everywhere. Makes the best weed ever! We use a lot of mint.
Clover. Edible! A common look alike is Oxalis or wood sorrel, which are also tri-leaved shapes, but the look-a-likes are more heart shaped. Wood Sorrel is also edible. I've been nibbling it since I was a kid. It may be the first edible weed I've known. Notice the unknown weed with the hairy tiny leaves is popping up in the clover too.
??? This is NOT edible. I looked it up once but I've forgotten what it's called. It has an orange resinous root. The chickens go nuts eating this stuff, but it's NOT for people, as far as I can tell. It has some medicinal uses, like removing warts with it's toxic resin.
Moss. I liked how it looked.
Another mossy close up!
How are your weeds growing?