A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.
A weed is but an unloved flower.
~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
But a weed is simply a plant that wants to grow where people want something else. In blaming nature, people mistake the culprit. Weeds are people's idea, not nature's.
What is a weed? I have heard it said that there are sixty definitions. For me, a weed is a plant out of place.
~Donald Culross Peattie
Crabgrass can grow on bowling balls in airless rooms, and there is no known way to kill it that does not involve nuclear weapons.
I always think of my sins when I weed. They grow apace in the same way and are harder still to get rid of.
~Helena Rutherfurd Ely, A Woman's Hardy Garden, 1903
But make no mistake: the weeds will win; nature bats last.
~Robert M. Pyle
Weeds are nature's graffiti.
They know, they just know where to grow, how to dupe you, and how to camouflage themselves among the perfectly respectable plants, they just know, and therefore, I've concluded weeds must have brains.
~Dianne Benson, Dirt, 1994
We can in fact only define a weed, mutatis mutandis, in terms of the well-known definition of dirt - as matter out of place. What we call a weed is in fact merely a plant growing where we do not want it.
~E.J. Salisbury, The Living Garden, 1935
I learn more about GodFrom weeds than from roses;Resilience springingThrough the smallest chink of hopeIn the absolute of concrete....
~Phillip Pulfrey, "Weeds," Perspectives, www.originals.net
First time I've picked weeds in almost a year. Definitely missed it. I love the smell of dirt and plant revealing their hidden nature.
~Jeb Dickerson, www.howtomatter.com
A man's children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season.
Criticizing another's garden doesn't keep the weeds out of your own.
Roses are red,Violets are blue;But they don't get aroundLike the dandelions do.
Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them.
One is tempted to say that the most human plants, after all, are the weeds.
~John Burroughs, Pepacton, 1881
May all your weeds be wildflowers.
Free WeedsU Pick 'Em
You must weed your mind as you would weed your garden.
Plant and your spouse plants with you; weed and you weed alone.
Many gardeners will agree that hand-weeding is not the terrible drudgery that it is often made out to be. Some people find in it a kind of soothing monotony. It leaves their minds free to develop the plot for their next novel or to perfect the brilliant repartee with which they should have encountered a relative's latest example of unreasonableness.
~Christopher Lloyd, The Well-Tempered Garden, 1973
A good garden may have some weeds.
When weeding, the best way to make sure you are removing a weed and not a valuable plant is to pull on it. If it comes out of the ground easily, it is a valuable plant.
Sweet flowers are slow and weeds make haste.
A man of words and not of deedsIs like a garden full of weedsAnd when the weeds begin to growIt's like a garden full of snow...
~John Fletcher, part of a nursery rhyme (Thanks, Paul!)
Weed 'em and reap.
Man is the only critter who feels the need to label things as flowers or weeds.
Don't water your weeds.
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Fortune of the Republic, 1878
He who hunts for flowers will finds flowers; and he who loves weeds will find weeds.
~Henry Ward Beecher
A man's nature runs either to herbs, or to weeds; therefore let him seasonably water the one, and destroy the other.
Even the richest soil, if left uncultivated will produce the rankest weeds.
~Leonardo da Vinci
Thanks to Michael Garofalo of The Spirit of Gardeningfor sharing some of these great quotes!