Both the nurse and doctor noticed the Landscaping title and asked me what landscaping I was doing. Each of them was interested but had different reactions when I started to describe my recent activities. "Native plants - those are weeds, right?" asked the nurse. I laughed because that is probably a widespread misperception about native plants. After a very brief discussion, she went on to describe some of the headaches she has with her landscaping. She told me about a "weed" she is currently fighting. I hadn't heard of "buckweed" before so she drew a picture. Armed with both the description and picture, I'm sad to report I can't find anything that comes close to matching. Can anybody help me here? The doctor on the other hand asked me whether our native plants were any harder to establish with the climate change underway. I told her I hadn't heard or experienced that so far. But the invasives seem to be getting worse. She was aware of invasive species, more so of foreign invasive insects (e.g. Emerald Ash Borer) that have plagued our plant populations.
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