It’s road ditch mowing day some places in Minnehaha County.
Farmers east of the Missouri River can do this specific task only after July 10 in order to protect nesting pheasants. But transportation workers can mow earlier right along the roadside and were taking one swath along a few roads in the county this morning, knocking down the high grasses that prevent motorists from safely seeing at intersections. They’re also allowed to mow in cases of noxious weeds.
That brings me to my real question. When is a flower a weed?
One of the best parts about living on a township road is the variety of plants in the ditches. My favorite ones are the wild roses decorating our roadside with pink petals this time of year. I’m sure those are actually flowers.
But there are questionable plants too, such as the bushy plants with yellow flowers that look like wild mustard. There’s dame’s rockets and some other tight purple blooming thing that most likely is a weed. Later this summer Queen Anne’s lace, along with a few other blooms, will make a showy display up and down our road. I usually stop and take a photo or two. One year, my oldest son took his 4-H photography pictures in our ditches.
I’ve always wondered about this plant. It looks like both a flower and a weed to me. Can you help me name it? It’s yellow. Send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or answer my post on Facebook or Twitter.