As I walked from the Warrane Community Garden I now noticed massive spreads of Capeweed (Arctotheca calendula) on the footpath verges along Heemskirk St. When I looked at front lawns, clearly they were all infested with this weed – lovely and green, but taking over so that the lawn grass wasn’t getting a chance.
I continued through the streets and now, everywhere I looked, this invasive weed was in all gardens one way or another, and always in the grassy verges next to where I walked.
Considering the volume of Capeweed plants in the neighbourhood, I considered that it must be growing in my lawn and/or garden and wondered why I hadn’t noticed it. As I walked along my street, all my neighbours had Capeweed plants. The further away from the Warrane Community Garden the fewer numbers of weeds, nevertheless they were everywhere. I made a mental note to encourage my direct neighbours to ensure they didn’t flower, and that if they did, then to cut/chop off the flower as quickly as possible.
At home I studied every nook and cranny in my garden and looked closely at my patch of lawn. Nothing. Not one Capeweed plant. How extraordinary. How fortunate. May it continue so!