Gather ye weeds while ye may



Phytolacca and eupatorium, from the alley. Ten days in the vase and counting.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


  1. Cheap and easy and quite pretty.

    Speaking of pretty. Just a few hours ago I flew out of Regan National on my way back to Albany, NY. I have not seen the the fed buildings in yesra and was plased to see them from the plane window

    However the national lawn is still a disgrace……..huge brown patches from the sky view make it look like a several hundred acre infestation of grubs or cinch bugs.

    It is a disgrace how a once magnificent carpet of green graced the front of the capitaland presidential monuments now appears from the sky.

    I still think it should be a lawn not a vegetable garden.

    The TROLL

    The TROLL

  2. There’s a wild aster that comes up beside my air conditioner every year. In early fall it is covered in a profusion of tiny, pale blue flowers. It’s one of the prettiest things in my garden and I didn’t even plant it :)!

  3. When I still lived in Los Angeles, one spring day I saw some beautiful wild blue lupines in an empty lot. So I stopped the car, picked a huge bunch and put them in a vase with water at my husband’s apartment – before we got married. A day or two in the vase and the flowers promptly leapt off the stems, as if in mass lemming style suicide. Not only did they fall of, but practically leapt off the stem like the Acapulco cliff divers, leaping far away from their point of origins. We still use the lupins as a benchmark for flowers shedding themselves en masse far and wide.

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