|Purple flowering weed, white blooming wildflowers, and a white buttefly bush.|
What is the difference between a flowering weed and a blooming wildflower?
Take a close look at the pictures. My daughter Ashley was ten or eleven when she first saw the purple "flowers" that are blooming at the corner of my storage building. Ashley didn't see a weed, all she saw were the pretty purple blooms. In fact, she transplanted the flowers into her flowerbed and tended them with the same care that I lavish on my butterfly bush.
I was ten or eleven when my mom taught me that the yellow centered, white blooms of this apparent "weed" in the center picture is a wildflower. These miniature, daisy-like blooms captured my heart. I let them grow in the fence rows and field that belong with our home.
The average person calls both types of plants, weeds. The baby plants usually get sprayed with weed killer, or pulled up before they are more than a few inches tall. When allowed to achieve maturity, you get tall, multi-branched, leggy plants (48" high) with unattractive leaves. The weedy plants stay that way for four to eight weeks. Slowly buds start to develop singly, or in clusters, on the tips of each branchlet. Finally, in mid July, you awake one morning to brilliant purple blooms and clusters of blossoms that look like miniature daisies. Another strike against the weed and the wildflower - no sweet scent is to be found. Only a slightly musty, weedy, nose tickling smell that makes you sneeze.
I think I've established that the difference between a flowering weed and a blooming wildflower is based upon how you look at them.
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things...
1 Corinthians 1:27-28 NIV