Stinky Bob

Today I identified a weed I’ve pulled a few of in the low beds near the front door. It’s called Herb Robert, or Stinky Bob, and it really does have a strange odor when pulled. I hemmed and hawed about pulling it out last week since it looks like it could be a geranium variety — and it turns out it IS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geranium_robertianum.   Thankfully the roots are extremely shallow and it lifts right up. As I’ve only seen these in the front beds, I’m hoping it won’t be a frequent visitor, but I read that the northwest forests are in danger of being overrun by Stinky Bob.

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I’ll do my part to keep it out of these lovely plantings of crocuses, muscari, potentilla and more.

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