The Humble Pokeberry

The garden has been very productive this summer and so have the weeds. We have a giant weed growing between the potager and the Cottage.

We have lots of berry weeds on the property but this one is a monster.
We have lots of berry weeds on the property but this one is a monster.

It is a pokeberry bush.

The original copy of the Declaration of Independence is written in fermented pokeberry ink which has faded.
The original copy of the Declaration of Independence is written in fermented pokeberry ink which has faded.

Once upon a time historic documents were written with pokeberry ink made from the poisonous berries.  Pokeberry ink is fades over time so some documents have actually been lost.

The berries look good but are not edible.
The berries look good but are not edible.

The entire plant is poison to eat. Since it is not poison to touch Charlie hacked it down.

The bush is twice as tall and Charlie.
The bush is twice as tall and Charlie.

With this bush cut down the area under the trees is becoming a neater spot.

The now-wizened pokeberry bush is in the foreground.
The now-wizened pokeberry bush is in the foreground.

I hope it’s the start of a trend.

Are your weeds under control?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

11 thoughts on “The Humble Pokeberry”

      1. That will take care of it as long as you plant something before next summer takes hold. Our excavated area is all weedy except where we planted grass. Jo

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