Weeds on a Milwaukee sidewalk

Gray morning in Milwaukee, but these weeds in the 1900 block of West Vliet caught my eye as I was driving past, so I had to stop and get out in the drizzling rain to take a picture. Maybe I should call them wildflowers instead of weeds, though, because they’re so pretty, as if someone had deliberately planted them. Except for the school sign and the public works markings spray painted on the sidewalk, doesn’t this scene kind of resemble a garden path you might see in a magazine?

P.S. – I was curious suddenly about where Vliet Street got its name. Here is an article from Urban Milwaukee with some background. Apparently Vliet came to town with Byron Kilbourn in Milwaukee’s early days. He was the person who surveyed Kilbourntown (the area west of the Milwaukee River) and therefore got to have one of the streets in this new town named after him.

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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3 Responses to Weeds on a Milwaukee sidewalk

  1. My nephew says that if it is growing where you want it to, it’s a flower. If it is growing where you don’t want it to, it’s a weed!! I love the wildflowers!

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    • They only looked good because they were wet and the light under the clouds was diffuse. I drove past there about 45 minutes ago, and in the bright early evening sunlight with everything dried out, it was all just ordinary weeds again!

      But speaking of plants that grow where you want them to grow, I’ve been reading so much lately about dandelion products and how good they are for your health that I’ve started thinking maybe I should start a dandelion farm! 😂


  2. Sally Cissna says:

    When we travel we are always looking at the wildflowers growing in the ditches, etc. But when we are here in Wisconsin, I’ve noticed that we are more likely to say, “Wow, that needs mowing.” Click.

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