My attention always turns to weeds at this time of year when the annual weed seeds begin to germinate. I manage to keep on top of them during the summer but by the time autumn rolls around, I am getting tired and let them go until springtime - before they go to seed. What is really bothering me this year is not so much the ordinary nuisance weeds that show up routinely every year but with the invasive weeds that have been moving into this area since it was first opened to development. Maybe I'm being foolish but I believe my area harboured very few non-native plants even as recently as 50 years ago. It was quite isolated in a region with a very low population so I'm confident that most of the Garry Oak habitat plants including trees, shrubs, perennials (especially bulbs) dominated the landscape. It would have been very interesting to document what was growing here then with what is growing here now. Even in the 15 years my husband and I have lived here, the increase in variety and numbers of non-native - especially invasive - plants is positively shocking. When we arrived, I easily eliminated verbascum, tansy, St. John's Wort plus a variety of introduced grasses. Recently, however, terrible thugs have been moving in - Daphne laureola, blackberry, Euphorbia esula, several thistles and mustards. It's funny in a way that while most neighbours recognize that _ _ _ _ _ _ Broom is a big problem and pull it out, they don't seem to realize that some of these other newcomers are equally problematic. (Everyone loves Spurge Laurel.) So, little effort is being made to control their proliferation. I'd be interested to hear about the experiences of others on this Forum dealing with weeds generally and new invasives in particular.