...is a seed once sown that never dies."
Some plants just kind of grow wherever they please. I think I like them best. Now, I would argue that these lovely stalks of woolly mullein (there are more) certainly do add a pleasing element to an otherwise rather ordinary country lane.
Henry David Thoreau once wrote, "Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaws." So, as I see it, the woolly mullein is a bit of an outlaw, wanting "vigor and freedom of the forest." In that is part of its beauty, I think.
A gardener is a caretaker for sure. Many hours of these long days of summer are spent caring for the farm and gardens. But, it is something I enjoy doing, and often find myself thinking of my grandmothers who helped to work the land too.
I love the image of a woman who would strap a young child onto the back of a horse or a mule and then take up the lines made of leather, or the wooden handles of a plow, to work the fields.
And, no, I don't think it was a bad thing for the child either, for "A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust." (Gertrude Jekyll)