I knew that the knotweed flow was imminent so have been watching vacant lots for signs of something blooming. Today, as we were driving Reggie to the groomers I suddenly blurted out, "That's it. That's it!" "What are you talking about?" my husband asked. I think I startled him. I explained I had been hunting for knotweed and I believed this was it. I began to see it everywhere. There seemed to be 2 varieties. One that was less attractive and seemed to be just about finished blooming and another that was more pleasing to look at and was in full bloom now. I had him pull over so I could break off a piece for closer inspection. He pulled up next to one of the less beautiful bushes. Here is the sprig from that.
Once I got a close look at it I thought, "Hmmmmm...this looks a lot like that bush that grows in front of the sourwood tree." It has always reminded me of bamboo with it's hollow, woody stalks. Once we got back to the house I crossed the alley to the shop and, I'll be damned, there it was. The most gorgeous example of a Japanese knotweed bush that I've seen.
Here's a close-up of a branch.
And an even closer photo of the flowers in full bloom.
There it was, all along, right under the sourwood tree.
I find it incredibly ironic that I have had these 2 plants, both of which are adored by bees, right here on my property for the past 13 years. I never in a million years would've guessed I'd end up as a beekeeper but apparently it was meant to be. BTW, the knotweed honey flow is on....right now! LOL!