It’s a foggy, humid morning for glum thoughts, which puts us in mind of the now-blooming Vetch. Here we have two of these non-native plants, both of which are called Vetch, although they’re not in the same family. This one, which looks a little like what kings and queens sometimes wear, is Crown Vetch:


This one, which is eaten by cows, is Cow Vetch:


Their last name apparently is based on the Latin verb to twist or entwine (“vincere”), because that’s what they do to themselves and other plants. They’re certainly pretty, but if they get into your garden, we suspect that you’ll kvetch. (Brooklin, Maine)