Chickweed? Why, that's good for birds! Almost everyone will tell you that, the wide world over. Almost everyone who owns a pet canary has fed it sprigs of the buds and flowers of the Chickweed. It is one of the very commonest of our dooryard neighbours. Tiny and insignificant to be sure, but this Speedwell is always at home, twelve months of the year. Its slender, leafy, branching stem spreads over the ground in tufts. It is green and smooth, excepting a line of very fine hairs along one side. The small, oval, pointed leaves have a smooth surface and an entire margin. They grow in pairs and the lower ones are short stemmed. Five very deeply notched white petals appear at first sight to be a double quantity of very narrow ones. The five parts of the green calyx are much larger and extend considerably beyond the petals. The stamens are very fine but noticeable. The Chickweed's flowers do not open fully on cloudy days. It is found almost everywhere throughout the northern hemisphere in meadows, and woods, and waste places generally.