Thursday, August 29, 2013

I don't remember planting that!

Have you ever taken a moment to look at the plants in your garden and think about where they came from? Some plants come from friends, or family members. Some are family heirlooms passed down for generations. Others are purchased at garden centers and plant sales.
Then, there are the ones that just 'appear' in the garden one day, and re-seed themselves for years to come. I have many that arrived in my garden this way!
Take for instance this patch of 'Victoria Blue' Salvia.
I planted that this spring.
BUT, the red salvia growing behind must be a volunteer from previous years
A big culprit is spreading seed is my compost pile.
I have tomatoes growing in my new bed that I did not plant either!
There seems to be 2 varieties ... an heirloom with potato plant leaves and a Roma.
I have never grown either type in my gardens!
 Lady's Mantle seems to pop up all over the gardens too
This one is about to bloom!
 Poppy's are great self sowers too
Nicandra was only planted once, a long time ago.
 Rose Campion self sows freely
 The birds like to plant things too
 10 years ago I planted 1 Rudbeckia Triloba.
They are a native and I love their cheery little blooms. I don't mind that they dominate my late summer and fall gardens
What do YOU have in your garden you don't remember planting?

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