Never Met a Volunteer I Didn’t Like


What is it with plants growing in cracks and in between rocks?  Balsam Impatiens seeds made it down the garden path and planted themselves in the rocks.  There is hardly any soil and nothing to retain moisture, and yet they are some of the more robust of the Balsams in the garden.


How this Pink Flamingo Feather Celosia landed here is a mystery as the other ones are far away and have been struggling to survive.  It may have had help from a bird.  The plant might be more successful with reproduction in this spot.


In the middle of the Pentas, this Cockscomb Celosia came up.  The Pentas were purchased new this year and I believe the Celosia was mixed in at the greenhouse.

I find the habits of plants to be fascinating and their ability to reproduce and even move to new locations amazing.  All volunteers are welcome…even if they don’t match the other flowers in the bed!

15 Comments on “Never Met a Volunteer I Didn’t Like”

  1. Tina says:

    One really appreciates when the garden helps itself. Saves on the human back!

  2. Photos are beautiful, so clear – are you using a good camera? I have been getting big Light Pink Pentas as volunteers, possibly the last thing in the world I would plant, but I appreciate them.

  3. mattb325 says:

    I do like that white balsam. It is lovely. I have the California poppies and aqueligias volunteering themselves at the moment, and I couldn’t be happier. Saves sowing and transplanting!

  4. Chloris says:

    It is amazing how plants find odd cracks to seed into but the same plants can be quite finickity about nice rich, well prepared soil.

  5. Ann Coleman says:

    We had volunteer impatiens one year. Until then, I didn’t know impatiens could do that!

  6. Sheryl says:

    A friend likes to talk about garden micro-climates. She says that plants gradually move over the years from one part of a garden to another as they shift to the place best suited for each variety.

  7. Leaving wild (or even just a little wilder) spots in the garden opens it up to all kinds of possibilities! We have quite a number of herbs that reseeded around the yard this year. I’m careful where/how I plant the runner kind of herb but I didn’t realize how easily the rest would scatter. Seeds or birds or both? Not sure but not complaining either! Enjoy your “finds”!

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