Foraging for Volunteers

The Automatic Garden is full of plants that multiply in one way or another. The offspring does not always land in a bed.  A Polka Dot plant came up in the cobble stones among leaves and Elm tree seedlings.

I love to forage around my yard looking for volunteers.  This Black-eyed Susan is growing happily between the patio and grass.

It is always amazing how little soil is needed for a plant to germinate. A Columbine and Hardy Gloxinia are growing on this moss rock.

The Oenothera grandiflora preferred to grow in the grass and managed to survive several mowings.

I find plants cannot resist germinating in cracks.  There are at least 3 different kinds plants started here.  Over the last few weeks, I have been popping them up and replanting them where they belong.


16 Comments on “Foraging for Volunteers”

  1. They are everywhere! 😉
    Mine love to move around and I generally let them. I don’t have the energy to move them all.

  2. Tina says:

    I have more than enough volunteers, but it is rather fun to find them. I’ve potted up a few for a native plant swap this next weekend, but it amounted to a teeny, tiny drop in the native plants bucket.

  3. shoreacres says:

    Not being a gardener, I’m always amazed that you can identify plants at such an early stage. I am learning to spot some, like lyre-leaf sage, but it’s still really hard. I suppose one of the great advantages of gardening is that you get the experience of watching the whole process, and become familiar with it from the start.

  4. pbmgarden says:

    It is amazing where plants 🌱 settle themselves.

  5. Amazing how life goes on unencumbered by us. I was just wondering what to do about the zillion Gallardias that came up, thin or leave them to duke it out

  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Waste not, want not! 🙂 I have Labrador violets that seem to love to germinate in the crack between the garage and driveway. It must be extra warm there in the sun.

  7. Chloris says:

    The great thing about these volunteers is the fact that you may get something new and different.

  8. tonytomeo says:

    It is all fun and games until someone gets hurt. You might want to look at this amusing example:
    https://tonytomeo.com/2017/11/15/epiphyte/


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