Close Is Not Close Enough

My philosophy in the Automatic Garden is to get plants to reproduce on their own either by seed or roots.  I have been trying to get Bartram’s Oenothera grandiflora Evening Primrose to naturalize for years.   I have been sowing the seeds in four different locations hoping for some success.

The Evening Primrose has finally started some plants by seed. Instead of doing it in the perfectly fine garden bed, all the seeds germinated in the grass close to the bed.  I was glad I spotted the plants before the mower got to them.  They have been transplanted, but the Evening Primroses would have a better chance if they did not have to be moved.



17 Comments on “Close Is Not Close Enough”

  1. I bet you are thrilled that they have reseeded. It seems like they always reseed in the strangest of places. I guess they have a mind of their own, just like we do.

  2. Did you explain this to them as you transplanted them? And did they respond, “Hey, Lady, just don’t mow here?

  3. shoreacres says:

    I spotted one beach evening primrose this weekend, and a lot of some sort of yellow primrose in the Galveston cemeteries. I think all of the yellow are beautiful, and I’ll even confess to liking them as much — and maybe more — than our pink evening primrose.

    • I have found out that there are many different kinds of primrose. The one I’m growing is from Alabama and ended up in Philly, it had disappeared in the wild, but was rediscovered not too long ago. The yellows do look a lot alike, but I guess the experts know the difference.

  4. Deb says:

    I’ve noticed that my primroses like to reseed themselves in the yard. I wonder if there’s something to the seed being tuck in under the grass.. maybe it stays more moist there….

  5. Yay!! my Gallardias grow perfectly in the walkway.

  6. tonytomeo says:

    Their seed likely landed there before social distancing became so important.

  7. pbmgarden says:

    Nice rescue. The Evening Primrose are beautiful. Take care.

  8. Some plants just won’t listen!

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