A Good Place to Land

I’ve had a pot with a Four O’Clock sitting next to a bed from last Fall until now.  Quite a variety of seeds found the pot to be a good place to land and germinate.

The pot contains the Four O’CLock, a couple of weeds and five kinds of plants that can be transplanted.  There is a Salvia,  two Jewel of Opar, Hardy Gloxinia, Moses and Wild Trailing Bean. Could gardening be any easier?

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.

The Plant Hunter

The plant hunter would be me.  There is nothing I like more than free reseeding plants.  I find that most seeds prefer to germinate where they land and do better than when I plant them.  A Chocolate Plant (Pseuderanthemun alata) is happily growing in the Moses (Tradescantia spathacea) pot.

A Polka Dot seedling is hiding in the Rex Begonia.

The Clematis pot is an especially popular area for seeds to drop into.  There are a couple of Bartram’s Evening Primrose, a Polka Dot plant, a Jewel of Opar and a Wandering Jew vine.

Moss is host to Hardy Gloxinia seedlings.  There is a proper flower bed right there, but the moss seems to be the place to germinate.

My favorite place to plant hunt is cracks.  Somehow that small space with hardly any soil is a fruitful place to find many different plants.

End of Spring


Little Gem Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)


Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus africanus)


Varigated Shell Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet)


Bishop’s Flower (Ammi majus)


Hardy Gloxinia (Sinningia sellovi)


The Automatic Garden strives to have something in bloom all year around.  Here are a few of the End of Spring bloomers.  A big bee is heading for a treat in the Little Gem Magnolia.  This tree is fabulous for the typical urban yard.  It is quite compact and yet the wonderful scent of the blooms can still be enjoyed.  Agapanthus is considered a “landscaper” plant here on the Gulf Coast. The reason being that it grows so well, that every house has one.  Agapanthus makes it through every winter and is a reliable bloomer. The Shell Ginger can also fall in that same “landscaper” category.  It is totally care free, except for  removing dead stems.  Bishop’s Flower is an annual that adds an airy feel to the garden.  It can grow up to 4 feet tall if not crowded and reminds one of a giant Queen Anne’s Lace.  Hardy Gloxinia is such a simple, but pretty plant.  It gracefully sends out stems with little pink flowers.  The leaves have a bumpy texture that is fun to pet.  It will start easily from cuttings and grows well in a pot or  a garden bed.