In the Automatic Garden the plants are allowed to reseed for the next season. William Bartram’s Evening Primrose (Oenothera grandiflora) prolifically reseeded this year and the plants need to be thinned, transplanted and shared. It is important not to disturb the soil once plants have dropped their seeds.
The Swamp Sunflower has reseeded outside the wire fencing, but enough are in the bed so these can be removed.
Rocks are a favorite germination site for seeds. These Salvias will be returned to their bed.
Some plants seem to be able to reseed in just the right places as these Johnny- Jump-Ups did. Allowing plants to reseed on their own is an easy way to have a continuous supple of annuals for the garden. A few are pictured here, but the Automatic Garden reseeds zinnias, mealy blue sage, black-eyed Susans, wishbone plants, blanket flowers, ornamental peppers, dancing lady gingers, columbine, and cleome just to name a few.
There is nothing more wonderful than garden surprises. This was blooming in a patch of Walking Iris. It has never bloomed before and where it came from is a mystery.
With more buds, it will be blooming for days to come.
An early spring bloomer. It has a scent and the bees love it.
This plant has a sprawling habit, but is a reliable bloomer even after a freeze. Unfortunately, its name has been lost. Any help identifying these two would be appreciated.
Cedar Waxwings also visited the Automatic Garden today. They took time out from eating red berries for something tasty on this Bradford Pear.
This Kalnachoe was purchased in a grocery store two years ago. It came with an expiration date and has survived long after its time. The plant became leggy, so it was trimmed and cuttings were stuck in a pot. Now it is more beautiful than before.
Another garden surprise showed up. These Johnny Jump-Ups reseeded themselves. In the Automatic Garden the soil is rarely disturbed and it allows plants to self-sow.