8/21/2015

oh, my head!

We had a HUGE tree/bush removed from the garden two summers ago and it left a round patch of dirt where grass didn't grow. I thought I'd used that patch as a flower garden since I couldn't see us reseeding it with grass. 

Now, in my organized head, nothing had grown there for years, so I expected that only what I planted there would grow and I'd have wonderful colors all spring and summer. That worked out pretty much like I though last summer and I was happy with my first-ever starting-from-scratch flower garden.

I mentally made note of the first seeds I put out. Some grew well, some didn't. That's ok, You live and learn. All autumn and winter, I gathered up seeds and plans to make it a better garden this year. 

Imagine my surprise and confusion when, on the first warmish spring day, I found stuff that I hadn't planted growing up ALL OVER my garden!!


There's a LOT of this stuff that reminds me of parsley. Now that I think about it, it might just be cow parsley, but we will have to wait and see.

And there's this one that could be parsley's cousin.

I truly don't remember planting anything this close to the lupins!


And this large-leaf plant has popped up in several places.

When I saw 5 or 6 of these little guys that look just like the leaves on a penstemon we moved from another part of the yard to the garden, it finally dawned on me that many of these green things could have been a garden from years gone by!! (Sometimes, it takes me a while, but I eventually get there.)

So, the plan for this year is to let things go until they bloom and only pull what I know are not wanted.
It ought to be an interesting year for the garden.

22 comments:

Amy Franks said...

I can't wait to see the final result :-)

Hetty said...

I recougnise Some of the seedlings. They will flower soon and look beautiful! Some will flower orange or cream others purple. Gardening is always an adventure! Groetjes, Hetty

Janneke said...

Your garden will be one big surprise this summer. Second picture of above I think is Eschscholzia californice (Californian poppies). We have seen places in New Zealand where they grew as weeds, it was on the South Island I think Otago.

Gosia k said...

good luck with your garden

amo sin blogg said...

It will be an exiting garden next year :)

Have a nice weekend.

Rhonda Albom said...

How cool that all these unexpected surprises popped up in the garden. Keep us posted with photos as summer arrives.

Purfylle said...

My yard keeps producing lettuce. I planted them once almost a decade ago and they keep showing up. I much prefer them to the weeds. I hope you get some great plants.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I think I recognize California Poppies and foxgloves - which probably won't bloom until next year - they bloom on the second year and are wonderful. They grow wild here all along the highways and hillsides. Enjoy your adventure.

Natasha Hill said...

Looks like the garden is going really well so far! My Mum and I just planted some new flowers out the front of our garden but with Autumn coming soon now they'll probably fade a bit until next Spring comes around now. My Mum really wants to get a little vegetable patch going in our back garden too, hopefully next Summer! - Tasha

Pippa Koenig said...

garden, green, green garden!
P.

Lydia C. Lee said...

I used compost for awhile and then tomatoes started growing everywhere....I've no green thumb, so to me stuff just appears...so this all seems pretty normal to me! Ha!

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Nice idea. I hope there will be many flowers in your garden in a future. Thanks for sharing.

Amy Johnson said...

Such a cute post! Your large leaf plant is a foxglove. It will bloom for you next spring.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

That parsley looking weed is very invasive here in Texas. We pull it out, only for it to return again and again.

I like the idea of having a circular flower garden. Good luck.

The Artful Diva said...

It's nice to find pleasant surprises in the garden and NOT weeds!

Linda said...

My garden has more volunteer plants than intentional ones. Good luck!

Anni said...

Thank you for a good laugh! I know exactly what it's like when you look at a plant and have no idea if will be a lovely flower or a terrifying weed. I hope you will see a beautiful border when everything blooms!

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

That is strange nothing is growing there. Maybe to many roots underneath or the soil. You can take a sample soil to your gardening soil and they can test it to see if there are enough minerals in the soil.

Nova said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and your comment.

Sometimes it can be very exciting to see what`s growing. I love more wild gardens and for the fauna.

Islandgreetings to you

N☼va

Luis Das said...

Ein schöner "Überraschungsgarten" ist das geworden !!!
Willkommen auf meinem Blog und schöne Grüße,
Luis

Norma Ruttan said...

I've had surprises some years too. As long as they aren't weeds that have burrs, I'm willing to accept them.

Diana Studer said...

hmmm I also have various things coming up from the previous gardeners.
Like you I'll wait for flowers - then I know what I don't want.