The Ingenuity of Mother Nature

CosmosCosmos

Walking around the yard this afternoon, I realized there are a number of plants growing that I didn’t plant. Just added blessings or gifts of nature, if you will. The cosmos all self-seeded from plants that my daughter gave us last year. My favorite is the dark pink orange hat grew up in the crack between two sandstones. You can see its bare roots, but it is growing tall, nonetheless.

Morning glories

Morning glories

The morning glories reseed themselves prolifically every year and have done so since I first moved into this house. Several times I have tried to transplant the seedlings when they emerge in the spring. They never take off. Apparently, morning glories decide where they are happy.

Cosmos

Cosmos

This cosmos is also reseeded from plants my daughter gave me last year. This particular one is five feet tall!

Cleome

Cleome

I last planted cleomes at least five years ago. They sprout up in various beds around the patio. One year I weeded most of them out because they were taking over my rose bed. We still have some come up each year. It is always interesting to see where they will emerge. It’s usually in a good spot. Sometimes I move them to a more convenient location.

Moon flower

Moon flower

The moon flowers have been reseeding themselves for many years. Only one or two plants make it to maturity each year, but still that is enough to keep them going.

These types of plants provide a little mystery and their own creativity to the garden landscape.

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