Sunday, August 26, 2007

unexpected guests

I haven't planted a garden in years. There are a few flowers in pots, and I have put in quite a few hens and chicks. Every time my thoughtful neighbor trims hers, she asks me if I want the trimmings. But this spring I put in a few cosmos and zinnias in my little retained area. As I was planting the flower plants, I noticed that there was a pile of black sunflower seed from the hanging birdfeeder, where I was digging. I think I picked some of them up, but for the most part just ignored them.

No one will admit to spilling them there about 12 feet from where the feeder hangs... Mysterious... What is not so mysterious is that they sprouted into sunflower plants. I'm not sure what I thought. That because they weren't officially invited, they wouldn't actually show up? The thought of planting seeds stresses me out because it has been so long since I tended a garden.
It would be so disappointing if they didn't sprout.

I did move them around a little bit after they were strong enough. They are so cheerful, and now I am looking forward to planting some more seeds. I have been wanting to put some forget-me-nots under the manhole tree.

I was just reading about forget-me-nots, and it seems that they are almost considered a weed. In that case we should get along just fine.


Angie said...

Oooh, they are beautiful! I have some sunflowers thatI'm hoping will bloom soon.

I like to cut the stem off close to the flower and float them in a bowl of water. So pretty


Vallen said...

Ah, the wonders of passive gardening. You lucked out.

OldBagNewTricks said...

Oh, I think I love this post most of all.... What's not to lvoe about happy accidents that blaze the trail for more happy accidents. Getting along with a lovely forget-me-not weed is what I like ti think real gardening is all about.