|Viola self seeded in cracks.|
Having volunteer annuals is a lesson in "Don't be too eager to pull every unidentified plant."
When (and IF) I deadhead my pots, I now throw the seed heads into my beds in hopes they will be one of my surprises.
|This little petunia went on to be lovely all summer.|
Another couple of years, I had violas in the cracks of the brick walk. Although technically they are short lived perennials, they are often sold as annuals for pots.
|Nicotiana coming up from that little crack|
between the porch and cement.
|Dill weed coming up in the brick sidewalk.|
Annual seeds are not typically hardy enough to overwinter here in our zone 5 hardiness area. I suppose some find that one little place where leaves or plant debris protects.
The only way to have self seeded annuals is to let the seeds fall to the ground which means you can't dead head until those seeds are perfectly ready to drop. Deadheading before the seeds mature will stop that process. In other words, you have to reduce your tidiness level to have these surprises.
Nature: There are some of the surprises thrown at us that are perfectly wonderful.
If you haven't seen the pictures and read the story of area farmers and businesses helping an ailing neighbor harvest his corn this past week, make time for a truly wonderful example of small Midwest town and a good people true story. 450 acres picked, trucked and stored in ten hours. God Bless these good neighbors! And God's mercies on the this family.
On Facebook: Jason Bates. In the Galva News this week.