|Caterpillar-eaten kale flowering away.|
The serendipity of nature really tickles the beejayzus out of me. It's an unseen collaborator, making quiet little gardening tweaks such as herb Robert around the peony, bindweed twining up the wrought iron gate, cosmos colluding with kale in an optical illusion.
This week, let's see what the Collaborator has done to my pots.
1. A magic stick.
When we moved during the Beast from the East, some of our lifted plants came in plastic bags wrapped with sheep fleece. As soon as possible, I rammed them into any available pot.
This included pots left by the previous tenants, who were specialist gardeners (har har har). Our black grass went into one that had a three-tined dead stick in it. Today, the black grasses are blooming in front of the bark-shedding dead stick.
2. Oh, Cory!
Earlier this year, I sowed some lambs lettuce in the pot with the fading erythronium. An effort which produced a feckless feckall.
|Late, great dogtooth lily.|
With other more successful seedlings rampaging around the garden, I forgot the FF pot in its shady corner. And then this appeared in it.
|My buddy, Cory.|
A lovely self-seeded corydalis, possibly from our last house where it grew like crazy. My Unseen Collaborator, she knows what I like
3. Another stowaway.
I rescued this teeeeny weeeeny fernee fella from the lawn & slapped it into what, at the time, was a plant-less pot. Now the fern has company.
|Am I pink knotweed?|
Last year, my 92 year old neighbour gave me pink knotweed as thanks for always stopping to let her pet Mr BigNoseDog on our daily walks. Mr BND'd knock me down for a pet from anyone, but I kept that to myself, & graciously accepted the cutting.
Not sure why it took so long to show itself this year.
And for those of you aghast that I grow knotweed, rest assured my garden has far, far worse things growing in it with my full consent.
4. Like this thug.
Another pot luck caused by our move was thrusting goldenrod & queen of the prairie into the same pot so I could replicate how they looked last year:
|Last year's golden queen.|
This is what that pot looks like today.
|Queen makes way for a thug.|
The queen of the prairie survives behind the asters, but only foliage, no bloom. There wasn't a whiff that those sneaky aster bastards were in the pot, yet now they've taken over.
There'll be a separation of powers in this pot come autumn. Rest assured no thug shall perish in this coup.
5. Comedy of errors.
I wanted verbena bonariensis for my last garden, but in some type of brain glitch, ordered common valerian instead. The valerian didn't bloom its first year, so when we moved, I dug up its dead stick, & brought it along.
The foliage that came up wasn't valerian, but I let it grow, hoping for a pleasant surprise.
I got this ugly thang.
The tiny yellow flowerbuds never seemed to open, yet've already gone to seed. Floaty, flying millions upon millions of ugly thang seed.
|Ugly thang's back lit glam photo.|
6. A cosmos by any other foliage . . .
My perennials've mostly been stalled or killed by drought. The smattering of annuals that were meant to be colourful interludes, now have to carry the can.
All grown from seed, they're cheap & cheery low maintenance types which include, of course, bog standard cosmos in the white to red spectrum.
|Dark pink cosmos.|
I also bought a packet of dwarf cosmos in various colours, purportedly including a deep, deep purple.
Growing 2 types of cosmos, I kept both packets, referred to them several times during the seedling process, so I know for certain this wasn't my mistake, but an Unseen Collaborator intervention.
When the foliage matured a bit, the dwarfs looked more like marigold than cosmos. The dwarf blooms opened this week & they're orange! Every single one of them. A fiery yellow orange!
|Orange cosmos at bottom, usual suspect at top.|
Searching 'orange cosmos' brought up photos of something with the same foliage as mine - cosmos sulphureus Cosmic Orange. I don't know how those seeds wound up in that package, but they go well with the golden rod & the mint green raised beds.
My Unseen Collaborator certainly knows what she's up to.
And that brings me to the end of my #SixonSaturday.
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