It could be that I have a truly hor­rid mem­ory. But it’s also quite pos­si­ble that nature is just mess­ing with me.

See, it seems every spring some­thing out there in my gar­den takes on a life of its own and just grows. In par­tic­u­lar, nature really likes mess­ing with my con­tainer plant­i­ngs. I have a habit of just let­ting them go to ruin in the fall because the archi­tec­ture of the foliage acts as nature’s art­work when there isn’t much else to look at except the leaves I haven’t yet raked.

A few years ago nature sur­prised me with some self-seeded pan­sies and a sun­flower in one of those con­tain­ers. Lookee here!  I did not do that. I don’t even think I’m capa­ble of think­ing like that.

Here’s nature’s lit­tle sur­prise for me this year.

Okay, nature didn’t stick those pussy­wil­low branches into the decay of last summer’s con­tainer plant­i­ngs. But I’m pretty sure she put the hyacinths there. I think I would have remem­bered dig­ging down into rock hard soil under dead plants to plant bulbs.

Kathy Jentz at Wash­ing­ton Gar­dener mag­a­zine calls this squirrel-scaping. It’s just as good a name as any for nature’s lit­tle jokes. Now that I think about it, I could use more of this type of humor in my life.

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  • Dan Sprachen says:

    wow, that looks beautiful…ain’t nature not wonderful!

    Thx for sharing


  • hydropros says:

    Beau­ti­ful! cant wait for spring! thanks for the write up!

  • That is remark­ably beau­ti­ful! And your pic­ture of what hap­pened in a con­tainer last year is so col­or­ful and poetic — I think you are really onto some­thing with those containers!

  • Karen says:

    How fun! I know I’ve expe­ri­enced some squirrel-scaping. My neigh­bor has a squir­rel feeder and every now and then I find some­thing inter­est­ing grow­ing in my gar­den. The first time I real­ized how this hap­pened was because I dug it up to see if I could iden­tify the seed. It was a chestnut!

  • How beau­ti­ful! I’m so happy it’s spring now. 😀

  • Josie says:

    I like what you guys are usu­ally up too. This type of clever work and report­ing! Keep up the superb works guys I’ve you guys to my per­sonal blogroll.

  • Carl Marx says:

    A won­der­ful acco­lade to the phys­i­cal and phys­i­o­log­i­cal beauty of nature at its best.

    I love it when spring comes because then one can expe­ri­ence the most won­der­ful flowers.

    I love it even more if flow­ers seems to spring up where one does not expect it, who knows how that works.

    Keep the post­ings coming!!!

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