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. 😀

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  • 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!!!