It seems like there’s always little surprises in my garden.
Yesterday I was out fiddling with the plants. Deadheading petunias, snipping off spent flowers.
I spend a good amount of time out there making sure I’m giving all the plants lots of love. I think that is one of the secrets of gardening success. That and humming. I do lots of humming when I’m working in the garden.
And I noticed that a cucumber plant about a foot tall was in a flower pot full of flowers.
I thought: How on earth did it get that tall without my noticing it? Did it simply spring up overnight? Sure seemed so.
Then I walked about a foot away and saw this:
A tomato plant in another pot of flowers.
I have my veggies down at the other end by the gate. But I’d forgotten the seeds I sprinkled in these pots. Then when the nurseries let us shop by appointment in April, I had picked out both a tomato and a cucumber plant.
The tomato plant at the other end of the patio is just about the height of my fence now. I’ve never had a tomato plant grow so tall. I just keep cutting jute and tying it to the trellis.
Just look at that thing growing in leaps and bounds. On the left side is a big pot of zinnias I planted from seed. I think they’re just about to bloom.
Seems like just yesterday the zinnias were only a few inches tall and I was thinning them and transplanting the ones I removed to other pots.
Now here’s the cucumber plant at this end:
This year I planted yellow marigolds around both the tomato and the cucumber plant. It is my little experiment to see if the marigolds keep some of the garden pests off my vegetable plants.
Has your garden grown enough for you to find some garden surprises of your own yet?
I’ve learned to look closely because these little surprises seem to crop up out of nowhere and grow like a weed.