I’ve been gardening for a lot of years and if you counted up what I’ve spent at nurseries, it is a wonder I ever got to retire. I know that a perennial plant comes back year after year from roots. However, there are other ways for a plant to come back. Some plants sprout from seeds that it puts out after it blooms.
I found a ton of Marigolds in the yard for free this year and I’ve transplanted them to some bare spots (I don’t have as many bare spots as I used to). I had some pots in the garden that were still empty and I was waiting on a sale at Lowe’s. I also found sprigs coming up in a pot of Moss Rose from last year. A little shot of Miracle Grow and now I have free flowers!
After visiting the herb garden out back, I found basil popping up and several bunches of Dill. I love fresh dill and know it won’t last long, but it does put out a seed. When it dies back down, I’ll shake the dried seeds back into the soil for next year.
Speaking of free plants, when I cleaned out the irises last fall I found what I think is a wild grape vine. I can only assume a bird dropped the seed. I cleaned a place for it and trained it on a trellis. I’ll call you when it is time to stomp grapes for wine! Yum.