You've heard of a volunteer--someone who helps others. He or she offers his or her services to someone who needs them.
But what about the term plant volunteer? Whole 'nother story. This is how it goes.
The plant found a way to exist where it wasn't supposed to...at least maybe to the gardener's way of thinking. You see, there's always two points of view, at the very least, in a situation like this. The gardener's and the plant's.
Think of it this way. You work really, really hard to get a plant to take root, right? You carefully plant it in its new home allowing those poor roots bound in a tight bundle in the plastic container to spread and grow. You water it. Nurture it. Talk to it. You fertilize it. You love it. And it grows.
Then one day, it fools around with a bird, and the next thing you know (didn't know you were going to get a birds' and bees' lecture on plants, did you?), your beloved plant has a baby.
You didn't plant the baby. You didn't nurture it. You probably watered it, but you didn't know it. You didn't talk to it. And three years later, there's the little toddler. Cute as can be. Not where it was supposed to be.
So in the picture above is one such baby plant. It's a youpon holly that found a home in the jasmine ground cover. It was hidden for a couple of years as the holly is very slow growing. And then, there it is. One toddler youpon holly. Her momma is just across the brick walk from her, so she's still keeping an eye on her baby.
Don't you love happily ever afters?
The moral of the story is if you don't want volunteers, don't plant plants that tend to have babies. :)
I have crepe myrtles that have volunteered all over in the jasmine also. They have the most beautiful flowers.
What about you? Have any plants that have a propensity to gift you with babies where you least expect it?
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