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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7 Responses to “There Goes That Spring Surprise Again”

  1. Dan Sprachen Says:

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

    Thx for sharing


  2. hydropros Says:

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

  3. Creel Orthodontics Says:

    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!

  4. 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!

  5. Lawn Care Denver Says:

    How beau­ti­ful! I’m so happy it’s spring now. :D

  6. 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.

  7. 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!!!

Garden and food writer Robin Ripley is co-author of Grocery Gardening. Her new book, Wisdom for Home Preservers, is now available from Taunton Press. Bumblebee is about her life in rural Maryland, her garden, cooking, dogs and pet chickens. She also blogs about food and chickens at Eggs & Chickens. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook. Thank you for visiting.


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