I have so many new little babies in the garden!
There are quite a few new additions to my garden, and they are hiding in the gravel all through the garden area. I went out to find them, and if I look closely, they are peeping out from everywhere! I have found these in the fall and now in the spring too! I am expecting them to come up in great abundance this spring !
Quite a bit of my little sprouts are from dropped bits of sedums and succulents which I have carried from one spot of the garden to the other. That is one of the best things about these little sedums. A small piece just dropped to the ground will callous over and then send roots into the ground and make a new plant.
Don’t worry when you drop tiny pieces. They will create new plants for you to use anywhere in your hypertufa troughs and other parts of the garden. And they will be strong and sturdy just from the manner by which they grew! Nature knows best, I say. Take advantage of the survival of these little new ones!
Since my main garden floor is made of pea gravel, if I am careful and watchful, I can find a lot of little bonus plants in the gravel. They can be moved into a hypertufa trough or bowl that I am planting and begin to make their own little garden.
These photos taken are from the bed of pea gravel on that floor, so remember the rocks you see are pea gravel. Those tiny new growths are very little since those stones are the size of a pea. But I have found that those little sprouts can grow so much over the course of the season. That is how I get my new plants for filling up all the new hypertufa planters that I make. Plus all those sales I just happen to stumble across. I can’t resist a sale. Check that out.
But along with the good, we also have to remember that there is the “bad” which comes with it. It is just the yin and yang of nature, I guess.
It’s the little babies of those awful weeds too. They are sprouting from the thousands of seeds which were produced when you miss a weed and it gets to send its little offspring flying around the garden, up into my hypertufa troughs and bowls. Sometimes I wonder how that root can possibly grow 2 or 3 feet across the path and continue on over there. But that’s Nature..
Prostrate Spurge, my nemesis.
The way the little prostrate spurge grows, it could feed an entire planet on its own. It starts as that little flat creeping hidden-amongst-the-green of the other plants, until suddenly, it appears before your eyes and it is already over a foot wide. Astounding! It is a cute little plant as plants go, but it just doesn’t quit. Just the nature of a weed, I suppose.
This is a photo of a monster prostrate spurge that I found in the local shopping area. It was on one of those islands in the parking lot. One of the biggest spurges I have ever seen. It measured more than 36 inches across. Wow!
I am planning to pot up a few of my little “volunteers” as my Mother used to call them. Probably not the Lady’s Mantle. It is an herbaceous perennial and will die down and then sprout up again in the spring. I will mark its spot, and then pot it up in the springtime, and it will be a nice plant for the spring Plant Sale with my Garden Club.
Isn’t it a pretty plant? I took these photographs in the early morning and the dew was still hanging on to the plant’s tiny hairs. That visual is my reason for loving this plant so much. It looks like jewels sparkling on a lady’s cloak, right? I am not really fond of the blossoms, but these seed around so freely, I have a great shade plant to share all the time.
What are your favorites that are seeding so freely this time of year? Coneflower? Black-Eyed Susans? Even my Joe Pye is sending up little new sprouts! That’s fall!
*This is an update from last fall on this post. I have added a few bits of information this late winter Sunday. Hope you enjoy!
Hi, I am Kim and thank you so much for visiting my magazine! I am a gardener and a hypertufa maker. If you came here to learn about hypertufa, I have a lot of information. But I also write about flower gardening and using succulents which are great drought-tolerant plants.