Volunteers are great!

Volunteer lobelia beside white woodland aster

Sometimes, letting the garden go where it will can produce serendipity. Here’s a great blue lobelia volunteer that popped up right next to some white woodland asters I planted. The only lobelia I planted was 10 feet away from here, so this is a seedling from last year’s flowers. It’s not the only one either; there are lobelias across the pond from the original patch as well.

This is yet another reason to plant seed-grown species rather than hybrids. Not only are you getting greater genetic diversity in your garden, but the garden can then plant itself as the years go by!

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