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  1. Thanks for your reply. Yes, the nursery bed idea sounds better than hit and miss seed scatterings, although the random surprises can be fun:).

    Sometimes it can pay to be patient with those “unusual weeds”

    I once had a “weed” appear in my front garden, and although my immediate impulse was to quickly pull it up, I decided to let it be. Mainly due to its slightly unusual grey/silver colour,

    I kept an eye on it from time to time to see what would come of it, and eventually it produced some little white flowers with pink centres. The gift of nature flown in by air I later found out were pink eyed rose campion. As they clearly liked the spot I let them spread.

    Last summer I witnessed a number of Monarch butterflies clambering all over them, with legs in all directions trying to get their long extended tongues to the centre of the flowers. Whether it was perfumed dew, or some kind of nectar, they seemed to love it, as they gorged from flower to flower. So the fact that the Monarchs love them was just an added bonus.

  2. Hello. Nice story!

    I had a similar experience just recently. Autumn two years ago I scattered some flanders poppy seeds in an area by a fence that was barren and I thought would be nice with a dash of red. I have never planted them before. I also dropped a few into a couple of pots I have around my place.

    Spring and Summer came and went and there was nothing. I basically just accepted that the conditions weren’t right for them, and moved on.

    This year I put some cornflowers seeds into a few pots around the place for a splash of blue. Again I have never planted these before, so was looking forward to them. In one of the pots they shot up with their attractive silver leaves. In the same pot right next to them and growing vigorously among them was some large weedy looking plant! I was baffled as to what it could be until just a couple of days ago I noticed some hairy looking buds forming. It then clicked. I thought “they must be poppies!”. I did a quick google pic search to confirm what they looked like prior to flowering, and that is what lead me to your poppy story.

    As you say it is easy to see how in their early stages they can be mistaken as weeds, and I now wonder if I too may have inadvertently pulled a few up without realising!

    1. This was fun to read that I am not the only one on this learning curve. Thank you for sharing your experience. I have since learned to have a nursery bed. Its a tiny protected garden meant for perennials that are still small so I can tend to them as such and watch for their sprouting leaves. After they spend a year there, I then transplant them out into the beds they were meant for. THis has help so when weird weeds come up in bunches, I know they are probably a perennial in sprouting form. Its all fun.

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