Have you had any happy surprises in your garden this spring?

Gail H
Gail H Posts: 359 ✭✭✭✭

I planted a June berry (Service berry) several years ago and it's just sort of limped along. The deer almost took it out in 2019, but this year it bloomed for the first time! It has set quite a bit of fruit. I'm so happy to have fresh fruit around the corner even if it's only a bit.

Is there anything that you had nearly given up on or even forgotten about that's finally coming into its own?


  • Merin Porter
    Merin Porter Posts: 1,026 admin

    I apparently had quite a few radish seeds that didn't germinate last year, because I've suddenly got dozens of radishes growing without me having to lift a finger for them this year! Yay! :)

  • shllnzl
    shllnzl Posts: 1,816 ✭✭✭✭✭

    My indoor potted cilantro died back suddenly last year so I put it outside in case pests were involved. I forgot the pot outside and now have a small cilantro plant in it.

  • DebiB
    DebiB Posts: 92 ✭✭✭

    I had a perennial verbena that went to seed last year. The plant didn’t come back but there are plenty of little ones in the garden, so I’ll keep a few plants and give the rest away.

  • seeker.nancy - Central Texas
    seeker.nancy - Central Texas Posts: 795 ✭✭✭✭

    I discovered this year that one batch of compost did not get hot enough. How do I know? By the number of things coming up lol. Lots of tomatoes, some winter squash (likely butternut) and what I'm hoping is a peach or nectarine tree. I need to feel down by the roots to know for sure. The pecan tree I was going to transplant I discovered this morning that something broke it off at ground level. It was still green so I stuck it in the ground. Don't know if that will work but we will see. Cilantro reseeds itself every year now, which I love. I can't wait to see what comes up next lol!

  • judsoncarroll4
    judsoncarroll4 Posts: 5,354 admin

    I have potatoes volunteering from kitchen scraps... which is nice!

  • shllnzl
    shllnzl Posts: 1,816 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have been trying to kill cottonwood volunteers that are growing in very bad spots, with mixed success. This morning, I noticed two baby trees coming up in my sorta compost heap/experimental weed garden patch. My plan is to try to identify them and put them in pots for later possibilities. I don't suppose a small cottonwood tree could be persuaded to provide me with medicinal products in return for me giving it spectacular care?