Weeds and grasses are unwelcome volunteers in the garden, but sometimes we get lucky, and actually find useful or beautiful plants volunteering. Here are photos of a few of my welcome ones.
Dill grows in several areas around the garden shed, where nothing else would survive.
This volunteer tomato is growing in an area behind the shed that doesn't even get watered. I have no idea what variety it is, as I haven't grown tomatoes back there since 2010. I'll let it go and see if it produces anything.
Carpet of Snow alyssum has been volunteering for the past two years, since I originally planted it in 2010. It is very welcome, and provides me with many seedlings that can be placed wherever I want them in the garden.
A few cosmos volunteers have popped up here and there. It depends on how tall they get if they will be allowed to stay. I planted two varieties last year, but one grew into gigantic trees. If these get over 3' tall, they'll be ripped out and disposed of!
I have other welcome volunteers in my garden, but none as lovely as those of my cyber friend, Langela. You might remember the post about this unknown species of plant, that was eventually identified as a Dognip.
Dognip plant in Langela's flower garden, May 2011
Well......just look at the volunteer that popped up this year!
The Dognip must have been a hybrid plant, as the volunteer didn't quite grow true. I guess this one is a Catnip.