Friday, July 11, 2014
The Volunteers of the Year
Each year, I appreciate the volunteer tomato plant, dill weed and parsley.
Their seeds lie hidden under winter's snow until, under the spring sun, they sprouted and grew, often a little faster than the weeds.
Sometimes, I pluck them before they have a chance to mature. Other times, I leave them and spend the summer wishing they weren't growing in the middle of a row.
The volunteer garlic is already curing for winter -- and the onion has been sauteed and eaten with the planned spinach.
But one group of volunteers really outdid themselves this year.
I was late tending the garden this spring. When I found them, the sunflowers were a few inches tall.
So I let them grow and grow and grow.
They grew taller than the fence.
And then they bloomed, adding their sunshine to the morning sky.