Exotic bloom may fill the vase, or grace the high-born maid;But sweeter far to me than all, are blue-bells in the shade. ~ Eliza Cook
Nature is bountiful. There are so many ways we can benefit from this bounty. One way is through free plants. I thought I would share some photos of some of the free plants growing in my gardens.
I love to see free plants pop up in the garden. Below is a photo of my keyhole garden. Last season I grew cherry tomatoes in addition to other food plants. I have many tomato plants appearing in that garden as a result of fruit dropping. I have been pulling the seedlings out and adding them to my compost. A self-sewn cherry tomato decided to establish itself in the keyhole part of the garden, and I have allowed this one to grow. I have pruned it a bit and tied it back also since this photo was taken. It is now just starting to fruit and is covered in yellow flowers and tiny green tomatoes.
I have also been busy dividing plants. Below are a couple of Agapanthus that I divided from the parent plant.
I have also done the same with some Gerberas.
I have divided and planted out strawberry runners.
Gazania is another plant that is easy to divide. I usually just cut through any plants that have grown over the edge of the garden, using a spade. I then separate the cut off plant into a few smaller pieces with root attached and then re-plant these in the garden. Though it doesn't really show in the photo below the Gazania I have growing is the one with the silver foliage, (Gazania rigens).
In a future post I will share some photos of the local native plants that appear without any effort on my part.