A wild sunflower appears!

A wild sunflower appears!

sunflower seedling

Okay, it’s not exactly wild, but it is the first self-seeded baby sunflower I’ve spotted this year. Isn’t it cute? They start out so tiny but they get so big so fast.

Of course, it’s in a completely inopportune spot — in the middle of a lawn area (I say “lawn” ’cause that obviously ain’t grass), too far from anything to be staked to as it gets bigger, and on the south side of the tiny orange rosebush, which means if I let this grow here it’ll eventually block sun from the roses.

So, it’ll have to get moved. (It’s the first one of the year, and I hate pulling out plants anyway, so yes, it’s definitely getting moved, not done away with.) I’ve transplanted plenty of baby sunflowers before and they always do fine. I wonder what the flowers on this one will look like!

I found this little guy yesterday (I think?) but today I found some more surprises in the front yard. The sad, clearance-sale hostas I planted way too late last year made a comeback!

hosta

I noticed this one (these? it looks like more than one plant but I don’t know how that works with hostas) before I took Lola for a walk this morning. It was very exciting. (I’ve since noticed in the pictures that there are exposed roots, probably due to all the rain lately. I’ll have to remember to put some dirt on those tomorrow!)

hosta

I looked for this one but did not see it; my mom noticed it, though, so I checked again and finally found it. It was hard to spot since the leaves haven’t opened yet (and also weirdly hard to get a decent picture of; my camera did not want to focus properly). So both of them survived, which is awesome. There was actually another clearance-sale perennial I planted close to this hosta, but I can’t remember what it was and saw no signs of it. It was in worse shape than the hostas when I finally got them all in the ground, so it probably didn’t make it. Oh well, two out of three, at least.

I also discovered that the Asiatic lilies I planted last year were coming back as well…after they’d already been run over by the lawn mower. Oops. We’ll have to see if they hang on after their haircut. (And I need to put something around them; apparently lilies are highly, highly toxic to cats.)

My trip to Cincinnati a couple weeks ago was a lot of fun; I’m planning a post about that for Thursday!

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