Migrating Holly Hocks and biennials

There are biennials in the garden which seem to sprout up randomly, some that I don’t remember planting or haven’t seen for years.  It’s a lovely jolt of surprise when it occurs, especially when it appears to be a variety of Hollyhock or Mallow that adds color and a bit of height, and accents a pretty space filled with Hydrangea and Sedum and Phlox which are not yet blooming but coming into bud.

So often I hear stories of migrating species–the most astounding story of which described the migration of one plant  into her neighbor’s garden, leaving no sign behind,  only an undisturbed  spot. Others called into this NPR gardening  program to describe other extraordinary migrations.

Unbelievable you might say………..but there is no explanation for the clump of yellow Irises that bloom every year behind the remains of an ancient tree that was removed years ago, behind the huge Rose of Sharons that sit next to the pond.,  and “no”  I have never ever grown yellow Irises anywhere!

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