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Post by Chilli-head on 10th May 2016, 8:23 am

No, I'm not talking about volunteer gardeners, but volunteer plants that appear of their own accord.  We seen to get these filling in any gaps.  I suppose it is how nature intends.  

When C-H Jnr was born, as an overcautious new parent I removed some of the more poisonous plants, including a laburnum.  It was rather pretty and I did think it was a bit of a shame.   He's 13 now, and last year I spotted something growing at the back of the border that looked a bit like laburnum. Yesterday it came in to flower for the first time.  I'm surprised to get a seedling after so long a gap, but there are no other laburnum nearby, so it must be a seedling of the original tree.

I think some of the nicer parts of our garden happened by accident like this, and best of all, the plants are free !
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Post by freebird on 10th May 2016, 12:20 pm

We have a cotoneaster, hard by the fence, that looks as if it must have been from a seed via a bird's digestive system. It's nothing special, but a real favourite with bees when it flowers, and birds when it fruits.
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Post by Ploshkin on 11th May 2016, 9:19 pm

Because there are no other gardens near me I've not had anything that's not already in my garden. I did acquire a couple of primroses presumably from birds. I do get some nice crops of oats from undigested grains in the manure.
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Post by Chilli-head on 11th May 2016, 10:02 pm

Heh - we gained some bulbs from next door but one ! I think a squirrel muxt have been to blame.

Looking tonight we have now got 3 laburnum ! We also had a viburnum spring up in a gap in the front garden that looks to be the same as one round the back. There are a few cotoneaster, and we have an oak sapling too that really can't stay where it is.
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Post by freebird on 12th May 2016, 7:55 am

I still get loads of bay seedlings. Next door used to have a humongous bay tree. The seedlings are a blasted nuisance. One grew so big (it was mixed up in the camellia so I hadn't noticed it) that we ended up cutting it off at the base and using it as a Christmas tree one year.
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