Another batch of volunteers

Crookneck squash seedling
Crookneck squash seedling

Last year I discovered squash bees in my yard. Since they specialize in squash, I wanted to make sure they would have squash flowers. So I planted some crookneck summer squash. And it’s coming up.

Volunteer squash seedling
Volunteer squash seedling

So far so good. And now this year’s batch of volunteer squash are showing up, which means we might have winter squash too. And other volunteers are popping up.

Volunteer sweet alyssum
Volunteer sweet alyssum

Some meet expectations every year. For example, I no longer need to add sweet alyssum to the borders. It just reseeds itself and is even smart enough to grow exactly where I want it to. It doesn’t look like much, but it’s a lovely little plant, bearing intensely sweet flowers that are popular with beneficial insects.

Volunteer strawberry?
Volunteer strawberry?

But a real volunteer plant is one that turns up in unexpected places and leaves you saying, I don’t remember planting strawberries up here.

I wonder what will turn up next.