Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Simple Pleasure - Volunteers

 The birds have been feasting all summer long.
Most of the seeds have been eaten.
Even the ones that were dropped.
 This Sunflower was grown from one single seed that a bird missed.
I call these plants, the ones I didn't plant, Volunteers.
They are my garden surprises!
A Simple Pleasure, for sure.

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  1. My best tomato plant last year was a volunteer one. You must have really good sunflower seed to grow that mammoth plant. My volunteer sunflowers were really wimpy! Must get better seed! :D

  2. Hi Christine, I always love it when the birds plant me some sunflower seeds, Truly a wonderful simple pleasure, thanks for sharing.
    Thank you for your sweet words on my blog, I am so glad to be able to visit again.

  3. I like those kind of volunteers too!

    We've had sunflowers sprouting all over the yard too. I especially enjoy finding in those odd nooks johnny-jump-ups, alssym,and evening scented stock.

  4. A large and lovely surprise in your garden! My garden boasts far too many weeds, it would seem. Not a very lovely surprise at all!

    Thanks for your kind comments about my story time retirement. A very stressful week at present - moreso with an Earthquake Tuesday afternoon and now hurricane Irene is heading right for us in south Jersey!

    Lord - send it out to sea . . .

  5. I love your simple pleasure...the volunteer

  6. What a wonderful volunteer! You enjoy the sunshine of the flower and the birds enjoy the seeds! I'll look forward to seeing if you have any more volunteers next summer! :)

  7. Wonderful example of what just one seed dropped can do. You have great friends in those birds. Perfect for Simple Pleasures. Blessings,

  8. Good morning, Christine!

    Sweet Simple Pleasure! Stopping by for the first time and enjoyed your post and the surprise sunflower plant standing so tall and straight.

    Lovely blog you have here!
    Kindly, Lorraine

  9. Lagniappe - something extra. something unexpected.

    I love sunflowers! This would be an extra special gift for me. As a matter of fact, it was a gift to see it growing in your yard. Thank you. blessings ~ Tanna

  10. I think you are a Volunteer - a friend that dropped into my life by accident. Such a blessing.

  11. What a wonderful "simple pleasure".

    Can't wait to see these volunteers all grown up!

  12. Wonderful simple pleasure ...I love watching the birds and how they bring flowers to sprout

  13. This is a wonderful one Christine.

  14. A beautiful garden surprise! I love big 'ole sunflowers. I really enjoyed your dragonfly post too...."sometimes God just drops you a present" perfect!

  15. i just LOVE sunflowers!! although, we know i do love things that are TALLLLLLL!!!! :) :) :)
    i have been noticing so many near my home. i took some photos the other day of some that are in my neighbors yard, but face right where i park!! isn't that sweet of them???? :)
    blessings for a happy weekend, my friend. :)

  16. How lucky can you be? Volunteer flowers! I could never be that lucky, girlfriend. You must be doing something right. :)

    Thanks for asking about my back. I am much better, but being cautious. Thanks for the prayers.

  17. Hi Christine,
    Sunflowers are lovely to have in a garden.They brighten up the place.
    You have generous birds.
    I find maple and mullberry seedlings in my yard curtesy of the wind and birds. Sadly, they do'nt do well and die if I try to pot them.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  18. I am amazed at how you see things. You didn't even have to visit the garden shop. It is like a gift to you.


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