Could Sleep-Planting Be A Thing?
There are two mystery plants growing in the Driveway Border. Actually, two specimens of one species. They could be really big weeds, but my best guess is that they are Green Headed Coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata).
The thing is, I have no memory of ever purchasing or planting Green Headed Coneflower. I’ve admired Green Headed Coneflowers at the Chicago Botanic Garden and elsewhere, and have speculated about slipping one into a bed or border of ours. But never, as far as I am aware, have I translated thought into action.
Now and then I do look with bewilderment at some plant growing in the garden and ask myself: what is that plant? And did I plant it? But usually the answers come to me within a week or two. Not so in this case.
So if I am right that these are Green Headed Coneflowers, here are some possible ways they could have gotten into the Driveway Border.
- Sleep-Planting. Took a nap. While napping, drove to garden center, bought plants, planted plants, then went back to bed. Woke up with no memory of what occurred.
- Benevolent Mind-Reading Aliens. Aliens read my mind and perceived my desire for a Green Headed Coneflower or two. Purchased plants after shape shifting into Earth-dwelling native plant gardeners. Transported from mother ship to our garden in the middle of the night in order to install plants. Returned home to a distant galaxy, their mission accomplished.
- Nearby Gardener With Too Many Green Headed Coneflowers. Green Headed Coneflowers do have a tendency to spread, I’m told. Perhaps someone’s garden has been completely taken over by this plant. A tender-hearted gardener cannot bear to throw them out, so he or she digs them up and divides them. Then, he/she drives through the night, looking for good homes for the newly propagated plants.
These are all possibilities. Or they could be weeds.
Green Headed Coneflowers are my kind of plants, growing 6 feet or taller and loved by bees, birds, and butterflies. It that’s what I’ve got, it may require some adjustments in the border. I wonder if these could be the straight species or the popular cultivar ‘Herbstsonnne’? They should bloom by September, so time will tell.
Have you ever had plants mysteriously appear in your garden, other than weeds?