Last weekend we spent all afternoon in the yard, weeding flower beds, trimming shrubs, and WEEDING the poor excuse of a lawn that we are left with after last year’s drought. Monte and I have divvied up the one bed along the fenceline that gets good sun all day. Monte plants basil, tomatoes, thyme, chives and zinnias in his half. In my half I plant flowers, many of which are perennials which come back every year. I fill in with other flowers each spring.
Sometimes I get “volunteers” that grow from seeds that make their way to my flower bed one way or the other. Two years ago, I had planted a really pretty red geranium in this same bed, but it kicked the bucket after the first year during the very cold winter we had in early 2011. As I was weeding last weekend, I saw this little guy. It’s actually not too little, it’s probably about 9 inches high. I think (hope) it is a volunteer geranium. I’m not sure though, could be a melon or veggie seedling. Last time I had a mystery volunteer, I nurtured it until it had grown into a good size shrub. Only to eventually find out that it was a poisonous weed called nightshade, which I quickly disposed of.
Between rain showers today, i went outside and snapped this picture, so that I could look at it as I compared it to geranium seedling images on the web, and this *could* be one. It has the fuzzy stalks and leaves that geraniums do, too. It has the big oval nurse leaves. I even tore a little bit of the leaf on the left off to smell it, to see if it had that pungent smell that geraniums do. But I couldn’t smell anything. Maybe it’s too little? Or maybe it’s not a geranium.
What do you think?
I’ll let you know when I find out, either way. 🙂