The welcome strangerHow does this happen? Virtually overnight, a plant we never planted and that has never been seen before in our garden appears in the shade garden and seems to be thriving. Not one, but four of the same plant appears uninvited and they have made themselves very comfortable in the shaded bed at the back of the house. All in different places, a few feet apart. ALL the plants around it, apart from the Delicious Monster that has been there for years, were newly planted in August last year. The Lamium is new, Azaleas are new – you can see they are all fledgling plants … and as if from nowhere they are joined by an uninvited “guest planting”.

I’m not complaining … I rather like it. I think it is called Arrowhead Plant (Syngonium podophyllum). I recognise it as a very common house plant. I see these at nurseries, in magazines and even in the homes of friends as indoor pot plants. I am guessing that its been there for a few weeks and was not “weeded out” as the seedlings probably looked similar to the Lamium which has been planted here as a ground cover. Seeds blown into the garden? Unlikely. We have a six foot wall separating our property from the neighbours.So how did it get there? (I had compost laid a month ago – it may have originated from that).

I’m not removing it. I think it looks great. Its thriving. It looks happy. Might that be a clue there – plant indoor house plants in that bed?

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