Now this is the kind of gardening I can get behind! A few seasons ago, I planted Black beauty eggplants, from seed, in containers. I have not done so this season. At that time, I planted more seeds than needed in each outdoor container, in the hopes that at least one would germinate and become a successful plant.
As it so often happens, what originally appeared to be a failure, in terms of seeds not germinating, is, in this case, a delayed success! Nature intervened and likely the wind carried off one of the seeds and it rested in my rose garden!
This productive eggplant is peacefully coexisting among roses and a young dragon tree, also sprouted from an errant dragon tree seed.
Check out these lovely eggplants. They are not large, but I am confident that they will be mighty tasty!
This accidental planting has likely happened to other home gardeners who plant with seed, and not just with eggplants. If you are not familiar with how a particular plant looks at different stages of development, that strange-looking plant in your garden might, sadly, be falsely identified as a weed and removed.
When you look at your garden the next time and see what appears to be an unfamiliar plant, think back if you had planted any seeds in past seasons. You may find yourself with a most welcome, though unexpected, bounty!