Where Did They Come From?

18 Feb

One of the mysterious Petunias

One of the mysterious Petunias

Another mysterious Petunia

Another mysterious Petunia

Where did they come from?

I’ve asked myself this question time and time again.

Three of four months ago I first observed some interesting-looking seedlings emerging in freshly-cleared ground in our front yard. Their appearance intrigued me, and so I let them grow.

It didn’t take long before their species became apparent.  And then my curiousity really piqued.

Where did they come from?

Without question they were Petunias. Yet equally without question their seeds did not come from our place.

Casting my mind back I realised that there were three possible sources, yet each seemed so improbable that I simply couldn’t resolve my feelings of mystery.

Way, way back (I’m talking more than thirty years ago) our next-door neighbours grew beds of these lovely flowers only metres from these newcomers. But was it even remotely possible that the seeds could last so long?

Second: going back about ten years, a friend who lived four or five houses away invariably grew these in her front garden. But again, could the seeds have remained viable all this time?

Third: until two years ago a little old lady who lived half a block away grew these in  her front garden. Conceivably the seeds could last this long, but isn’t that quite a distance for such tiny, fragile specks to blow and settle?

Even now I am raising my eyebrows. I guess this will remain a mystery forever…

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14 Responses to “Where Did They Come From?”

  1. jtelusma February 18, 2014 at 3:53 am #

    Flowers lightens the day no matter what may be going on. It’s very uplifting. Enjoy them my friend 🙂

  2. davidprosser February 18, 2014 at 7:03 am #

    Perhaps the birds are carrying the seeds Margaret?
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

    • Margaret Lynette Sharp February 18, 2014 at 7:25 am #

      Never though about that, David. I don’t know….Petunia seed is very, very tiny…Food for thought 🙂
      xxx Massive Hugs xxx

  3. Odie Langley February 18, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    The best part is that you have them and they are beautiful especially the purple one. Hope it was a good Monday and hope the rest of your week is awesome.

    • Margaret Lynette Sharp February 18, 2014 at 11:48 am #

      Thanks, Odie! (There are a few other colours, too.) Hope you have a wonderful week.

  4. myfoodandflowers February 18, 2014 at 6:39 pm #

    Petunia seeds are very tiny, wind or shoes might be the reason why you have this plant, now you will have more because they self-seed easily! 🙂

    • Margaret Lynette Sharp February 19, 2014 at 1:39 am #

      Thanks! I’m hoping that they self-seed prolifically! 🙂

      • myfoodandflowers February 19, 2014 at 2:47 am #

        You are welcome! I suggest you collect some seeds for extra sowing because sometimes the unexpected frost will kill the seedlings. I always do that. 🙂

  5. Margaret Lynette Sharp February 19, 2014 at 7:08 am #

    Thanks for the tip! I’ll do that! 🙂

  6. Debbie Robson March 11, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    How wonderful is that? Where did they come from! Years ago when I bought a house on the Northern Beaches I cleared an old vegetable patch that had been covered for years. Soon after some sweet pea came up but they weren’t the normal sweet pea. They were a species I had never seen before. I love flowers!

    • Margaret Lynette Sharp March 11, 2014 at 10:08 am #

      Isn’t it fascinating to speculate? I hope you saved the seed of your unusual Sweet Pea. 🙂
      I love flowers, too!

      • Debbie Robson March 11, 2014 at 10:12 am #

        Unfortunately I didn’t. At that stage I had only just started gardening! Learnt a lot since then.

  7. Margaret L. Sharp (@MargaretLynett1) March 11, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    What a shame! But at least you’ve learned how precious these chances are.

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