Rare self-seeder

Published: August 31, 2022

After reading Gill Regan's article, entitled, ‘self-seeders, love them or hate them', in the spring 2013 edition of the HPS Journal, I sat and nodded. ‘yes, they are a pain – spend minutes planting them and then years trying to get rid of them. Although I love the flowers of , it is a nuisance for self seeding right into the middle of other, more precious plants, making it difficult if not impossible, at times, to remove the seedlings without wrecking the innocent host .

On wandering around my garden a few days after reading the article, where Gill stated that she would be delighted to see other, more prized plants seeding around. I was over the moon when I noticed a little spotted leaf of a Dactylorhiza seedling in a hosta pot on the decking of my pond.

Combine this with the fact that I had just repotted three of the hostas on my pond, to make them less inviting to slugs -green, cheap looking, plastic pots, which I have decided was a moment of madness. The pots are standing in tray of water, have copper bands around them and finally topped with chicken grit -all in my declaration of war on slugs!

Then, through this chicken grit up pops an orchid seedling. What sheer luck. Perhaps I need to repot my hostas more often.

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Maggie Duguid

Text and photos by Maggie Duguid, who is a member of the HPS North East Group.