I do have some help in my gardening - Hubby and the Munchkin take occasional watering and weeding duties - but the primary planting decisions, and most of the planting, weeding and watering, is done by me.
And yet it seems every year that plants come up in places where I did not recall planting them. I know Hubby won't move a plant unless I specifically ask him to - and the Munchkin wouldn't know yet to replant something he'd pulled out. Sometimes I am not even sure if it is a good plant or a weed that is coming up - and so I leave it in to wait and see - and then am pleasantly surprised when it is something I did not remember planting in that spot.
And I didn't plant it there. The squirrels did.
We have a nest of active busy squirrels in our black walnut tree and use our back yard as their playground - they have no problem digging up tulips, grape hyacinth and daffodil bulbs and moving them from the flower bed to the middle of the lawn, or another flower bed, or a crack in the middle of the driveway. They think nothing of it.
And this year - oh my - this year the squirrels and the birds worked together to plant nearly every single sunflower seed that they chose not to eat - and I think ALL of them came up! We have sunflowers everywhere -enough that the Munchkin now thinks we live in Sunflower Valley. Of course -the fact that he also thinks all my black eyed susans are sunflowers helps that idea...
A few of the flower heads have already had visits from lots of bees -and the sunflower seeds are forming. Not knowing what variety these were - I am not going to try to eat these ourselves, but will definitely dry the heads and set them out for the birds and squirrels to eat, enjoy, and perhaps even replant.
I am already looking forward to what surprises NEXT spring and summer will bring.