Propagating existing plants in your garden is the easiest way of expanding your garden. Sometimes, the propagation of plants just happens on its own. When this happens in my garden it is almost as if someone is issuing me a reminder as a reminder that gardening isn't rocket dentistry.
In the fall of 2006 I purchased a perennial sedum for the garden and it was trampled. Instead of picking up the pieces and throwing them I just turned some soil over on them and forgot about the broken pieces of the plant. In April 2007 while doing some spring cleaning in the garden, I happened to unearth one of the stems as I laid on the ground watching some bugs go back and forth through the garden.
By the spring of 2007 the stem I had buried and forgotten about was mostly dead. Life remained, in the form of this tiny shoot emerging from one leaf nodes. I blogged about it at the time and posted the picture you see to the right.
When I realized that the "cutting" had survived the winter freeze and was trying to grow, in spite me, I decided to plant it in the garden and give it a chance. Who can resist free plants?
This is what that little sedum shoot looked like in the garden this past summer. It is almost a third of the size of the parent plant it came from two years ago. This plant was practically free. Experienced gardeners and indoor gardeners who grow a lot of succulent plants may see this and be unimpressed. Succulent plants, like this sedum, are extremely easy to from cuttings. I've blogged about propagating my indoor succulents before, here and here, yet I can't look upon this plant and not be impressed. I'm not impressed with my gardening "skills" because I did nothing-- I'm impressed with the plant and with nature as a whole. Gardening and plant propagation isn't hard... plants can do it all on their own. Some lessons you can't get from garden books, garden blogs or even garden television shows. Some gardening lesson you just have to experience on your own by getting your hands dirty and sometimes by laying on the ground to observe the garden.