Interesting things grow under my roses.
This is because I used to have a bird feeder above my roses. Left unchecked, thistles, grasses of every kind and even corn will start climbing up to steal their share of the sun.
While I’m normally pretty ruthless about these unwelcome plants, I gave one a reprieve this year as it was out of the way. Now I’m so glad I did as it charms me daily with its bright face and agile movements. Plus, it has brought honey bees back in to my yard and I’m happy to do my little bit for bee culture.
Behold the interloper:
And the interloper’s minions: