Last fall when we bought this farm, I saw this same plant growing in a terra cotta pot on the back porch.
Well, of course the winter came and the plant died back.
Now spring is here and the pear trees are in full bloom, and I found the exact same plant coming up under the pear trees (100 yards from the back porch). It looks like it was actually planted there, because it is of equal distance between the two trees.
Earlier this week I found little pear seedlings coming up under my pear trees. I've dug them all up and potted them in 3" peat pots. All together I have about 40 seedlings now, all about 2-3" tall. Very cool! I'm going to put these out in the pasture and make one massive pear orchard. I don't know how they'll do (not being grafted ontu a better rootstock, but just call me Davie Pearseed. :) )
I've got all kinds of bulbs coming up - Daffodils, tulips, and mysterious stuff that I don't yet know what they are.
I'm finding new kinds of shrubs all the time - usually covered completely with honeysuckle. I've got something that looks like an Althea or Hibiscus that should thrive this year now that I've uncovered him. :)
And who knows what else I'll find? The spring has only really just begun in full force here!
This farm is a constant surprise! Everytime we turn around, something new is popping up. About a month ago, we put all further clearing of the land on hold, just to see what else we might discover. The problem is that things are in the _strangest_ places. The peonies are just stuck under a huge pine tree. I've got one hyathia up against the house. One tulip against the front walk (where I've added a curving extentiuon of the flower garden, but there was nothing there before) And we've found 2 things that we aren't sure what they are yet, just growing in the middle of the field! It has gotten to the point that I'm terrified to mow! This fall, and next spring, I'll be doing a lot of rearranging! New houses and land are always fun, but I am constantly saying "WHAT were they thinking?!?!"
Trish, Peonies do better when they are under a tree, with dappled or light shade, i have two big clumps, the one under the pear tree blooms better and longer than the one in the sun, so maybe the people who planted it new that too.
Davie Pearseed- you may be very sorry for planting that orchard! If these seedlings turn out to be Pyrus calleryana, which many pears are grafted on to, including the ornamental pears (Bradford), then they will develope nasty thorns and only get fruit the size of small marbles. They will also become very invasive, which they already are throughout all of east Texas due to the over planting of the Bradford Pear.