So, I had a pot on the back porch that I hadn’t planted anything in yet. 2 or so weeks ago, a very robust volunteer weed thing started growing out of it, a strong plant that grew very quickly. I commented to myself that I should recognize those leaves, but just couldn’t get my head to tell me what it was. I couldn’t get over how aggressively it was growing, and what good strength it had for a volunteer. So I left it grow there.
Today, I wanted to plant something in that pot. So I figured I’d pull this volunteer out and get rid of it, whatever it was.
The very robust plant had a nice root system, and attached to it was a whole black walnut. Some crazy squirrel had buried the walnut in the pot, probably last fall. The neighbors have a black walnut tree maybe 50 yards away from where the pot sat down by the garage in the winter. So somebody buried his nut in it …………and forgot!
The nut, finding itself in a nice warm spot and got a little rain a few times, decided to grow. And grow fast!
Since it wants to be a tree so bad, I decided it has to be allowed to be a tree! I had to have a gorgeous weeping cherry taken down a few years ago, and the stump remains. It has a plant pot on top of it. So I planted the nice little walnut tree there by the stump, cos it would be a good place for another tree. I never went out of my way to get another tree to plant there, but this one kind of presented itself to me and asked to be given a chance, so it gets a chance. I put a little fence around it so it won’t get mowed off, and I’ll make sure it gets a drink along with other things if it doesn’t rain. By fall, it should be strong enough to make it thru the winter, and in a few years, I’ll have a black walnut tree, instead of a seedling, planted by a squirrel.
People believe that squirrels remember where they bury things…..nahhh. I have a seedling to prove it!