While strolling through the vegetable garden the other morning, pulling out weeds, I spotted a pretty white flower growing on top of a weedy-looking stalk.

I stepped over to take a closer look and scratched my head for a few seconds trying to figure out where this mystery flower came from.

The flower was quite attractive and dainty in appearance.

While the green part of the plant resembled a weed, I noticed that the lower leaves looked much like a type of vegetable I had grown in my garden.  
That is when I remembered where I had seen the flower before.

A few weeks ago, I had asked my daughter to pull out any large radishes, which were too tough to eat.  It looked like she missed one.

If I let the radish flower remain, it will go to seed and new radishes will come up in its place.  However, because the end of radish season is at hand, I will probably collect the seeds to plant in the fall.

For now, I will enjoy the lovely, little flower.

Have you ever seen a mystery flower in your garden?  What was it?
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

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  1. Jodi
    Jodi says:

    One year I planted miscellaneous root crops that I'd rescued from the CSA but not eaten before they got moldy. I forgot about them until a few months later when a mysterious lovely, spiky purple flower appeared. Turned out to be the flower of salsify, I had no idea they were so elegant!

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