Mystery Flower in the Vegetable Garden


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

Mystery Flower in the Vegetable Garden

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.

Mystery Flower in the Vegetable Garden

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.

Mystery Flower in the Vegetable Garden

Mystery Flower in the Vegetable Garden

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?

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Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, 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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