Year by year, our backyard starts developing a wild nature of its own. Seeds are blown in by the wind, carried in by animals or spread about by composted soil. This is when neglecting to weed has some perks. Some wild foreign seeds are given time and space to sprout up and grow into plants that can be identified and from time to time, welcomed. Because of this possibility, I always pause when weeding. I like to take my time, to pay attention to what has made its way into my garden. I like to identify and research these discovered seedlings, discerning whether they belong, can be transplanted to a new location, can be eaten or composted, or need to be sent off in the yard waste bin, as with the nutsedge and pampas grass.
It must have sprouted more than three years ago, as this is how long it takes for the strawberry guava tree to bear fruit. I think it germinated, hidden under the rosemary, beside my pink flowering protea tree. Now it stands tall, bearing hundreds of mini guavas. With thankful hearts, we welcome this once foreign seed, now fruit-bearing tree into our backyard.