Volunteer flowers make us happy!

Orange flower by Pat Z Anthony
@PatZAnthony (12372)
Charlotte, North Carolina
August 12, 2017 5:12pm CST
After reading a post by @theme55 recently, the photo shared here, which we call a volunteer flower, was also shared in my response to her question. We have many flowers that just grow, so we call these volunteers. No clue what half of these flowers are, but they do make the yard brighter. We never know what to expect when the seasons change. In addition to these flowers, we have violets and some other lovely purple flowers that we have not identified Do you have volunteer flowers growing in your yard?
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@Susan2015 (20193)
• United States
12 Aug
What a gorgeous flower it is too. Not much growing in our yard.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
13 Aug
The person owning this property for 50 years planted many goodies here @Susan2015 We have only planted vegetable plants!
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@Kandae11 (35267)
12 Aug
Very unusual names for flowers.
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@andriaperry (46597)
• United States
13 Aug
Yes there are so many on this 5 acres, I know none of their names.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
13 Aug
As long as they make us happy, we are okay with not knowing what they are @andriaperry
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@andriaperry (46597)
• United States
14 Aug
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@kobesbuddy (41060)
• East Tawas, Michigan
12 Aug
@PatAnthony Yes maam, we sure do! We have purple ones, blue ones, pink ones, yellow flowers, and even some white ones! And what kind are they? I don't even know what's growing in our side yard! LOL
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
13 Aug
This is an Iris. We also have several we are not sure of @kobesbuddy
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@kobesbuddy (41060)
• East Tawas, Michigan
13 Aug
@PatZAnthony Oh my goodness, that is a beautiful iris, no doubt about it!:)
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@Juliaacv (29001)
• Canada
13 Aug
That's a nice flower growing. We used to have a lot of volunteer flowers at our old home. This one we do not, but its still very new, I'll wait until next year to see if anything unexpected comes up, but I doubt anything will because its a brand new neighbourhood.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
13 Aug
It seems the older the home, the more volunteers that grow @Juliaacv
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@thelme55 (14010)
• Germany
12 Aug
That´s a beautiful flower. Iris, isn´t it? Yes, I have lots of volunteer flowers in my yard. I still have to find out some of their names. Thanks for the mention. Happy weekend!
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
13 Aug
Yes @thelme55 it really is beautiful Sad that there are not dozens and they don't last a bit longer.
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@jstory07 (65389)
• Roseburg, Oregon
12 Aug
My frot yard is growing something. Not sure what they are. Flowers or weeds.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
13 Aug
Someone said weeds are plants that grow where you don't want them @jstory07 We don't care what grows as these are better than just dirt.
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@toniganzon (48524)
• Philippines
12 Aug
OH nyes we do. And we have that one same flower in your photo.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
13 Aug
The Iris must be popular all over the world @Philippines
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• United States
13 Aug
We don't really have flowers growing except for the sunflowers and we did have one vol. this year. We get volunteer veggies!
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
13 Aug
The volunteer veggies are the best ever @AbbyGreenhill
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• United States
14 Aug
@PatZAnthony We were shocked the swiss chard didn't come back this year, I was very disappointed.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
15 Aug
@AbbyGreenhill Does it skip a year?
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@LadyDuck (147879)
• Switzerland
13 Aug
Yes I have, I even have two volunteer red roses, came in my garden from nowhere, I know that I did not plant them.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
13 Aug
We really enjoy whatever grows @LadyDuck and don't plan on putting anything else on the land except plants that produce veggies!
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@LadyDuck (147879)
• Switzerland
14 Aug
@PatZAnthony We are allowed to plant vegetables in the garden on the back of the houses, not on the front. I have a lawn with flowers on the front.
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@Shavkat (56925)
• Philippines
13 Aug
It is not common for us to have volunteer flowers in my city. But I love them to have them in the yard.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
13 Aug
We enjoy seeing anything grow here. Living in the woods, there are many surprises each year @Shavkat
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@bunnybon7 (35533)
• Holiday, Florida
28 Aug
we do. and we call them wild flowers. i think birds must spread this beauty around with their poo or so i have heard
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
29 Aug
Some that are volunteering to grow here come from bulbs @bunnybon7 We are wondering if these were dormant for several years and now growing again. No clue! Things are happening that we thought could not happen without help.
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@bunnybon7 (35533)
• Holiday, Florida
29 Aug
@PatZAnthony yes very strange.
@velvet53 (16145)
• Palisade, Colorado
14 Aug
It is so pretty. The only thing here is a pine tree that is dying and some lavender bushes. I always wanted to plant a variety pack of flowers. You know, the kind that has all different flowers in it. I bet it would pretty. Oh, I forgot about my irises. They were given to me but they didn't bloom this year.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
15 Aug
It seems the Irises here don't bloom every year. We don't take care of any of the flowers and just let everything do what they will @velvet53
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@velvet53 (16145)
• Palisade, Colorado
15 Aug
@PatZAnthony Maybe the one that I have doesn't bloom every year. I will wait and see what happens next year.
@DianneN (74492)
• United States
13 Aug
Yes, many, and I am very grateful for their volunteerism.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
14 Aug
We love what these do on their own @DianneN
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@DianneN (74492)
• United States
14 Aug
@PatZAnthony It is a pleasure to see with no work involved!
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@bluesa (13430)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
14 Aug
I have a delicious monster, a cactus and grass in my garden. But I am happy you have volunteer flowers growing in yours and now I know a new term for unknown flowers. :)
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
15 Aug
Someone with a commercial greenhouse told us that phrase years ago @blusesa We have always thought it was cute.
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@just4him (110243)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
14 Aug
That's a really pretty flower. When I had my house, yes, lots of violets and of course, dandelions.
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@PatZAnthony (12372)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
15 Aug
Dandelions are here too @just4him We let everything grow.
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@BelleStarr (37118)
• Portland, Connecticut
16 Aug
I do, I have lots of violets in the spring and other little purple flowers.
@dgobucks226 (10832)
15 Aug
I get some volunteer weeds like dandelions in my yard. Of course, there volunteer service is not unwanted, but they don't seem to listen to me On a serious note I do get some flowers that pop up which I never planted.