Happy accidents are the best ever! Through serendipitous chance, amazing things happen in the garden when you least expect it, much like when Ami (- Southeast Florida Garden Evolvement) found orchids hiding in her bushes.
Today I was rummaging through the agapanthus island in the back yard (it becomes an island in the rainy season) and found that tropical christmas cacti had taken root and done well over the winter! These were plugged in amongst the lily of the nile after they were left out on the patio and dried out. The cactus' leaves detached as a result, so I laid them out in the soil and promply forgot about them. .I found that prayer plants made it over winter here too, but as soon as I uncovered them they got scorched by the sun. With that in mind, I left a light covering of pine straw over them until they reach the light at their own pace.
Another victim of neglect, the kalanchoe was left out on the patio all winter on its side and left for dead. Right after the coldest weather had ended, it started to flower. One stem was actually detached from the plant and flowering without soil, so I brought it inside for my mom.
It started to dry up without the humidity, so she put it in her window bud vase where it perked up immediately! Its been in that water for a few weeks and it doing great, even though kalanchoes hate wet feet. The colors even changed from red to pink!
These mums flowered two years ago, died, and were thrown into the swamp to decompose in the floods. In fall last year I found them coming back from the dead and flourished!
Click on the picture to the right and you'll find a prickly pear cactus growing in a live oak tree amongst the spanish moss and resurrection ferns, likely from a seed in a bird dropping years ago. This amazing anomaly can be found at Washington Oaks Gardens. One of my favorite "happy accidents" is when terrestrial plants end up growing in trees as epiphytes. Succulents are especially good at this, since the conditions are similar to a dry terrestrial habitat anyway. I've seen sedums, purple heart and pothos grown this way, as well as any variety of ferns. I've seen several sabal palm trees in the joints of live oaks with full trunks! The tree is just a natural pot after all...
What happy accidents are growing in your gardens?