Volunteers

Thank you for all your responses regarding the Texas Sumac on our property.

It has been a very rainy summer here in the Hill Country, so much so that plants we never see, such as the Texas Sumac, have bloomed and prospered. We have also had a number of “volunteers” – plants that normally don’t make it through the summer because of lack of water.

Here is one. Below is a picture of our bird feeder. It sits in a bucket so we can move it to keep it away from squirrels and racoons who are smart enough to jump from trees to get to the food. Notice the plant in the bucket.

We normally get lots of sunflowers (because that is what we give the birds) popping up but, because of the normal lack of water, they die back. We did have sunflowers, but, as usual, they died back. The plant in the bucket did not.

At first, I thought – Oh, cool. We are going to have corn growing out of the bucket. It was not corn, though – it was sorghum. Had I known more about sorghum, I would have planted two acres of it. But, here it is, our one little sorghum plant.

This next plant, a tree, actually, is a mystery. It popped up two years ago, grew lilke crazy, and has gotten very large.

My initial reaction  was that it was Mesquite, but it does not have thorns, nor did it flower.

This year, despite not having flowered, it started to develop pods (beans).

This is very Mesquite-like but, again, no flowers and no thorns. I read, however, that there is something called the erect, thornless Argentine mesquite. It is a hybrid and, if this is our tree, I have no idea how it got here. Read more about this tree here:

Anyway, any ideas what it might be?