Two years ago I came across a plant at the Farmer's Market called a Curly Sedge. I'd never seen it before and bought it because it was so unusual.
It's kind of wiry, twisty green spiky plant. I bought it in a 3 gallon container and was told to keep it wet. You water it like a bamboo, keeping the water brimming along the top.
Well, it was summer and I'm not always good about maintaining my plants when it gets super hot. If I close and I forget to do it in the morning--well, nothing gets watered and my flowers make sad, wilty faces at me when I return home.
The curly sedge didn't fair well that summer and at the end of the summer, I just dumped it under my gutter. I thought well, maybe it will do better with the water rushing down on it.
Fast forward two years and I'm weeding along my patio and I come across this wiry grass. To be honest I wasn't sure at first what it was because they were little small clumps. I just thought it was weird. Then I came across a bigger one with the more distinct the twistys and I knew that my curly sedge had gone wild. And not anywhere near where I had dumped it off.
Instead of being up by the house, the plant had migrated to the end of the patio and began again. I think the unusually wet winter, spring, and beginning of summer helped. I know you're thinking "unusually wet?" in the Pacific NW. Yes. All the rain you guys weren't getting, we were and it sure seemed more than usual.
I think the tale of the curly sedge is a lot like editing. You're going through all the weeds to find the treasures--the little curly sedges. You're surprised because you don't even see it coming, but there they are--waiting for you through the rain and emerging in the rebirth of spring.