Friday, March 8, 2013
I've always wanted a wildflower garden like this. I've never had much luck sowing wildflower seeds, but I keep doing it anyway. I know the main reason I don't succeed -- you have to plant them in an area that is truly wild and then leave it alone. No fertilizer, let the rain take care of its moisture needs after the initial planting, and then for heavens' sake, don't mow it! That is the big culprit. Sometimes there is miscommunication between my husband, the mower, and me, the planter. It's also difficult to keep myself from pruning and organizing. If you want your wildflower area to look wild, then you have to allow the weeds to grow along with the flowers. In this way, it becomes a carefree garden. And, ecologically, it just makes sense.
Recent, I ordered a Midwest Wildflower mix from American Meadows. ( This is not a plug, just stating the facts.) It comes in a cute little burlap bag and claims to be 100% pure seed. I won't know that for sure, if I don't weed, but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.
My seed bag has such a large variety of seeds, I couldn't believe it. Some are annual, some biennial, and some perennial. Here's what was included:
dwarf candy tuft
baby blue eyes
purple, prairie clover
I am so ready for spring, it's unbelievable. I am as excited as a young girl dancing in puddles on the last day of school.. Yahoo!!!!
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