What flowers are you growing this year? I'm getting ready to sow a large amount of various flower seeds this year around my wild homestead. The goal is to provide all sorts of habitat for beneficial insects (which will help keep pests under control and ensure pollination), provide a harvest (some edible, some for cut flowers), improve the soil (nitrogen fixing, taproots, general support for soil life), provide a living mulch, increase overall diversity and of course for simple beauty!
Here is what I'm growing this year:
- Medium red clover (nitrogen fixer)
- Calypso Cilantro
- California Poppy
- White Alyssum
- Blanket Flower
- Wild Bergamot
- Bachelor Button aka Cornflower
- Lacy Phacelia
- Western Yarrow (white type)
- Shasta Daisy
- Basket of Gold Alyssum (different species from white alyssum--yellow, evergreen and perennial)
- Common Woolly Sunflower
- English Daisy
- Lupines (nitrogen fixer)
- Iceland Poppies
- Miners Lettuce
My hope is that a lot of these will start to volunteer and spread all on their own. Though I will likely add more overtime as I expand my growing areas. Luckily, I can collect seeds in the future and I won't have to buy as many as I did this year. Should be great and I will share some pictures once they all start blooming later this year.
I also have a bunch of shrubs and trees that flower and various flowers that are already growing but these are the ones I'm getting ready to sow between today and May this year.
So what flowers are you growing? Any new ones flowers this year?
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Diane Kistner wrote:My very favorite is garlic chives. I've seeded it all around the edges of my pathways.
My arugula from last year is blooming now and bees and lady bugs are enjoying it.
Hansen's bush cherries, rose of sharon, horsemint, jerusalem artichoke, forsythia, crossvine, orange daylilies
I've got perennial lupines popping up now, plus borage blooming. Others planned:
Scarlet runner beans
Mother of thyme
That's great! Thanks for sharing--I have some regular chives growing and been planning on trying garlic chives. I forgot to mention that I did plant some daylilies too. I'm excited to have them growing. I grew up with daylilies and while I didn't know they were edible back then I always loved looking at them and it will be fun to share daylilies with my kids :)
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