Last week the flower garden was polite looking. All the flowers were just starting to bloom and they were upright and well weeded. We went away for a few days, there was a couple big rains and a bit of wind and some balmy weather. There is no politeness to be found out there now. It is a mass of tangled chaotic beauty and I love it.
I have never had a flower garden. Flower seeds and baby plants have been placed in the ground many a year but have seldom thrived for whatever reason – until this year. Marigolds usually don’t even do well for me as I have stated previously. They have made a fool of me this year by overrunning the place!
My brilliant plan was to set up a sixteen foot cattle panel, acquire a couple buckets of aged chicken manure from Adrian’s stash of about a gazillion tons in some old chicken barns on his place and purposely plant a few giant sunflower seeds, a few Mexican sunflowers and broadcast all the really old outdated flower seeds that never grew for me. We did all that. The marigolds were the first thing to cast concern on my flower deprived psyche.
Hundreds of marigold seeds germinated and grew. All the giant sunflowers and Mexican sunflowers sprang forth. The little marigold and ageratum plants I purchased to seed some color in case nothing else worked took hold. Then they cowered. Then they kind of came up at it again. Now they are buried in a riot of falling and blooming Mexican sunflowers too numerous to count. The marigolds have been thinned and thinned. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to pick a perfectly healthy plant and throw it away?! Shaking my head… I cannot believe how many of them I disposed of. And there are still too many and all crowded together.
A few zinnias came up, easy enough for me to identify, but nothing else. Unless I thought it a weed and pulled it which is perfectly possible. There is some vining thing that looks like it might be a flower but no buds yet. Time will tell. There is also a mullein but I’m not sure it can keep up. And some cucumbers because I read they like to be planted with flowers. But they too are lagging behind the effusive mangle of floral wealth in that space.
This is what an effusive mangle looks like…
Next year I will plan a little more carefully and put in less seeds. Although I imagine the marigolds will self sow and try to dominate everything again. I also imagine some blue vining flower… what is the name of that…?
Happy gardening! And look for the June garden update soon. It has been a busybusy month around here!