While we mostly grow organic vegetables at Cowlick Cottage Farm, we try not to be one-dimensional. Knockout roses, daylillies, hydrangeas, jasmine, clematis and ginger all have a home here, too. They don’t get nearly as much attention as the tomatoes, okra and squash do, though. So when I plant flowers, they need to be able to hold their own against our summer stresses…heat, drought, heavy rains, and humidity. Sometimes all at once. Just taking care of the veggies keeps me busy during gardening season.
This summer, though, I am experimenting with a wildflower border. I spent about ten dollars to buy a giant bag of mixed seeds. My gardening hubby was sweet enough to till up a 60-foot border between our driveway and the fence. Then he installed sprinkler heads along the back of the border, using some old plumbing stuff we had stored in the shed. Voila. A ten dollar border garden!
There is only one, little problem. I foolishly threw away the seed bag that identified all the different flowers in the mix! And now I want to know their names. Because they are so beautiful, and they are doing a wonderful job of attracting lots of beneficial insects to the farm. Are you a wildflower expert? Can you help me identify these flowers?