A Walk on the Wild Side

The Wildflower Border at Cowlick Cottage Farm

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?

Wildflower I


This fuschia beauty pops against the green vegetation.

Wildflower II


And this ruffly yellow beauty looks like some type of marigold, but it’s growing much larger than any I’ve seen.

Wildflower III


I think this might be a variety of coreopsis. I love the deeper pink centers.

Wildflower IV


Judging from the coloration of this wildflower, I think it came from the campus at FSU.

Wildflower V


I love this spontaneous combination of deep pink, blue and white. The tiny white flowers are baby’s breath, but I don’t know the others.

Wildflower VI


Ain’t she purty? Do you think this is a poppy? I hope so!

Wildflower VII


Another lovely. What’s her name?

The wildflower border requires no care other than an occasional watering. It is so thickly planted, there are few weeds, and I just let them be. I love the impressionist look the border is starting to have from across the lawn, but it’s not blooming enough yet to photograph if from afar. I hope you enjoyed the closeups.
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