This is mostly a theory but I have found that if you just take the dead flowers and sprinkle the seeds where you want them to grow in a couple of years you have more flowers. Seems reasonable enough. As we all saw in the last post, I usually let the gardens just die off naturally. I don’t usually get in there and dead head everything when the time is right. so this time of year and until you cut them down most of these flowers will just stay there and be carcass of a flower still full of seeds. If you just leave them completely, eventually they fall over and just propagate right there, unless of course you use a landscape carpet or lots of mulch. I don’t see this method of propagating the flowers used very often. It does invite a lot of weeds. Fortunately its my garden and I get to decide what is a weed. Technically aren’t most of the flowers we put in our garden a weed. Black eyed Susan and daisy two of my favorites line the highways and median strips. Maybe they were put there, but I don’t think so. Although there is a stretch on route 50 where I swear someone dumped the best wild flower mix ever.
So back to harvesting. One of the things that happens as I clip these flowers heads off for the very last time and steal their seeds from the near by area, I end up with these cute little dried flower bouquets. I don’t usually do anything with them. Sometimes one, I particularly like, might make it on the front porch till it gets blown down one too many times. But what I have always wanted to do, is give them away. Tell you what you are getting and what to do with it and how long it will take for a flower. In these pictures I have a Yucca, which the name just makes it the best plant ever. So fun to say. Yeah that’s a Yucca.. Yucca.. well the stalk that grows out of that thing is enormous and the little seed pods open up like little flowers. Almost orchid like.
I also have a lot of Echinacea or cone flower as most know it. These end up just looking like little cones, and honestly I have no idea if there are any actual seeds in there. Thus why I have never given them away. So this year I think I am going to actually plant these guys and care for them like I would tell someone and see what happens.
Another unexpected beauty was the butterfly bush. I have yet to prune that thing to get it to its 8 feet of gloriousness. We will see this year. I only cut off the branches that looked like they were in trouble. It was already pretty green. I hated to cut any of it. I also butcher another forsythia (tip rooter). I only want it to stay where it is if it is going to be small.
I almost forgot the trees I have, that should actually be good in this garden. I have two three year buckeyes that should have been given away. And I am crossing fingers for … a red bud. One of my favorite flowering tress. They are “shit” trees according to my neighbor. They are under growth trees.. The don’t usually do all that well in the wide open, they fall over.. Like mine did. It is still growing like a huge tree vine in the middle of my side yard, which will eventually be the back drop for another garden.
I am so glad tonight was still pretty enough all the way till it got to dark to see to get some good work done in the garden.
As you can see by the last slide, the wind was not my friend…