April 15, 2011

Planting a "Wild" Flower Garden

There is a long narrow strip of dirt in our front yard that just begs for flowers. I could design a landscape for it and fill it with perennials but I prefer a “wild” look. It’s easy to do, we get to see the flowers grow from seed, and it never looks the same way from year to year. It also provides the terrific spot for a summer nature study.

April is the perfect time – even in the colder climates – to plant flowers from seed outside. I documented the process we took to plant our garden three years ago. I share it here in hopes that you’ll gain your own ideas and inspiration for growing your own “wild” garden of flowers.

While we were busy preparing the bed, tilling the soil, weeding, etc. this toad hopped onto my oldest daughter’s leg and scared her half to death. I thought it particularly funny because my daughter’s nickname is Toad.

We let him loose and he promptly began burrowing himself down into the dirt. The 18 month old was so interested in keeping track of that toad! Our three year old was also fascinated by how the toad used its legs to burrow itself down.

Back to the flower planting, everyone got to choose one type of flower they wanted to plant. To keep the garden “wild” looking we mixed all the seeds together in a paper bag. We opened a bag of potting soil into a wheelbarrow, then poured all of our flower seeds into it. This year we are planting several varieties of daisies, sunflowers, marigolds, zinnias, poppies and other wildflowers. After pouring all our seeds over the potting soil we mix it really well.

After mixing the soil and seeds we spread it evenly all over our flower bed. This creates a “wild” flower garden, which I just love. There is no rhyme or reason to where the seeds fall.

We keep it watered and play the waiting game – for several weeks – until the seeds start sprouting. Now the fun really begins. We all learn to identify what each flower is by looking at the leaves.

(Marigold Sprouts)

(Poppy Sprouts)
Whoever spots the first bloom of the year gets a special treat!

(This year it was the sweet William)
Throughout the summer we continue to watch our garden grow and bloom.

Looks nice and "wild" doesn't it? Take a closer look and you'll find:

(peach zinnia, tiny daisies, zinnia)

(peppermint zinnia, purple wildflower, poppy)

(baby’s breath, pink zinnia, blue wildflower)

(coneflower, marigold, white zinnia)

It really is beautiful to see! Even the hummingbirds enjoy our “wild” flowers.

 Get excited for spring! Create a little spot in your yard for a “wild” flower garden.

Montserrat enjoys classical music, playing the piano, reading biographies, sewing, and playing a good game of Scrabble. She thinks spending time with her family is truly heaven on earth. You can follow her family's varied adventures at Chocolate on my Cranium.

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Sue Smith said...

What a fantastic way of planting flower seeds!!! Will definitely be doing this when the ground thaws out!!!

Thank you for the inspiration :)

shauna said...

I've been trying to figure out how to create an "authentically wild" wild flower garden and this answers my dilemma. The only problem is that this colder climate is expecting another 20 cm (or more) of snow before the end of the weekend! (Crossing my fingers that the weatherman is wrong. I'm craving sun!) I think we'll hold off on this project until we can see the dirt!

JRoberts said...

I saw this over at Heart of the Matter and thought what a wonderful idea. I showed my boys and they were all over that!

We are going to do that as soon as the ground actually can be worked. It is still pretty cold here. (and I can see I am not alone in that!)

Missy said...

Oh to the day when I have dirt. I love this sweet idea and the flowers are beautiful!