I spent a few hours on Saturday planting seeds for flowers. My methods are a little unconventional, so I want to explain a little.
One of my favourite parts of living in the the country has been having a little extra land. When we first moved in I planted bulbs in our front garden and patiently waited for them to grow the following summer. They never showed and I was sorely disappointed! This year however, several of the bulbs I planted two years ago showed up. I had assumed they had been eaten by chipmunks and had given up on them, yet, there they were. They just needed to rest for a year before blooming. What a nice surprise!
The first flower we saw this year was a pansy. I blogged about it here on March 10th. I never planted pansies (ever), yet they sprung up in several places in our flower beds this year. What a simple but beautiful surprise!
I have found many simple and beautiful surprises in our gardens: fresh dill I never planted, chives growing the our ditch, forget-me-nots, lily of the valley (also in the ditch) and other lilies too.
Just this weekend I found these:
Alright, so back to my planting...
I took all the flower seeds we had on hand (annuals and perenials) and mixed them with dirt before spreading them in random places around the perimeter of our yard. I grabbed the remains of some lupins with large seed pods and spread them around too.
We have taken to throwing all remains of flowers into the ditches bordering our property. I bring whatever is blooming in the ditches or side yards into the house and put them in a vase for us to enjoy. When they are done blooming, I throw them back into the ditch (in another location from where I found them) hoping they will reseed themselves for next year. I love the idea of this and think that if we continue doing this for a few years we will be able to enjoy different flowers every week. I have no idea what will end up growing, or really even, where it will grow, but that's half the fun of it!
I won't see the fruits of my labour this year, maybe not even next year, but when something surprising pops up, I won't have to wonder how it got there, I'll know I put it there!