Now that I’ve trained my husband to cut the grass properly around it, my wildflower ridge is blooming….
Queen Anne’s Lace
Queen Anne’s lace is dominating right now; I may have to selectively remove some of it next season if it takes over the other wildflowers.
I love the white lacey flower heads that ruffle in the breeze. Queen Anne’s lace were my mom’s favourite wildflower, so they are obviously now one of my favourites as well as a sentimental touch in this garden.
I also have a patch of Queen Anne’s lace closer to the cottage interspersed with black eyed susans, my mother-in-law’s favourite. I love this random patch as it reminds me that both of these wonderful women are always nearby. In spirit only unfortunately.
Globe Thistles or Echinops
Thriving within wildflower ridge are the vibrant blue globe thistles, AKA echinops that I planted from seeds last fall.
Slower to thrive in wildflower ridge are the wild chicory plugs I pulled from the roadside on a trek back to the city. It’s a good thing I picked them when I did, this weekend they have all been cropped off.
A member of the daisy family, the pretty cornflower blue blossoms of wild chicory are quite common along the roadsides here in Eastern Ontario.
The chicory roots were only recently transplanted in my wildflower ridge though, so I may have to exercise some patience with them.
Not so Wild Cultivars
Mingling nicely with the wildflowers indigenous to this area (those mentioned above as well as daisies, vipers bugloss, milkweed, pink thistles, and achillea) are some not-so-wild, cultivars. These all love full sun conditions and are hardy to zone 3. Coneflowers, malva/mallow, yellow daisies, monarda, and even the recognizable leaves of a holly hock have sprouted from the seeds I collected and sewed over the past few seasons…
I’ve used a combination.of seeds collected in the fall and root plugs from the roadside. For obvious reasons the root plugs offer quicker rewards.
To keep our local bees and butterflies content and thriving, it is important to choose native wildflowers (ones that you see growing naturally in your area) for your gardens.
Wildflower ridge is coming alive bloom by bloom; next season should be awesome!!