Cottage Wildflower Garden Update

A few (cottage) seasons ago I told you about my plans for a wildflower garden at our cottage. This is an update…

The first set of evergreens (pine and spruce) we planted a few seasons ago have grown even though gypsy moths have persistently tried to hamper their survival.

cottage wildflower garden backdrop of newly planted evergreens
Spruce and pines

The most recent set are coming along well too; they love the full sun and lots of space to grow…

cottage wildflower garden backdrop of newly planted evergreens
Newest evergreen plantings

After a few arguments with hubby over what grass to cut (he likes the manicured city lawn look, I prefer a more natural look here) we compromised with some of each. To mark my territory of where I want the cottage wildflower garden, I trampled down the grass to create a “line” he was not to cross with the lawnmower. You can barely see it on the right side of this picture, but he saw it and that’s what counts.

Cottage Wildflower Garden outline
Wildflower ridge…coming soon!

The area is not very garden-friendly, sloped with sandy soil enhanced (not) with salt and bits of gravel from the road.

Cottage Wildflower Garden inhabitants
Wildflower ridge coming soon!

Unfortunately many of the seeds I spread over the past few seasons migrated to the designated lawn area. The soil is very sandy in this neck of the woods, so removing the errant plants and transplanting them to wildflower ridge was easy.

Wildflower ridge is now chock full of daisies, black-eyed susans, malva, white and pink achilea, Queen Anne’s lace, viper’s bugloss, and milkweed. My cottage wildflower garden is coming to life!

The milkweed attracts monarch butterflies. They lay eggs on the leaves which hatch into caterpillars (you can see 2 in the picture above) which in turn morph into more monarch butterflies.

Next to come (from my gardens) are monarda (AKA beebalm), phlox and flax, perhaps coneflowers and butterfly weed.

The next spot I plan to transform is the shadier slope at the water’s edge. Stay tuned for more details on that project!

This is a much shadier site, so will require some research to find suitable new occupants.

Please let me know if you can think of any other plants I can add to either site. I prefer natural looking (no city slickers allowed) perennials.

I am hoping the bees and butterflies like my cottage wildflower gardens as much as I do!

Mid-July Blooms in Gardens4me

Those lily trees I told you about in a previous post have now popped, adding incredible colour and fragrance to my mid-July Gardens4me gardens.

mid-July lily trees
lily trees and monarda
mid-July lily trees
mid-July lily trees
aren’t they gorgeous?

Also in bloom, this time of year are drought-tolerant perennials in every colour of the rainbow. The filipendula sprays are turning from white to their signature pale pink, the monarda is still going strong, and the delphiniums are bluer than blue. Reblooming daylilies are still showing off as well…

The annuals I planted in containers and bare spots in the garden are also still blooming well in mid-July.  I always choose annuals that offer interesting foliage as well as flowers. For these containers, I use colours that are opposites (contrasting) on the colour wheel for maximum effect. This way you get pops of colour; for example, look at the purple next to the orange in this first picture:

Now I’m hoping for some rain to help me keep all these blooms hydrated. Stay tuned for the next batch of pictures from Gardens4me. My next Gardens4u project will be completed soon as well, will be sure to post pictures of it too.