Tuesday, May 6, 2008

What's Bloomin'?

Pictured here are the first wildflowers to bloom in our spiral wildflower path. These sweet little Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila insignis) are a hardy annual, native to California, but easily grown throughout the US. I bought the seed from Wildseed Farms (wildseedfarms.com) in Texas. They offer a Texas/Oklahoma wildflower mix which has done very well for us. Also blooming now are dainty toadflax (Linaria maroccana) which look like miniature snapdragons, lovely baby’s breath (Gypsophila muralis) and African daisy (Dimorphotheca aurantiaca) in neon yellow and orange. We didn’t get the seed planted until March, which was pretty late. Planting in the fall, which I prefer, means you don’t have to water it as much, and the flowers will get established and bloom earlier.

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