Prairie Rose gave me the idea for my Wildflower Wednesday post this month. What better way to celebrate Wildflower Wednesday than to contemplate the possibilites for the coming year? I've been collecting seeds for a couple of months and the crisper drawer in the fridge is full again.
Almost all of my Blue Flags have been grown from seed. Most are from a plant I got from Niche Gardens,
and some are from seeds purchased from Prairie Moon Nursery.
Carolina Bush Pea is easy to grow from seed and is a beautiful companion for roses.
I've grown dozens of Seashore Mallow from seed (both the pink and the white). In rich soil they even volunteer for themselves!
Bidens is also a great one to volunteer itself but I still collect seed and broadcast it in places where I want more of them.
I am not the biggest fan of red in the garden, except for a true red leaning toward the blue side, but there are many exceptions to this general rule and Hibiscus coccineus is one of them. Not only does it have elegant tropical-looking flowers over a very long time span, it is very, very tough. I moved several out of a ditch and after two years plants appeared from the remnants of the roots left in the mud to thrive and flower again.
Velvet Mallow has large silvery velvety soft leaves and pink flowers that are shy about opening all of the way. Late in the season however they did open fully and although a little chewed up they are lovely.
Gerardia is a wildflower that like Cardinal Flower and Blue Lobelia refuses to be cultivated in my garden; I just have to enjoy it wherever it pops up.
I've also grown dozens of Baptisias from seed although much patience is required; they don't bloom until they are at least 3 years old. The one below is an alba/ australis hybrid and the biggest seedling to date.
Baptisia 'Purple Smoke' (which is sterile and does not set seed) and Baptisia alba
Looking at these pictures makes me wish that spring was just around the corner again. Wishing you and yours the happiest of Thanksgivings, and please visit gail at clay and limestone for wonderful Wildflower Week.