As part of our landscaping project, we decided to plant some wildflower seeds. We didn't know quite what to expect at the time. The photo on the package showed sunflowers, black-eyed Susans, cone flowers, lupine, and a few others I've yet to identify.
For a while, nothing seemed to grow. We planted more seeds in a different spot in the back yard, and then suddenly, in the original area, we had plants coming up. Frankly, some of the plants looked like weeds, but, unlike the dedicated flower beds, I decided not to weed them for fear of destroying that which we were hoping to cultivate. I didn't want to risk losing any potential wildflowers. Now, we have blooms...bright yellow blooms! Blooms that look like poppies, and blooms that look like daisies. Delicate blooms and not-so-delicate blooms, and yes, even some that I can identify as true weeds.
So, of course, I decided to get of the weeds, but in the process, I managed to pick a few poppy-like blossoms of deep saffron. I was devastated because I had tried to be so careful, and yet, I still inadvertently pulled some of the flowers from their plants. Having picked them, I chose to put them in a vase although I fully expected them to quickly wilt and wither. I had always been told (and had seen for myself that dandelions don't fare well when picked for a mother's bouquet) that wildflowers generally curl up and die quickly. However, Rob and I were pleasantly surprised when the blossoms closed up the first evening and re-opened themselves the following morning, repeating the process again yesterday.
We have had more than two days of wildflower beauty gracing our home, and only this morning have the petals of the flower begun to fall to the table.
In the meantime, we also have had a thunderstorm with high winds. Several of the black-eyed Susans' stems were bent and broken. Knowing that they would not recover from the storm's damage, we purposely cut the stems and put them in a tall water carafe. They now serve as the centerpiece for the table on the back porch, and are doing well, too. We wouldn't have domesticated these flowers otherwise, but they do add a sport of color and brightness to our house.
Queen Anne's lace, blue chicory
mirror the sky
Causes Nancy Smith Supports
Doctors without Borders
American Diabetes Association