Thursday, August 17, 2017

Original Wildflower Gardens

I planted flowers in this area 18 years ago.  It used to be more formal gardens, we tended gardens in between customers all summer long.  After we retired from the greenhouse business we were both burned out and just let the gardens go “wild.”  We don’t water or fertilize or do anything special, what survives …survives!

sauna and wildflowers

Flowers by the sauna, Gaillardia out front and Ratibida out back with various other flowers. The Gaillardia is going to seed and is on my list for collection!

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Ratibida pinnata

small windmill and sauna

The small windmill.  You can see the sauna and my garage in the background.  The Liatris, Rudbeckia and Physostegia (Obedient Plant) are in bloom on this end of the gardens….along with some really tall Thistle.

Liatris in front of the Marge Grass

Liatris out in front with a sprinkling of Rudbeckia and Marge Grass in the background.

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This is a new arrival this year, it showed up on the edge of the Marge Grass. It is a Helianthus  or Woodland Sunflower.  A bird must have dispersed the seed into the area.  It is a native to Minnesota plant.  Not to mention one of my favorite flower colors!

Chancer in the wildflowers

Chance usually walks out to the gardens with me. When he was younger he would run the perimeter of the gardens and lay in wait for the ball.  Nowadays he doesn’t run, he will play ball on a good day but lays down with the ball after it is thrown once or twice.

I took these photos on Tuesday toward evening, yesterday (Wednesday) it rained all day.

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17 comments:

  1. I love the picture of Chance among the flowers.

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  2. Ohhhhh.... how beautiful. There's something about wild flowers that surpasses all others, in my book. I love your wildflower garden! xoxo

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  3. I do love wildflower gardens. Yours sure is pretty. Great picture of Chance amongst the flowers.

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  4. I repeat the above comments!! Love wild flower gardens. (Thanks for you kind comments on my blog.)

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  5. I wish I had someone like you to tell me the names of many of the wildflowers around me that I don't know. I just enjoy them mostly without knowing their names. Love that picture of Chance amongst the flowers. :-)

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  6. That's my kind of flower garden - lovely photos.

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  7. I can understand how someone would get burned out in the greenhouse business. It's labor intensive and very busy with customers.

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  8. I love wildflowers!! That is just gorgeous. And the picture with Chance in the midst--sweet! :)

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  9. That photo of Chance in the garden needs to be framed!

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  10. Love how the wildflowers have taken over and still bloom!

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  11. Beautiful flowers-love the look, especially love seeing Chance in the field of flowers.
    Hugs,
    Noreen

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  12. Nothing better than flowers blooming and no work was involved ;-)

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  13. Still looks lovely wild or not . Yes we have lots of the woodland sunflowers here by our river bank soo pretty they are . We finally have had a day of rain which was well needed so dry it was getting dusty in spots . Miggs is becoming slower these days to poor girl as she is to a senior dog and riddled with arthritis now poor things . Thanks for sharing have a good weekend !

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  14. What a lovely wild garden!! I really like the Woodland Sunflower. I'm fond of yellow flowers too.

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  15. Oh, what beautiful wild flowers! All of those would have to be cultivated here.
    We have had .02 inches of rain (that's 2 hundredths of an inch) since the 17th o June. Everything that is not watered is burning up.

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  16. I love wildflowers! I dont blame you for being tired of gardening. Pretty land

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  17. Barney is not doing so good anymore. His good days seem to balance his bad days. I don't know what can be done anymore.

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