What a Difference a Year Makes

Wildflowers on the hill

Last year I planted a mix of wildflowers from Wildseed Farms in several places around the property.  In particular I put down a patch on the hill leading down to the pasture.  The notion was a wild garden with little upkeep and care.  The results were everything that I could have hoped.  A distribution of flowers came forth with a variety of colors and blooming periods.    The latest Gardening Gone Wild Picture This Photo Contest for July has as a theme the Intent of the Gardener. The above photo of a wild palette of colors is my submission.

Now in the second year, with the heat and lack of water, the results from just leaving the flowers in place has been very limited.

Wildflower patch in the second year

Come to think of it, I need to go water the garden (again)…

3 comments on “What a Difference a Year Makes

  1. healingmagichands

    I think your intent is clearly expressed in that photo! I swear I planted the exact same wildflower mix a few years ago. It didn’t look as nice as yours, though, probably because it was planted in very poor soil and because I planted a strip 300 feet long and 20 feet wide it pretty much had to fend for itself!

    I love this picture. good luck in the contest.

  2. Elephant's Eye

    I’ll vote for your garden too. Such vibrant colour!

  3. Town Mouse

    Yes, I agree those wildflower mixes are tricky. I’ve had decent results using just one type of seed, with a focus on annuals that might be locally native (in my case, clarkias and california poppies), and that are known to reseed. Now in their 4th or 5th year, they are still going strong, though they don’t come close to the enticing mix of colors your photo shows.

    Good luck, love the photo!