In the garden: Morning poppies
I don't have to be the only one posting gardening pictures, as Dromaius has shown, so feel free to post away; the default size for pictures is bigger for posts than comments (because comments narrow as they nest). But herewith, the Rastafarian color spectrum:
Sheesh, it's hard to get poppies to hold still! This picture shows both the successes and the failures of this year's garden, at least with respect to flowers, or, to be less judgmental, things I would intensify, and things I would prefer to diminish.
In terms of stacking functions:
|Intensify||Bee balm||Perennial||Beauty; pollinators (including hummingbirds)|
|Intensify||Black-eyed Susans||Perennial||Beauty; pollinators (but not hummingbirds)|
|Intensify||Wildflower patch||Self-seeding annuals||Beauty; pollinators; cycle of showiness|
|Maintain or move||Beneficial weeds||Self-seeding annuals or rhizomes, e.g. Queen Anne's Lace, Goldenrod, Tansey||Pollinators|
|Diminish||Malevolent weeds||Self-seeding annuals or rhizomes, e.g. Quack Grace and whatever that stupid weed on the left of the photo is||Compost|
So, the photo shows two types of flower I wish to intensify: Poppies, a subset of the wildflower planting, and Black-eyed Susans. I need to be more clever about eliminating malevolent weeds from the wildflower patches, with as little work as possible (weeding, ick). But although sheetmulching the vegetable beds is an answer for that, sheetmulching a flowerbed is not, because the malovelent annuals self-seed along with the wildflowers. The only answer I can see is to sow wildflowers very very thickly -- or perhaps a mix of wildflowers and clover? -- but that could be expensive....