We kept 3 large (1200 lb) round bales of hay aside last summer to use as mulch on the garden, and this weekend we finished the first one on our gladiola.
I’m reasonably sure this is wild chamomile, and I’ve been amazed at the number of teeny native bees that forage on its flowers. It’s really moving to see so much life in our fields.
We are experimenting with small beds outside our deer fence, and as the plants are growing well and haven’t been eaten to nubs I’m optimistc. From bottom to top we have crocosmia, liatris (also known as blazing star, a native prairie perennial flower) and a mixture of gladiola and my grandmother’s cosmos. Our strongest beehive is near the treeline.
This is a small section of sunflowers we are trialing with Takii Seeds. These are Sun Gold. They germinated very well and grew quickly, but they are attractive to insects (see the holes on the leaves) so I’m curious how they will do later in the season.
An amazing delphinium flower from a very small plant! We fertilized with worm casting twice and it responded impressively.