Wildflower meadow

This is a wildflower meadow that Ning installed this spring. He covered the original grass with black plastic to kill off grass and weeds. That took a few months. Then he spread Pacific NW wildflower seed mix (outsidepride.com) and that's about it. I did add some non-wild poppy seeds to the mix, to see what happened. Now in mid-June, this is about 3 or 4 months after he spread the seeds. The honeybees, and bumble bees, are buzzing around happily.

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Comment by Daniel W on October 25, 2014 at 12:50pm

It's a bit scruffy now, but that's expected for fall.  Now there are some black-eyed-susans and cosmos in bloom.  Will be time to mow it soon.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 25, 2014 at 12:40pm

This is so pretty. My daughter has a meadow that could be managed this way. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 16, 2014 at 5:07am

From Daniel's list, the Cornflower - Centaurea cyanus is what we always called bachelor buttons.

Comment by Daniel W on June 15, 2014 at 6:18pm

That's a compliment!  You're welcome!

As the meadow evolves, I hope to include more photos.  This is its first year,, so I expect it will change with time.

Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 15, 2014 at 5:25pm

My new computer desk top picture!  So cheerful!  Thanks, Daniel. 

Comment by Daniel W on June 15, 2014 at 5:21pm
Barbara, go ahead. Im pleased you like it!
Comment by Barbara Livingston on June 15, 2014 at 5:14pm

Daniel, okay to copy your wildflower pic? 

Comment by Daniel W on June 15, 2014 at 5:07pm

I think that's right about the blue flowers being bachelor buttons.  I don't know all of the species - the mix contained... (from the outsidepride.com website for the Pac NW mix)

  • 1.5% Columbine - Aquilegia caerulea
  • 5.0% Cornflower - Centaurea cyanus
  • 8.0% Siberian Wallflower - Cheiranthus allionii
  • 3.0% Shasta Daisy - Chrysanthemum maximum
  • 1.0% Dwarf Godetia - Clarkia amoena
  • 1.0% Clarkia - Clarkia elegans (unguiculata)
  • 5.0% Chinese Houses - Collinsia heterophylla
  • 5.0% Lance-Leaved Coreopsis - Coreopsis lanceolata
  • 1.0% Plains Coreopsis - Coreopsis tinctoria
  • 3.0% Larkspur - Delphinium ajacis
  • 3.0% Sweet William Pinks - Dianthus barbatus
  • 5.0% California Poppy - Eschscholzia californica
  • 5.0% Blanketflower - Gaillardia aristata
  • 11.0% Annual Baby’s Breath - Gypsophila elegans
  • 11.0% Candytuft - Iberis umbellata
  • 1.0% Spurred Snapdragon - Linaria maroccana
  • 5.0% Blue Flax -Linum perenne
  • 8.0% Scarlet Flax - Linum grandiflorum rubrum
  • 5.0% Russell Lupine - Lupinus polyphyllus
  • 7.0% Baby Blue Eyes - Nemophila menziesii
  • 1.0% Globe Gilia - Gilia capitata
  • 2.0% Corn Poppy - Papaver rhoeas
  • 0.5% Black-Eyed Susan - Rudbeckia hirta
  • 2.0% Catchfly - Silene armeria

Plus I added some poppies and some anice hyssop for the honeybees.  The annuals make the big display the first year, then the perennials are more prominent the 2nd year.  The annuals continue to self - seed, I imagine.

Ning wants to continue expanding the meadow, so in the end we'll probably have trails of lawn grass going through what is mostly wildflower meadow.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 15, 2014 at 4:58pm

The bright blue flowers look like bachelor buttons.

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 15, 2014 at 4:55pm

Extremely beautiful.  That's my kind of flower garden.

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