Saturday, July 26, 2014

Flower Beds

I like my gardens to be beautiful so I interplant them with flowers.  The flowers are great for attracting beneficial insects which need nectar when they are adults and feed on pests when they are larvae.  I also have lots of flowers beds with shrubs, perennials, bulbs, and annuals.  My goal this year was to have time to keep my flowers deadheaded.  I'm a little behind on this but will get to it next week.  Lots of my perennials are in need of being divided and will be looking for loving homes next spring where their beautiful will be admired and enjoyed.  I've posted come pictures of some of my flower beds.  Hope you enjoy them.

Warm Color Bed

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Part of tiered landscape

When I prepare a flower bed I do it just like a garden bed-  add compost and a dry organic fertilizer.  In early spring I add my dry organic fertilizer mix and compost on the tops after cleaning out the beds.  I don't do much else expect try to give fish emulsion to new annuals and perennials.

Hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees are frequent visitors.

Double Enchinacae

Blanket Flower

Salvia a favorite of bees

Day Lily

Love this variety of snapdragons.  They are 2 feet tall.

Campunula, Larkspur, and Shasta Daisey

Campanula a great  perennial that grows in mounds and is about 18 inches high and blooms mid summer


Catananche a favorite perennial.  The flowers close in the evening.  It is self sowing.

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