Last autumn we scraped a plot in the field near our house in order to rough up the soil. Then we scattered wildflower seeds. Over the last few years, I had accumulated several mixed seed packets from different sources. Most were free from meetings.
Because we had some rain in late fall and in the spring, some are blooming now. Hooray.
The small light purple bloom close to the ground is the only wildflower that we see consistently every year. That is Sweet William or Prairie Verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida).
The one seed package I bought was American Basket Flower (Centaurea americana) from the Native American Seed company in Junction. Some nursery catalogues sell them as Powder Puffs or Sweet Sultan.
Basket Flowers look a little like Thistle but without the prickly stems. They are also more desirable. The flowers are 2 to 3 and half inches wide on a strong stem. They bloom from May to August.
As I was walking back to the house, I noticed one of the old fashioned irises planted in this field has a seed pod. It’s possible to plant the seeds, but the chances aren’t good that it will be same color flowers or as big. To propagate irises, it’s better to dig up the bulbs and separate them.
Pods needs to be removed so that the plant will focus its energy on the roots and other parts.
I’m tickled that the wildflower patch is doing well.
“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.” Proverbs 22:1