|Elephant Head Amaranth. Photo by Lyle Steele Custom Gardens.|
If you’re too young to know who the other LBJ is here's a link to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center near Austin, Texas: http://www.wildflower.org.
It’s well worth a few minutes of your time to learn about the legacy of one of our country’s great environmentalists. She also wore great hats. Now there’s a lost art. The center sells seeds. Purchasing from them will get you started with wildflowers and will also help further their mission of restoring wildflower populations throughout the country. Wildflowers are natural self-seeders generally.
But the same garden year after year is, well, a bit boring. Self-seeders solve that problem. They add an element of caprice that cannot be planned no matter how many hours you spend making lists and reading Spontaneity A to Z. Nature is smart so let her have a little fun. Plant a few self-seeders and let them seed. In the spring edit them. Leave one of this here and two of that there. The result will surprise and delight you. Everyone will be amazed. And you can take all the credit. No one need know. Every gardener deserves his little secrets. . (Don’t tell anyone but those beautiful blue poppies in my garden come right out of the spice rack. They’re just Hungarian bread poppies. You can buy a ginormous containers of them from the spice booth at the street fair for $2.00.)
SOME OF THE BEST
|amaranth blossom by HardyPlants|
California Poppy: Eschscholzia Californica
|California poppies at Antelope Valley|
Reserve. Photo by Vsion (2003).
|Thymophylla tenuiloba by Miwasatoshi|
Dahlberg Daisy: Thymophylla Tenuiloba
Langsdorff Tobacco: Nicotiana Langsdorffi
Nigella: Nigella in Variety
|Talinum Paniculatum by Hardyplants|
Buenos Aires Verbena: Verbena Bonariensis
|Verbena Bonariensis by Frank Wouters|