On the 15th of each month (GBBD) many gardeners post photos of what’s blooming in their garden. I usually forget but remembered this month. – of all times(!) Temps are single digits, newscasters are warning not to go out. And nothing’s blooming out there anyway. The only thing left in my vegetable garden is a patch of kale. Everything’s under a foot of snow.
So I’m posting flowers I photographed from last year’s garden. This, as I stay warm and order next year’s flower seeds.
These are vegetable flowers, companions, or flowers I grow to attract bees.
The big sunflower was 15 inches across. Its a variety called Lyng’s Greystripe from Johnny’s. Its the biggest variety I can find and I’ll grow this one again this year. I grew anise hyssop from seed last year for the bees. This perennial did well and I think I’ll grow some lavender and hollyhocks this year.
And I’ll grow the basic vegetable companions, nasturtiums, marigolds and zinnias again. I’ll order several varieties of marigolds. Big ones to mix with my potatoes and small ones with the root vegetables. I’d like to grow Tiger Eyes and Burpee’s new giant French marigold, FireBall. Nasturtiums go with my squashes. I like the dark orange I had this year, but will add other colors this year. Probably Johnny’s Night and Day mix and Peach Melba. The zinnias attract the bees and add color. I can’t decide whether to get only bright purple or the mix. Decisions, decisions….