A flower gallery of our summer blooms in our little farmyard. With spring giving way to summer all of our early blooms have now finished their flashy beauty – including my peonies which I will miss until next year. Our dramatic purple and lavender irises only gave us two blooms this year (which surprised me as usually they are the first to bloom like crazy) but my peonies certainly made up for them. All of our crab apple, choke cherry and plumb trees were adorned gorgeously this spring and we are anticipating some lovely fruit later this summer. My grandma’s old flower garden never ceases to amaze me with its resilience and, every year, something else comes up that we hadn’t seen in years and, every year, I mark some flowers for transplanting into my own flower garden come this fall or next spring.
Eventually Grandma’s old flower garden will become just yard for us to mow so over the last couple of years I’ve been “saving” as many of my grandma’s perennials as I can. This spring Joe did a tremendous amount of yard work for us with a bob cat including tackling this old flower garden and ripping up countless trees that were becoming a nuisance. Joe had worried over it many times as he thought he would be essentially destroying all of the perennials in there as well. I told him not to worry about it and that turned out to be more then correct. All of that digging up from the bob cat actually seemed to be good for all of the bulbs and perennials planted in there as it all came back with a vengeance and we are seeing blooms this summer there that we haven’t seen in years! (Anyone who has had a yard taken over by lilies and irises will confirm: it is almost impossible to get rid of them once they’re there.)
But of course I am glad that they are here and blooming, especially the milk weed for the monarchs. I planted 500 milk weed seeds this spring in a section of our own flower garden by the house but it will be at least another year or two before they’re mature enough to do the butterflies any good. Besides the milkweed I also planted 1,000 Minnesota wild flower seeds that I purchased on Amazon (click here to check them out) and many of the pictures here are of those. I don’t know the names of the majority of them but I am in love with the little red flowers and am really excited to see more and more different blooms coming in throughout the summer. I planted them in among all of my grandma’s perennials that I’ve moved in there over the last couple of years. Her Iris, her lilies of the valley and her tiger lilies are doing really well where I moved them! *phew!*
With the wild flowers and Grandma’s perennials I planted my little flower garden is becoming a riotous of low maintenance green that I absolutely love. If you spot known “weeds” in there it is because when everything was growing in I had no way of knowing the difference between a wild flower and a weed lol so all we did was pull out what was obviously grass and, after that, we just let it do its thing.
You can see the “Virginia Creeper” vine I transplanted from the woods doing almost “too” well. One of my failures this spring was that I wanted to run fishing line from the tops of our trellises all the way up to our eves so the vine would have a lot more to climb on and, eventually, cover the whole wall. Oh well, it will just have to wait until this fall or next year I guess 🙂 Most places online classify Virginia Creeper as a predatory weed that is impossible to get rid of. Well, that works for me, as I want this wall covered and because we live in northern MN we really have such a short growing season that it really can only go so far. Eventually (ya know, when we’re bored! lol) I plan on digging up every vine I can find (its all over in the woods here) and planting it all along the privacy fence we have along the road, I just love the idea of the whole thing covered in vines. What is also neat about Virginia Creeper is that it turns an astounding bright neon red in the fall.
Our little vegetable garden is beginning to flourish giving us a whole bunch of peas so far with promises of cucumbers, tomatoes and green beans eventually. Like with everything here it is a lesson for me on what to plant and where etc. Every year I learn something and, like everything else, every year I get a little bit better at this whole “having a home” thing.