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Name: Walter Fritsch Jr
Connecticut (Zone 6a)
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Aug 16, 2016 2:10 PM CST
|Two years ago I opted for a wildflower plot. The first year was great with a wide variety. This year is another story with was quite different with only maybe three different flowers one of which seem to take over the entire area. It seemed they took forever to bloom and once they did they were practically 5' tall and blocked out the rest. Well just last week I pulled everything out of the ground. Lately I have noticed a bunch of I DON'T KNOW WHAT. Would someone kindly advise what I have and had from the attached photos and what maybe what I should expect next spring. Thanks MUCH
?? Large Wildflower This Year
Aug 16, 2016 4:22 PM CST
|The problem with wildflowers is that the hardiest survive and crowd out the rest. The Coreopsis will win every time. I plant wildflowers in my yard but I choose mixes that don't contain certain plants (Coreopsis, Yarrow, Blanket Daisy, ) and instead choose mixes with smaller growers (Toadflax, Five Spot, California Poppies...). If you can't find a mix, buy packets of specific plants. And be prepared to reseed every year if you want certain flowers to come back.
#3 maybe Evening Primrose?
#4 I see some Bindweed and grass but the rest are too small to really tell.
Maybe instead of annuals that bloom once and are gone, you could opt for some perennial wildflowers: Lupine, Columbine, Foxglove... that will bloom longer and add a more consistent look to your garden. Then toss in the annual seeds to fill up the spaces.
Aug 16, 2016 8:06 PM CST
|I think it's somewhat of a myth that it's easy to establish a wildflower garden...
I would consider checking to see what perennial wildflowers grow (naturally) in your area, pick some that you like, and plant those. Maybe milkweed, black-eyed susan, coneflower, perennial bachelor button, monarda, yarrow, flax (I'm not actually sure that's a perennial, but it is a 'roadside weed' here), old-fashioned daylilies (aka "ditch weed" around here), and, as Daisy mentioned, lupine, columbine, and foxglove. Starting from plants -- either purchased or started yourself from seeds and grown for a year or two -- might also give you a better chance of them not getting overrun by the weeds.
I hope you'll keep us updated on your progress!
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Aug 17, 2016 11:47 AM CST
|Regarding the one kind of seedling that's most prevalent, does it feel somewhat succulent? Looks like Portulaca oleracea (purslane) or umbraticola (ornamental purslane/the other moss roses.) If that's not it, try adding a much closer pic.
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