Annuals forum: Wildflower Cover Crop?

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Name: Three guesses...
Decatur, IL (Zone 6a)
CindySue
May 21, 2017 5:39 AM CST
I came across a cover crop mix of "Midwest Wildflowers" which looks interesting.

I was thinking maybe if I got some of that, I could plant a small patch and then I could see what they do and which ones I like! What do you think? They're not all short. They have tall ones and short ones and all different colors or even just mixes of blue or red or whatever.

I remember seeing a cover crop mix with red poppies and yellow and then big tall purple flowers and it was beautiful. Made me want to run out into it and do that "Sound of Music" thing, LOL!
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
May 28, 2017 6:00 AM CST
That is a great idea!
Those mixes can give you an idea on which wildflowers grow well in your area. Then you can order separate varieties and make your own mix. Keep us posted as to how it turns out?
Name: kathy
Michigan
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
Cottage Gardener Lilies Organic Gardener
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katesflowers
May 28, 2017 4:40 PM CST
I am interested, too, @cindysue. We have 11 acres of [formerly farmed] acreage and yesterday my husband casually asked if he plowed, disked and raked the field, what kind of flower seeds would I plant? I almost fell off my chair. Good grief, I save seeds but I don't have nearly enough for that. Looking for suggestions. Annuals, perennials, it could even be a multi-year project.
"Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing." Shakespeare
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
Charter ATP Member Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Peonies Lilies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing
Bulbs Region: Canadian Garden Ideas: Master Level Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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CarolineScott
May 29, 2017 5:54 AM CST
You may want to check out American Meadows as they specialize in wildflower seeds and they sell them by the pound. Once you get a few established--they will reseed themselves.
Name: Three guesses...
Decatur, IL (Zone 6a)
CindySue
May 29, 2017 6:04 AM CST
katesflowers said:I am interested, too, @cindysue. We have 11 acres of [formerly farmed] acreage and yesterday my husband casually asked if he plowed, disked and raked the field, what kind of flower seeds would I plant? I almost fell off my chair. Good grief, I save seeds but I don't have nearly enough for that. Looking for suggestions. Annuals, perennials, it could even be a multi-year project.


Well HE'S a KEEPER, eh? OMG - I can just imagine - that's going to be AWESOME! Have you decided? There are SO many to CHOOSE from!!
Name: Three guesses...
Decatur, IL (Zone 6a)
CindySue
May 29, 2017 6:06 AM CST
CarolineScott said:You may want to check out American Meadows as they specialize in wildflower seeds and they sell them by the pound. Once you get a few established--they will reseed themselves.


And won't THAT be glorious!! They have such a huge selection, my head is spinning!

Name: kathy
Michigan
Zone 4b, near St. Clair MI
Cottage Gardener Lilies Organic Gardener
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katesflowers
May 29, 2017 10:55 AM CST
@carolynscott
Wow - thank you!
I'll keep you posted
"Things won are done, joy's soul lies in the doing." Shakespeare

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