I love to plant flowers amongst the veggies. It just adds so much. My all time favorite has to be the Sunflowers. I like to plant them in groups of varying sizes and colors. There's just something about looking out in the morning and seeing them that puts you in a good mood right away. I think Sunflowers are happy flowers. This year I am adding the one in the pic, Teddy Bear. Love the name too.
One of my next favorites would be Hollyhocks. They are so representative of old farmhouses to me. At one time they were grown to hide the outhouses. When guest's came to your house they didn't have to ask where the outhouse was, they just looked for the Hollyhocks. Thomas Jefferson grew Black Hollyhocks. It's said it was his favorite flower after the Rose. This year, along with my other Hollyhocks, I am growing a new one called a Zebrina Hollyhock.(Thanks for the seed Duane) Pictured here on the right. You can see the striking difference from the French Hollyhocks on the right. Just a nice old fashioned flower that reminds me of a time when things were simpler.
Then there's the Morning Glories. I love the way this flower opens to greet the sun. It' climbs on just about anything from a fence to a flag pole. This is not my pic by the way. It attracts Hummingbirds too which is a plus. This year I will be putting in a mix of different colors.
I have a bunch of new varieties I am trying out this year so I will keep you updated on the ones I liked the most. I think flowers add so much to the garden it surprises me how many people never think to add them amongst there veggies.
1. Church 2. Blaby 3. Tres Cantos 4. Giant Belgium 5. Zelyone 6. OSU Blue or P20 7. Yellow Cookie 8. Roger's Best Black 9. Mr. Snow Dwarf 10. Summertime Gold Dwarf 11. Summertime Green Dwarf 12. Wild Fred dwarf
Tomato All-Star List
1. Goose Creek 2. Green Giant 3. Absinthe 4. Carbon 5. KBX 6. Champagne cherry 7. Black Cherry 8. Liz Birt 9.Chocolate Stripes 10. Fritz Ackerman Rl 11. Marmande Garnier Rouge 12. Blackberry 13.. Honeydrop cherry
Saint Fiacre was a holy hermit to whom people came in droves to learn more about the Christian faith. Concerned about their lack of food and shelter during their visits with him, he built a hospice and farmed the land to supply their needs. His hermitage is located in Seine-et-Marne, France. Feast day, Sept. 1st.
Prayer to St. Fiacre:
Saint Fiacre, intercede before God for all gardeners, that their gardens may produce well and be a place of peace and meditation. Amen