In our last update back in May, only the Gaillardia (Blanket Flower) was blooming from our fall wildflower planting.
What a difference a few months makes!
In mid to late summer the bright yellow blooms of Yellow Coneflower and Black Eye Susan started popping up…the Black Eyes still remain vibrant (the coneflowers only lasted through August).
Right now many of the Gaillardia are still blooming though many of them are also going to seed.
In the “dead area” from our second wildflower planting only a single Black Eye Susan bloomed. So we tarped the area over again in August (except for the one flower), and recently reseeded it. We made a cool graphic of our wildflower seedings which we included with this post.
The wildflowers, from a Florida native beach wildflower mix, surprised us in that they grew so tall. We expected them to stay low and hug the ground like they do in the dunes. I’m not sure why they grew so tall here.
We thought that the wildflowers would be lower than the Society Garlic, which is planted behind them. But since they are so tall I think in the spring we’ll move the garlic to the front of the wildflower bed, and maybe mulch the garlic with oak leaves to keep the weeds out (such as they are in the Valley).
Everything we planted this year and last has survived with the exception of one Fountain Grass plant. In the spring we thought one of the garlic plants had died but it’s still there, hanging on and trying to get bigger.
The Fountain Grass we planted in early summer really benefitted from the bountiful rains we had this summer. Where last year’s crop had trouble getting established even with frequent watering, this year’s plants really seemed to thrive and even get bigger.
We’ll keep you updated as things progress!
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