WILD-FLOWER GARDEN

A wildflower garden has the most interesting sounds. One thinks about a long tramp in the forest, collecting materials, and then about the pleasures of repairing a real wild park.

Many people say they have no luck at all with such a garden. This is not a matter of luck, but a matter of understanding, because wildflowers are like humans and each has its own personality. What the plant has been accustomed to in Nature has always wanted. In fact, when expelled from his own living conditions, he got sick and died.

It suffices to tell us that we must imitate Nature herself. Suppose you are hunting wildflowers. When you choose certain flowers from the forest, pay attention to the soil they are in, the place, conditions, environment, and neighbors.

Suppose you find a dog tooth violet and a wind flower growing close together. Then put it in your own new garden. Suppose you find a certain violet enjoying an open situation; then it should always be the same. You see the point, don’t you? If you want wildflowers to grow in a tame garden, make them feel at home. Fool them into almost believing they are still where they came from.

Wildflowers should be transplanted after blooming time is over. Take your shovel and basket into the woods with you. When you take some, columbine, or hepatica, be sure to take with the roots some of the soil of the plant itself, which should be packed when replanting.

The beds where these plants will grow should be carefully prepared prior to your trip. Of course you don’t want to bring the plant back to wait more than a day or night before planting. They had to go to a new place at once. The beds need soil from the forest, deep and rich and full of leaf mold. The bottom drainage system must be very good. Then the plant should not enter the waterlogged soil. Some people think that all woody plants should have soil that is saturated with water.

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But the forest itself is not flooded. Maybe you need to dig very deep into your garden and put some rocks at the bottom. During this time the topsoil had to go. And on top, where the topsoil used to be, lay a new layer of fertile soil that you brought from the forest.

Before planting, water the soil well. Then when you make a place for the plants, put in each hole some soil belonging to the plant that will be placed there.

I think it would be a good plan to have a wildflower garden that provides a succession of blooms from early spring to late fall; so let’s start with march, hepatica, spring beauty and saxifrage. Then came April with beautiful columbines, little bluets and wild geraniums in her arms. For the month of May there are dog tooth violet and wood anemone, false Solomon seal, Jack-in-the-pulpit, wake robin, bloodroot and violet. June will provide bellflower, mullein, bee balm and foxglove. I’ll be picking gay butterfly weed for July. Let tortoise heads, daisies, Joe Pye weeds and Queen Anne’s lace make the rest of the season brilliant until frost.

Let’s talk a little about the likes and dislikes of this plant. Once you get started, you will continue to add to this list of wildflowers.

There’s no one who doesn’t like hepatica. Before spring really decided to come, this little flower stuck its head out and embarrassed everything. Tucked under a cover of dry leaves, the flowers wait for the warm sun to shine. This embryonic flower is further protected by an indistinct covering. It’s reminiscent of one of the similar protective coverings that new fern fronds have. In spring, hepatica plants waste no time getting new leaves. It makes the old do it until the flower has its day.

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Then the new leaf, beginning to believe before this, has a chance. It’s delayed, ready to help next season. You’ll find hepatica growing in clusters, sort of like a family group. They tend to be found in slightly open places in the forest. The soil is found to be rich and loose. So this should be done only in partial shade and under good soil conditions. If planted with other woody specimens it gives them the advantage of a slightly exposed position, so that they can catch the early spring sun.

I have to cover the hepatica with a bunch of light leaves in the fall. During the last days of February, unless the weather is extreme, remove this leaf cover. You’ll find hepatica flowers ready to stick their heads out.

The beauty of spring barely allows the hepatica to get ahead of it. With white flowers that have beautiful pink trails, thin, skinny stems, and narrow grass-like leaves, flowers.

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