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1st-Sep-2009 09:28 am
This past summer I had not-much-time to mow -- It would often be dark when I got home, or I'd get tired quickly, or the electric mower would run out of juice. This enabled the Queen Anne's Lace to take over. Not wanting to risk the ire of the neighbors, I mowed most of it down -- but have left a small plot (in the middle of the yard) that I'm thinking of expanding into a wildflower garden. (The spouse may have other ideas.)


There was another section I didn't mow -- there were 2 suspicious flowers there -- about knee-high, with a complicated green mass behind the bright yellow flowers. Just below the bird feeder.

I'm glad I shot that lousy picture with my phone, because when I went out there last night there were no more flowers. I know Debbie would suspect the squirrels, but I know I've got lots of critters, and none of them were caught red-handed.
1st-Sep-2009 04:40 pm (UTC) - Just a Suggestion:
Delineate these sections with edging or garden lumber (we had to seek out the 4 inch by 4 inch by 4 foot ones that we used for our square-foot vegetable garden).

That way, those neighbors who would have objected to the Queen Anne's Lace won't be complaining that you "missed a spot." And edging bricks work wonders in communicating "Save This!" when someone else intervenes with mowing. (I now have a lilac, where once I had a crippled stump at the end of a row of varied bushes.)
3rd-Sep-2009 12:02 pm (UTC) - Re: Just a Suggestion:
Good suggestion. Hadn't thought of "garden lumber". I was hoping to be able to find-or-buy rocks, but haven't found the right place yet. Figuring that they'll be pretty easily moved if I want to increase the size of the garden.
1st-Sep-2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
Your "suspicious" flowers (of what you suspect them, I do not know) are sunflowers of the oilseed variety. The same type farmed for sunflower oil for human consumption are sold as "black oil sunflower seed" for bird food mixes.

I completely understand your mowing plight. By this time of year I am tired of mowing. And it gets dark to soon after I get out of work. A wildflower garden would be wonderful for the wild life and for bouquets. But, flower gardens need attention just as grass does. That goes for wild flowers too.

Best of luck!
3rd-Sep-2009 12:06 pm (UTC)
The clincher for me was finding them directly under the birdseed, so sunflowers is what I had suspected. Although I don't know "oilseed" from other kinds.

I was rather hoping they'd get taller than knee high.

But, flower gardens need attention just as grass does. That goes for wild flowers too.
Everything takes time. I was hoping that the flowers would require less time-and-attention, or that it would be more enjoyable to provide that attention.
1st-Sep-2009 10:44 pm (UTC) - The critters are sneaky.
Those critters are sneaky. We had a garden when we were young and even with dogs, we would have a race between the wild things and us to see who got the food first. We rarely saw them but from the tracks (and the occasional wildly scented dog), knew we had raccoons, skunks, deer, and rabbits, as well as the occasional groundhog.
3rd-Sep-2009 12:09 pm (UTC) - Re: The critters are sneaky.
I'm sure I have coons. I've seen a possum. And there are zillions of squirrels, a few chipmunks, a few rabbits, a neighbor cat... But the one I can most easily suspect to bite the heads off of a flower are the squirrels.
3rd-Sep-2009 11:47 pm (UTC) - Re: The critters are sneaky.
I suspect the squirrels myself.
1st-Sep-2009 10:46 pm (UTC) - Queen Ann's Lace
Did you know that you can dye Queen Anne's Lace with food coloring? Just pluck the flower and place in a vase or cup with a few drops of food coloring in it. You can pick the color.
3rd-Sep-2009 12:09 pm (UTC) - Re: Queen Ann's Lace
I did not -- that's quite cool!
3rd-Sep-2009 11:44 pm (UTC) - Re: Queen Ann's Lace
It's one of the few things I remember from Girl Scouts.
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