Monday, July 6, 2020

An unexpected gift of flowers

Last year I bought six flats of calendula plants, and planted them in our new vegetable garden. I thought it would be nice to have flowers and vegetables growing together.


and a few weeks later


I loved them and made bouquets all summer.



I wrote a note in my calendar to buy them again.

On May 30 this year, we wondered what was that ring of green?


We wanted to leave it because it didn't seem like any weed we had ever seen.

A month later, we saw it was a calendula patch!


I looked it up and calendulas are self-seeding! We considered thinning the patch but then thought we would let them grow as they would.

And what a success they have been!

Today's pictures




So, now I'm wondering will this happen again next year?!

22 comments:

  1. Well I just love this! What a great surprise and I'm glad you didn't thin them. I hope, hope they will come back next year.

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  2. How lucky is that?????

    Delightful!!!!

    And you have a gorgeous Header picture...

    šŸ’š

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  3. They are lovely, both on your table and the vegetable patch! I would have been surprised if they had NOT come back, unless you had pulled them all out at the end of last summer.

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    1. I would think so too except the winters here are cold. It feels like a minor miracle to me that such a thing would happen!

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  4. The only plants that reseed for me are ones I don't want. (Actually not true, but it seems that way.) I will have to try calendula.

    And I love the header photo of yarrow. I got some yarrow for the first time this year and have it in a pot and will either get more this year or next year. Mine are white and pink.

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    1. I have a blog post in my head to write about it!

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  5. What fun. You could move some here and there and have a wonderful supply of cuttings. I didn't know they would do that. I might try it next year. :)

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  6. Love this! And really like the red yarrow in your header - will you be able to dry some for bouquets?
    Mary

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    1. Isn't it just the most vibrant red ever!!! I probably won't dry it.

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  7. How lovely, Nan! What a nice surprise, too. I also love the yarrow in your header. Is the variety "Paprika?" Whatever it is, it's beautiful.

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  8. I've never heard of this flower but I love anything that is vibrant and low maintenance!

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  9. I've said it before and I'll say it again, you have the best blog header pictures. I love that yarrow I only have a white version.

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    1. Such a nice thing to say! I feared it was a bit blurry but I just love that RED! I have some white around but I always thought it was kind of a weed. I have a post in my head about how much I have learned about pollinators and how I changed the garden because of that new knowledge!

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  10. Oh yes, I am sure they will just re-seed. They are lovely!

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  11. What a wonderful thing to happen! I hope it's the gift that keeps on giving to you. Since this has been RH's year to work on a building project here instead of the garden, I am so thankful for all the plants that return each year.

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