I usually don't grow flowers. Most of my resources (money, time, water, care) go toward vegetable gardening, since that is what will (theoretically) benefit us the most. But I realized last year with my poor squash harvest that attracting pollinators is a crucial part of gardening, which usually involves growing flowers of some sort. So this year, I have embraced flowers. I have planted rose bushes, tickseed coreopsis (which is much cuter than it sounds), butterfly bush, salvia, and milkweed. I also allowed 1 of my broccoli to flower, and that's been the biggest attractor of honeybees for sure! Along with a marigold border to keep pests away and beautiful (but small) lavender blooms, the garden and yard is blooming upfront! In the backyard, I have 2 Lacecap hydrangeas that are beautiful! I didn't realize that there are 2 types of hydrangeas, so I assumed that for whatever reason, my blooms weren't filling in. So when I went to troubleshoot this via my good friend the Internet last week, and discovered this lesser-known variety, I was thrilled that nothing was wrong!
Today while doing some weeding and pruning in the backyard (a weeding holocaust is coming for the plants by the creek), I decided to bring some of the beauty inside, so I clipped a few flowers and brought them inside!
And, of course, I took some pictures.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that I ate the first raspberry off our bushes yesterday. It was...COMPLETELY DELICIOUS!!!!!
Broccoli, lavender, rosemary
Same bloom, with flash...
without flash. Crazy, right?