Although I am getting somewhat comfortable with growing vegetables from seed, growing flowers for me it’s a different story. The only flowers I have successfully grown from seed are Marigolds; and all the credit here should go to the Marigolds. Marigolds self seed in my yard and they happily come up when they are ready and grow into bright little bushes. So, last season, in an effort to attract more pollinators I bought an Avens (Geum) plant. I planted it and quickly forgot about it as the vegetables demanded all my attention. This year, as I was clearing the dead grass and tree leaves from the veggie patch, I was surprised to find the Avens plant alive. I cleared the weeds around it and fertilized it. This is what it looks like right now:
Encouraged by the survival of the Geum, this season I bought some more perennials. Here’s my Butterfly Bush:
And this sorry looking thing is King Edward Yarrow:
Hopefully, they will all grow and bloom for me. My strategy for selecting these perennial plants was simple: If it said ‘perennial’ in the tag and it had a little picture of a butterfly, it made it in the flat. Incidentally, these suckers were EXPENSIVE. The cheapest one was $5.00 American dollars! If I am going to stick to growing flowers, I really need to learn how to grow them from seed!
Also, I am very excited because this year I get to buy a new camera. Yay! All the blurry and horribly composed photos in my blog have been taken with a 6 year old (Update: my wife reminded me that the camera is really 8 years old), point-and-shoot camera. I know, I know, you make a picture and thus the bad photos are mostly due to my lack of talent HOWEVER, It’s a new camera man! I am looking at the new 4/3 micros. These guys have interchangeable lenses and work like an digital SLR camera but they have no mirror box so they are more slender and lighter than your usual digital SLR. I am looking at an entry-level model because I don’t have too much money to spend. Right now, the Olympus pen E-PL1, is my top choice but I am still looking