Spring is finally arriving – for real. And I can hardly wait until my perennial flowers begin popping up all over the garden. I’ll add some annuals too.
And before long, buds will appear and turn into blossoms. Then the deadheading will begin, as those blossoms start to wither.
Here’s a little secret about deadheading.
I don’t discard the deadheads on lots of my flowers.
Flowers with sturdy blossoms (like Gerbera and ShastaDaisies, Coneflowers, and similar picks) can become reseeding volunteers in the garden. So I trim off the dead heads on each stem with my gardening clippers or pruning shears and then shred the caps all over the garden. That makes the seeds fall wherever they may.
And lots of them do seed themselves and become new plants.
Sure, this is a pretty random way to strew seeds. The resulting flowers do not appear in formal rows of patterns. But I like my garden to be full and intriguingly jumbled. The greatest gardening compliment I have ever received was when a friend strolled through my yard one summer day and said it looked like a Monet painting.
And the deadheading helps, because I love having a lot of flowers and a lot of color, but I also love not having to spend a fortune on flower garden seeds or nursery plants.
Daisies by Erin Silversmith
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