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A-Z Garden Tips: Deadheading Daisies

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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  1. Or D for Digging Out, lol. We've been excavating our flower beds from snow, in the order we expect them to start growing, the crocuses are now passing and the tulips are starting to raise up...

    But we do like to reseed with the deadheads too! Cone-flowers and some yellow thing that looks like a daisy but isn't (we can't remember but we keep them going bc they attract the yellow finches)...

    @Get Lost in Lit

  2. I'm visiting from the A to Z Challenge and love this post. It reminds me of all the gardening work to come. I get lazy sometimes about deadheading but it is a very necessary activity. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. I have never deadheaded our daisies; we have tons of them and I just let them whither away. I'll deadhead this year. Thanks!

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