(29) Thirty Days of Grateful Praise: Happenstance Flowers

Zinnias, cosmos, garden phlox, morning glories, and even a little cleome that hasn’t bloomed yet

It’s probably pretty obvious that I love flowers.   So much so that I’m willing to endure the inevitable pain that comes from the bending, kneeling, pushing, pulling work that gardening requires.  However, because of that pain, I do tend to choose flowers and shrubs that are easy to grow and that require a minimum of upkeep—flowers that aren’t particular.   In other words, I like hardy, sturdy plants that take care of themselves, blooms that don’t expect to be coddled.  Here at the Doublewide Ranch, we expect plants to pull their own weight.

So I have a particular fondness for plants that self-sow, flowers that toss their seeds extravagantly to the wind—-botanical spendthrifts.  And so it is around our place.  I have pots and flowerboxes that I merely have to water and occasionally fertilize because the flowers perennially reseed themselves.  Every single one of the flowers in these pictures were accidental blossoms.  The zinnias in the top picture I did round up and corral into the bed on the right after they ran amok in the walkway.

This always seems miraculous to me, although I know it can be rationally and scientifically explained.  Doesn’t matter.  Sometimes it’s enough to just to revel in the wonder of it and to be thankful.  I am so grateful for my lovely, self-sowing, fortuitous, happenstance flowers.

Good ol’ reliable petunias—these self sow every year.

These cleome grew right in the middle of the path. We were happy to step around them.

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9 Responses to “(29) Thirty Days of Grateful Praise: Happenstance Flowers”

  1. Betsy Adams Says:

    You and I must be sisters!!!!! ha…. I love flowers also—as you know, I’m sure… We love the ones in our yard —and we love to go places like Biltmore to see more of them. They just make me SMILE all over!!!!!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

  2. Vicki Lane Says:

    Oh yes! Volunteer flowers are THE BEST!

  3. Plowing Through Life (Martha) Says:

    I love plants that require very little help from me. They make gardening that much more appealing. And what would the world be without flowers?

  4. CountryDew Says:

    I love flowers, too, but don’t have that success with them. Occasionally I have volunteers but not often enough to count on. I have roses, which require a good deal of work, but mostly I can do that standing up and not stooping. I would love a perennial garden that requires little care, though.

  5. Jes Says:

    Flowers that do all the work for me are a definite plus in my book. Love your blooms!

  6. Darla Says:

    I adore and applaud your approach and gratitude toward “happenstance” flowers! Love this, Beth. :-) And the photo of the Cleome is wonderful; Cleome connect me with my dad … they were blooming with vigor in his yard the days of his passing and funeral, and I fell head-over-heels in love with them.

  7. Benjamin Says:

    My favorite part of this is “flowers that toss their seeds extravagantly to the wind.” It’s funny personifying it! :-D

  8. Clair Z. Says:

    Beth, we don’t have a lot of luck here in the desert with the kinds of flowers that I loved so much in our yard back in New Hampshire. However, hollyhocks here are a great success and I wasn’t able to grow them elsewhere. They happily self-sow and I’ve never had to plant any since the first seeds several years back. Our hollyhock “forest” is a stunner and stops the cars in the road now!

    I love visiting your garden.

  9. diamond rings Says:

    Superb blog! Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option?
    There are so many options out there that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any tips? Many thanks!

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