|Dr Hemmerly in the blue hat
No wonder everything I planted had died!
So I did. I decided to watch my yard throughout the growing season. I say yard because it really wasn't much of a garden back then.
|False garlic early in May
|Poverty Oatgrass/Danthonia spicata
|Lyre leafed sage/Salvia lyrata~a delightful wildflower that honeybees visit.
|Astranthium integrifolium/Entireleaf western daisy
|it's perfect for a lawn
|Green Dragon/Arisaema dracontium
After months of struggling to figure out what was going on, I finally understood that plants have to be rugged to survive in my garden and that planting native wildflowers made sense. After all, they had evolved and adapted to our wet winters and dry summers.
It didn’t take me long to find just the right plants for my garden and it wasn’t long before I fell head over heels in love with wildflowers. You might say they became my passion.
Thank you Dr Hemmerly for all your help on my journey to the garden of my heart.
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.