The technical term is wildflower meadow. Realistically there is more ground here to garden than there is staff to handle it. The meadow is an easy way to get the fix of more that gardeners with appetites bigger than their time and labor budget can handle. Fling seeds. Edit a little when you wander by. As a matter of fact I flung seeds in there just the other day from this lupine. I saw brown seed pods. I stopped and borrowed some.
The problem is, the wildflower look seems to dominate around here. The combination of big appetites with a lot of land, no budget for staff and nature's strong hand coalesce to produce just a wee bit of chaos. My long time maintenance gardener mind struggles.
There is no denying the beauty though. Maybe my maintenance gardener mind is the problem.
There is one place on this mountain with order, sorta. In the vegetable garden explicit permission to grow is required. I did not however plant all those sunflowers. They came up on their own. They did manage to come up on the edge of the rows in a nice line, though they are randomly scattered among the rows. I let them stay. They have a low chaos value
Outside the mulched confines of the vegetable garden it is another matter.
Yes the daylilies were all planted. What goes on between them is the lightly edited chaos.
Chaos laps at the edges of order and together the effect is quite stunning.
In landscape design, this concept could be thought of as the cultivated garden merging naturally into the wild setting. The annual nature of the vegetable garden lends itself to that in some respects.
The peppers plants are the biggest I have seen them for the end of June It has been steadily warm for us this year. In the past they waited until mid-July to do anything.
The melon department is looking nice. Will this be the year I get a full sized cantaloupe? There are still 60 days ahead of potential warmth.
Doesn't it all look tidy?
But I can't help but smile at the exuberant chaos that surrounds it all.
And without much thought I fling seeds in the hopes of adding more to the mix. I am the son of the resident gardeners after all.