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WILDFLOWER MIX, A Pollinator’s Paradise
FULL SUN All Harvesting History Wildflower Mixes are unique because they always include a few herbs as well as traditional heirloom wildflowers. The flowers in this mix were selected because of their outstanding ability to attract birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators. The mix includes but is not limited to: Butterfly Milkweed, Calendula, Aster Crego, Bachelor Button Jubilee Gem, Cosmos Sensation Mix, Larkspur, Sweet William, Sweet Alyssum, Poppy Shirley Double, Bee Balm, Hyssop, Borage.
Sow seed in late fall before the ground freezes or in late spring after all danger of frost has passed. Turn the soil where the seed is to be planted, rake smooth and broadcast the seed evenly across the area. Rake the seed into the soil and moisten the area. For spring plantings, keep the soil moist until germination occurs. For fall plantings, there is no need to continue to moisten the soil.
In the following fall, mow the wildflower area. Wildflower gardens are best re-seeded every 2-3 years.
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A Pollinator's Paradise
Fields of wildflowers have been mankind’s gardens since we learned to walk upright. It was meadows of wildflowers that first inspired man to cultivate the soil. Through the cultivation of soil, man was able to settle into communities and to build civilizations. Wildflowers inspired the myths and legends, the science, the music and art that became the foundations of our humanity.
The wildflowers of Africa, collected as seeds, made their way into the luxurious gardens of the Mediterranean civilizations – Egypt, Greece, Rome, Persia. The Spanish and the Portuguese brought the wildflowers of Central and South America back to Europe to be developed into the stunning garden plants of the Renaissance. Lewis and Clark collected wildflowers from the great American plains, the mountain meadows of the Rockies and Cascades and the fertile rainforests of the Pacific Northwest and returned the seeds, roots and shrubs to the East Coast where they were cultivated and shared throughout the world. Every magnificent flower that we enjoy today was once a wildflower.
Most wildflower mixes, today, contain one or more of the ‘anchor’ wildflowers – Echinacea (Purple Coneflower), Daisy, Shasta Alaska, Black-Eyed Susan, Bee Balm, Wild Bergamot, Lemon Mint. The mixes are then built around these basic flowers. Harvesting History’s Wildflower Mixes are unique because we always include a number of herbs in our wildflower mixes. The herbs often encourage the growth or vigor of the rest of the wildflowers, making them great companion plants. Planting a wildflower garden, regardless of its size, pays homage to our horticultural legacy and is a daily reminder of the gifts this earth has allowed us to enjoy.
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