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Friday Favorite: Color in the Garden

April 25th, 2014

The grass is just starting to turn green, but brown is still the dominant color in the garden.  I’m always happy to see the Johnny Jump Ups blooming, they’re such a cheery sight even when things are still brown.
color in the garden
They’re edible as well, so when the salad greens are ready to harvest I’ll be harvesting these little beauties to add color to our meals.

What’s the first thing to bloom in your garden?

Hello Johnny

May 23rd, 2013

As I’ve been working in the potager behind the house, I’ve been finding Johnny Jump Ups everywhere.  I started digging them and using them edge the beds in the potager, figuring them bring some much needed color.  Not only that, they’re edible beauties, I can pick the blossoms and add them to salads.
johnny jump ups 1 (1)
Lucky me, I ended up with enough of these beauties to line the inside and outside of the main circle in my potager.  I can’t wait for them to fill in and start blooming more profusely.
johnny jump ups 1
johnny jump ups 2
I love flowers that self sow readily, at least for the most part.  Things like nicotiana, forget-me-nots and  anise hyssop.  I don’t know if I have found any self sowing flowers that I don’t like yet.

Do you have any flowers self-sow in the garden?  Do you love them or hate them?  

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.