This photo is of my cutting garden in previous, happier summers. I’m telling myself it can again be this good if I try, try again. This will be the third planting of sunflowers, cosmos, and zinnias in the cutting garden, and I’m hoping the third time’s a charm.
The big washout
I try not to whine, but the cutting garden has been washed away twice. Also, I accidentally left my original seeds from Floret Flowers and Johnny’s Selected Seeds in my tool bucket which proceeded to get rained upon.
The seed packets were a mucky, stinky mess which of course, the seeds loved, and they germinated with abandon. What to do? I just took the packets with all the sprouting seeds and buried them in the rows. Here’s what I got after thinning a little bit. Normally, I plant all of the cutting garden seeds in nice, tidy rows so the flowers are easier to cut. Plus, I just like the look of it.
This year, will just be a little more haphazard.
In case you haven’t heard, everything in Oklahoma has been rained upon multiple times in May. Although much of the perennial garden and my potager are flourishing, the cutting garden took the brunt of the fast-moving storms. It and my gravel paths in the back garden that have washed out numerous times.
Brennan and I have shoveled a lot of gravel this spring.
The second washout
Then, it rained 12.5 inches or so, and my cutting garden beds washed away for the second time. It also broke one of the beds, and my sweet husband and son worked on fixing it with the orange tractor. I have to say that the Kubota tractor is one of our best investments. Fully automatic, it starts up like a champ and does the job. Brennan dug out the entire end of the bed down to the second board. It was hard, mucky work.
I lost an entire row of sunflowers although I tried to move them. You guessed it. Cutworms ate them. Plus, sunflowers don’t like to be transplanted.
I weeded out the grass that sprung up from everywhere and mulched and sowed seed in between the mulch rows.
Then, it rained again. I’ve lost track or how many inches, but it rained and rained and rained. It is the fourth wettest May in Oklahoma history statewide. At our house, we’ve had almost three feet of rain by our rain gauge. All of the mulch and seeds went down the hill. Maybe they will sprout for the bees, but I doubt it.
Third time’s a charm
So, today, I got out there and sowed seeds again. Interspersed between all this woe are photos of past years to remind me how pretty the cutting garden looks and how much it helps out the pollinators. I also planted 2.5 rows of tricolor mixed bush beans from Renee’s Seeds. I hope they grow and make things pretty and yummy.
I’m not promising I’ll know the names of any of the varieties of sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos or any other flowers in these beds this year. I’ve just planted too many times, but you’ll all forgive me, won’t you?
I think I can, I think I can
You may also be wondering why I just don’t give up and quit. I’ve wondered that too. Could it be because The Little Engine That Could (Original Classic Edition) was my favorite bedtime book as a child? There was just something about that little train and how she never gave up.
In the front of the beds, I planted some of the tomatoes and peppers I’m testing along with tomatillos. I hope we get a few more days of sunshine to make things go well.
Elsewhere, everything’s coming up roses
Today, Carol and I published another podcast episode, “Everything’s coming up roses” on the Gardenangelists. Making it mostly about roses was, believe it or not, Carol’s idea. Most of my roses have finished their first bloom, and I’m deadheading all of them. I hope on the podcast we give you a taste for roses you can grow without too much fuss.
Also, it’s time to do the Chelsea chop on all your asters and other tall-growing fall perennials. We talked about that in last week’s episode.
I just got an alert that storms are moving into my area. Of course they are!
I hope your world is sunny, and your gardens are all blooming. Till next time, no matter what, let’s keep growing!
“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”