This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, June 13, 2011

flowers in my vegetable garden

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A mix of weed, annual and vegetable flowers are decorating my community plot. The blue ones are bachelor buttons (seeds from Botanical Interests) that I planted two years ago. They self-seeded this year and are big beautiful plants already.

The white flowers are bladder campion weeds. There are also marigolds, violas and johnny jump-up's. The potatoes and fava beans are budded and will pop open any day now. Lemon thyme and a pink old rose are in full bloom.

Other flowers are yet to come. I planted nasturtium seeds this week. The sunflower seeds I planted a couple weeks ago are 2 inch sprouts now - on their way up to 15 feet or so. I also have zinnia, cosmos, Canterbury bells, anise hyssop, borage, prairie aster, purple cone flower, trilobia, lavender and day lily plants growing.


Anonymous Chris said...

Planting marigolds in your vegetable garden not only looks good, but they keep many damaging insects away. Marigolds can also be used as a herb to treat minor skin problems, a very beneficial flower to have in the garden.

Another good plant is basil which repels flies and mosquitoes

June 13, 2011 10:07 AM

Blogger Cher' Shots said...

Your garden is looking good. I planted nasturiums, zinnias, cosmos, bachlor buttons and day lilies, etc in a few spots of our garden too. Love the fact that the flowers are helpers!
'hugs from afar'

June 13, 2011 11:18 AM

Anonymous Nell Jean said...

Mama always said she planted 'food for the soul' as well as what we ate.

June 13, 2011 1:00 PM

Blogger Shannon Marie said...

Love the pictures of your flowers!

June 13, 2011 1:12 PM

Anonymous Codrina said...

Wonderful garden,lovely flowers

June 13, 2011 2:12 PM

Anonymous Yael said...

I love the pictures of your garden. The strawberries look very tempting. Ours(in Northwest-USDA Zone 8a)are barely developing. Every year I have nasturtiums volunteer, and I love them in salads. Mixed greens are some of my favorite vegetables.

June 14, 2011 2:15 AM

Anonymous Victoria said...

All your flowers look incredible! I particularly love the pansy's/viola's.

Thank you for sharing!!

June 14, 2011 8:53 AM

Blogger V said...

My arugula and another green bolted and the flowers are so pretty in the vegetable garden that I'm leaving them alone. Will also be a nice experiment to see if they reseed and give me more! Beautiful photos :)

June 14, 2011 9:29 AM

Anonymous Alan said...

I really ought to make more of an effort to grow flowers in and around my veggies. I don't suppose the flowers on my courgettes count - I end up eating them! I do grow lavender and have other flowers but they're some distance away from my veggies. Hmm... must follow your lead. Nice photos!

June 14, 2011 3:40 PM

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Anonymous Vicky said...

Your garden is gorgeous! What a wonderful tribute to nature. thanks for sharing the pics.


June 15, 2011 6:24 AM


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