Our Family Garden: Part II
I wanted to plant more than just vegetables this year so I dedicated an entire garden bed to flowers. I am so glad I did because we are enjoying them immensely. I know I will be picking flowers out of this bed for years, but I don’t mind.
The Johnny-jump-ups look like a small army of flowers standing at attention. Grayson says they taste like lettuce. Loring loves to pick them and we are fine with that because it keeps the new flowers coming. Johnny-jump-ups are a cool season plant. They don’t survive a Florida summer. However, they will re-seed themselves and jump-up again in the fall in our zone 9b. I always use them as a garnish for the kids meals because it makes their meal more interesting. Sometimes I float one or two in their drink. They should only be consumed in moderation and eaten only when they are grown in your own garden without pesticides.
The zinnias are wonderful for cutting and bringing inside. They have added an amazing pop of color to our table. Zinnias are a warm weather flower and are best grown from seed because they don’t transplant well. They come in every color except blue and some varieties can grow up to 4 feet tall. We are planning to save the seeds from our zinnias to continue growing them.
I don’t think our garden will ever be without flowers again. We have enjoyed them too much to be without them.
These marigolds are as big as my fist and smell like summer. I’ve noticed that marigolds grow throughout the year in my garden. I’ve decided they should be a permanent fixture. We’re just going to keep growing them everywhere. There are many types of marigolds.
The kids have been keeping a close eye on this sunflower. They’ve been watching it transform into edible sunflower seeds. Loring says the flower looks happy and keeps giving it kisses. We’ve planted a whole lot more sunflowers because we want to see a lot more of them in our yard. They seem to scream, “it’s summer!” It is definitely a great plant to grow with kids.
We will never leave flowers off our “grow list” again. It has been so rewarding to learn about the different varieties and watch them grow and bloom. I think our food tastes better when we eat our meals around a vase of freshly picked flowers.
Come grow with us!