Who Do I Listen To?

There is a debate happening on my shoulder.

The debate is about some bare land that has appeared in my backyard.

The bare land appeared because a new fence had to be built to keep the baby calves out of the backyard.

empty space

new flower bed  bare ground new flower bed bare ground

On one shoulder, the garden angel is telling me I already have 8 pretty flower beds.

On the other shoulder, the garden devil is saying, “those rocks would make a perfect border.”

Garden angel:  “you have trouble keeping up with what you have.”

Garden devil:  “what’s one more flower bed?”

Garden angel:  “if you leave it as is, Al will weed eat it”

Garden devil:  “you have acres of just plain grass.”

See what I mean?   What is wrong with leaving it as is?  Nothing.  Why can’t I just leave it bare?  That’s not what I do.  Great.  Now my head’s involved in the conversation.

So, here’s what I’m thinkin’.

Several varieties I grow reseed.  As I find these various seeds, I am throwing them in this area.

bee balm monarda

Bee balm (Monarda fistulosa) is a good example.  This flower blooms readily all summer and is grand central for bees and butterflies.  It does well in dry, rocky soil which is abundant in this area.

Below is common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) that has popped up in the path of one of the beds.  Last year was the first year this native biennial bloomed.  It can get up to 6 ft. tall and obviously reseeds generously.  The flowers are a bright yellow and bloom for several weeks.


common evening primrose

Other re-seeders include purple coneflower, gray headed coneflower, old fashioned petunias and anise hyssop.

Gray headed coneflower and purple coneflower

Gray headed coneflower and purple coneflower


old fashioned petunia

coneflower hyssop

Hyssop and purple coneflower

Maybe I’ll just start at this end

new flower bed  bare ground

and slowly work my way to the other side.


or maybe I’ll just let Al weed eat it.


(and all the other voices in my head)



About the blonde gardener

I'm an Arkansas girl born and raised. I garden in the beautiful Northwest part of the state (zone 6b or 7) surrounded by the Ozark Mountains. My favorite part about the area is we have 4 distinct seasons and are able to enjoy a variety of activities. My main passion is gardening but I also enjoy hiking, birding, 4-wheeling and motorcycle trips. Basically anything outside. Thanks for stopping by! Brenda
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9 Responses to Who Do I Listen To?

  1. Oh I would have to plant it…perhaps a wildflower meadow that would reseed…sounds like your idea would be gorgeous.


  2. LOL! I understand …..


  3. bittster says:

    Sounds like your voices have some pretty good arguments! Don’t ask me… but those rocks are almost yelling for you to do something 🙂


  4. I’m with Bittster – the rocks are hollering for something to be done between them and the fence. Did those rocks naturally appear there or were they moved there long ago by some devil who knew it would upset your equilibrium?


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