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.
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 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.
Other re-seeders include purple coneflower, gray headed coneflower, old fashioned petunias and anise hyssop.
Maybe I’ll just start at this end
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)