by Sandy Swegel
Cecilia posted a question on our Facebook page this week asking if we knew a website like ours for wildflowers. Wait, I thought that’s us. We’ve gotten very enamored of vegetables lately but we know our roots: we started as a wildflower seed company. BBB Seed’s name came from our original name, “Beauty Beyond Belief” which means the beauty of natural wildflowers that can be in your garden all year round. Later BBB Seed also stood for Bounty Beyond Belief (heirloom vegetables!). Once we added the great line of botanical products, it meant Botanicals Beyond Belief. And I can imagine a time in the future, no doubt accompanied by a few margaritas after work when we’ll come up with some more BBB’s.
But wildflowers were our first love…and if you see the photos of our head honcho Mike’s house, you’ll see a wild meadow of wildflowers.
Wildflowers are really easy to grow. There is an entire procedure you can follow to properly install a wildflower area: kill all weeds first, spread seed in Fall or late winter and let spring rains gently bring them to life. But sometimes life is busy and you don’t have time to do things properly. I’m waiting with eager anticipation to see what happens with the package of Butterfly and Birds mix I gave my neighbor Dana. She has over an acre of property and she’s in retirement, so can’t spend too much work in any one spot in her garden. But she loves wildflowers. Last weekend I saw her with her hoe, scratching a six-inch path of bare soil along the entire length of her property. She was removing grasses and weeds. Then she sprinkled the seed mix the entire path of her narrow trough. She followed with the hose watering everything in. I heard her explaining to the seeds that she didn’t have a lot of time to make a fuss over them, but she’d make sure they got lots of water to germinate and grow and that she couldn’t wait until they made a beautiful fence of wildflowers along the edge of her property.
I think she’s going to be right. A wildflower garden shouldn’t take more than that. The consistent watering until the plants are established is important. And weeds and grass will grow (and she’ll probably cut down the thistles that come up), but I’m pretty sure the wildflowers will prevail and make a natural fence of color and beauty for the butterflies and birds and especially for the people.