Creating new bed with nature

Flower bedThere’s an area of grass that I’ve been wanting to convert to some more beds.  I finally started turning over the soil and removing the grass this summer.  Next, I opened a coning with the Deva of the Gardens and asked a series of questions to determine the best type of beds, sizes and locations in this new space.  Then I asked about what is to be planted in each of these beds.

This photo shows the newest bed which is for flowers.  I planted lupine seeds (gifted to me from my sister) in the center portion.  Next, I transplanted some ox-eye daisy (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) from other places on the property.  And this weekend I was given the go-ahead to transplant three purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) plants from other areas to this new bed.  I love it!

The ox-eye daisy leaves are edible and I so enjoy nibbling on them.  The purple coneflower will provide me with flowers for visual pleasure and leaves for medicinal purposes.  And I am looking forward to having lupine flowering here, too.  This flower bed is visible from the house windows and provides a nice complement to the nearby herb and vegetable beds.

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