This is not manure…

I promise! What it is though, are the beginings of a beautiful flower bed. These pots are filled with Sweet William and Yarrow seeds.

Here they are now ….

and here is what they shall be… Genesis 1:12And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus): Sweet William symbolizes gallantry. The plant is widely used in borders, rock gardens and informal country cottage style gardens. Sweet William is a good candidate for a naturalistic garden because its nectar attracts birds, bees and butterflies. Its flowers are considered edible.

It thrives in loamy, slightly alkaline soil with sun to partial shade. Propagation is by seed, cuttings or division but seeds of cultivars will not breed true. If it is planted from seed after the last frost, it will flower in the second year. If it is planted in flats before the last frost and then transplanted it may flower in the first year. Some gardeners recommend deadheading to encourage further flowering. The plant is self-seeding.

Genesis 1:29And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

Yarrow is said to have many medicinal properties.

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  1. Wanita says

    Sweet William and yarrow are two of my favorite flowers. I have yarrow in my garden and perhaps next year will get some Sweet William.

    I hope your plants do well.


  2. Mam says

    I hope you get good results from your plantings. I grew yarrow last year and it didn’t do very well. I thought it would grow anywhere! Maybe I pampered it too much. But I have lots of sweet william. They seem to enjoy the shady areas in my yard better than the sunnny ones.


  3. Earthmommy says

    Yay! Comments are working again. I love Yarrow, it is so beautiful and useful. Your gardening has really inspired me. Next season I am planning to plant a lot more than we did this time around.


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