zinnias (and bees!)
 wild geranium
 i like to call these shots my stroller swag. now that i make my kids walk everywhere, either to tire them out in hopes of nap time, or to help them slow down and appreciate what’s around our feet. i had to pull this big mama skyscraper sunflower which self seeds everywhere in the west end of the community garden after it was shading and hindering the growth of my garlic. skyscraper sunflowers have many flowers and can get up to 12 feet tall!
 grandpa ott’s morning glory, nasturtiums and maldovian balm dragonhead grow together so effortlessly, self-seeding and bringing pops of color to corners of the garden allotment.
 a western tiger swallowtail dances around a vibrant mix of zinnias
 sunset runner beans on the property garden that i planted for the sacred g. the palest of pinks urging the sun over the mountains.
 every year at the community garden we have gung-ho locals who abandon their plots, leaving thistles and grasses, reeds and purslane, bindweed and lambs quarter to take over with vigor. fortunately, my inability to leave unwanted weeds go to seed into neighboring plots means i am able to pluck beautiful bouquets from flowers i free from choking weeds. here were some of my favorites in 2018, a vibrant zinnia mix and some dill. at foot, calendula resina mix.
 cosmos on a rainy day
 golden feverfew and white yarrow in my medicinal patch.
 cleome serrulata
 stridolo flowering. also known as sculpit, is silene inflata. i bought the seeds for stridolo from uprising organics. they’re very pretty flowers, but as a culinary herb it was gross and tasteless. i allow it a little patch in my yarden each year, just to admire.
 bellflowers in the community garden butterfly garden area.
 pollinating strawberry blossoms in my yarden
 belle of barmera dahlia getting ready to open. dahlia tubers purchased from floret flower.
 belle of barmera dahlia opened just in time for an icy hail storm. cinnamon basil flowers to seed in the background.
 lark’s marigold flowers. lark was a community gardener who decided to give up his plot mid-season. his plot was full of the most gorgeous marigolds. i deadheaded a ton of blossoms that year (2016) and saved the seeds for the following year. i sent those seeds to seed banks in 9 states and to gardener friends in 5 more in 2017, and stuffed seeds into seed envelopes for table place markers for my 2018 equinox dinner.
 nepitella mentuccia romana. seeds purchased from uprising organics.
 magnificent little beauty, this zinnia is one of my favorites with her golden crown.
 gleam salmon nasturtium that made it through a hail storm. one of my favorite shades, so beautiful. seeds purchased from floret flower.
 one heck of a beautiful calendula flower!
 poppies i started from tiny little seeds. they’re just the prettiest!
 possibly one of my favorite tiny flowers to see, this is frisee endive that i’ve let bolt for seed.
 globe thistle; echinops bannaticus, in the community garden’s butterfly garden. globe thistle is the host plant for larinus vulpes, a weevil. our butterfly garden has many insect homes!
 strawberry blossom with sage leaf in foreground.
 showy milkweed in the community garden’s butterfly garden, Asclepias speciosa
 john’s eggplant blossoms in the community garden on a rainy day
 borae, borago officinalis. one borage plant two years ago from a gardener friend means i’m debating how many little plants to pull as they self-seed with incredible vigor. instead of buying borage seed, find one little plant and that will give you many.
 garden champion lady bug hanging out on a carrot i let go to flower after leaving in the ground through the winter and allowing to flower the following year. letting some of your veggies go to flower provides excellent opportunities for beneficial insects to come to your garden.
 beautiful sunflower with a seek & find pollinator in the community garden
 my medicinal yarrow patch, achillea millefolium.
 my lone dalmation peach foxglove, which i started from seed in february. hail wiped out every other plant. seeds purchased from floret flower.
 mammoth sunflower seed head!
 nasturtium are one of my most favorite plants to grow. i make sauce and pesto from the leaves and stems (which takes a bit of work, mind you) and the flowers are also edible and spicy editions to salad and garnish and the seeds can be pickled—you have to try it. this here is my favorite to grow, “gleam salmon” which i found myself saying good morning to each day.
 another variety of nasturtium that i grow. i think i have 6. this one is a fabulous trailing variety.
 these variegated nasturtium leaves. need i say more?
 sweet mace. grown alongside dill to attract pollinators in 2018, seeds gifted from a seed friend in 2017.
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