Dayflowers and Garlic Chives
Just when I was beginning to think that I was getting my limestone hillside garden nicely pulled together, nature shows me up - again.
Not that I take credit for a lot of what is growing in my one acre garden. I learned a long time ago to let the plants find their happy spots and leave them there. I also embrace things that show up uninvited, and unannounced. Life is so much easier when one is not wrestling plants all of the time.
Several years ago, I decided I wanted some native pink phlox in one of the front flower beds. After painstakingly transplanting starts, I waited for the following year. The plants settled in the flower bed opposite of where I wanted them to grow. And there they stay.
So when I was invited to dig up plants at a neighbor’s home, I picked up these small tufts of greenery without knowing what they were. I used them as border plants since the greenery was a good size for marking flower beds.
When they bloomed, I identified them as garlic chives, a good bee plant although the scent may be better for keeping vampires away.
As I was taking my morning walk in my garden, I was startled to see the dayflowers growing in the middle of the garlic chives.
Originally from China, dayflowers have naturalized in Missouri and are now considered a wildflower. I like them because they are one of the few true blue flowers that grow in my garden. They also retain moisture in their stems, making them easy to grow without a lot of water through our Missouri heat.
When I pull them out of an area, I transplant them to another spot since they so nicely get along with other plants.
On this particular morning, I was struck by the blue dayflowers growing in the middle of the flower bed bordered with garlic chives. It was such a sweet combination.
Yet another reason why I encourage dayflowers to bloom throughout my garden.