Friday, August 17, 2012

Flowers in the veggie patch...

 Do you plant a few flowers in your vegetable garden?
I always put some marigolds in amongst the tomatoes, and my dear mother-in-law taught me to plant a row of gladiola bulbs in the veggie patch.  This summer I have some volunteer sunflowers that I let grow up in the onions.

There's just something magical in a few bright orange marigolds
 peeking out here and there
 or towering gladiola stalks lording their beauty
 over mounds of green vegetables.

For mine is just a little old-fashioned garden
where the flowers come together 
to praise the Lord 
and teach all who look upon them
to do likewise.
~Celia Thaxter

If you would like to read some of the most beautiful words about flowers and gardens, you'll be delighted with  An Island Garden by Celia Thaxter.


  1. G'day Gumbo Lily. Those flowers look just beautiful.I love the bright colours. Great photos. Take care. Liz...

  2. Your blog reminds me of "home." It's a good feeling coming here.

    My grandma always planted glads in her veggie patch too. I thought it was pure magic when we would take the white glads and place them in a vase of water infused with food was practically worth writing into the papers, in my mind, seeing those flowers the next morning.

  3. What a good idea to plant gladioli in the veg plot! Yours look beautiful and bright.

  4. Oh, yes! I like flowers in amongst the veggies. My favorite for adding the right splash of color is an orange zinnia - If I had room I'd have more ideas and flowers to include.

  5. Oh, that's a lovely idea! Your marigolds are so bright and the glads . . . well, they are magical!

  6. Marigolds are some of the first flowers I ever noticed as a child. We grew them in cups at school and then brought them home and I planted mine in the flower bed. Very vibrant flowers you have growing! They are beautiful.

  7. What a wonderful link! I am looking forward to reading it all the way through a little at a time. I will have to remember the gladiola tip -- your MIL sounds like such a wise woman:)

  8. Lovely flowers! I think I planted more flowers this year than vegetables. :) I bought that book used from Amazon for two dollars. It came in a beautiful box and looked brand new. It is so lovely. I love the book too.

  9. I have one little marigold in the greenhouse. I don't have a lot of room, but it found it's space. I can't wait to have my outdoor beds because I will have marigolds and zinnias. I love your bold red glad!

  10. I love that book! Thanks for sharing your beautiful spot of color :-)

  11. Thank you for sharing the lovely book! Your garden is amazing and I love all of those pop up flowers. I love visiting your blog, does feel so homey:).



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