Keeping in theme with the "Gardens of October" I opted to plant wildflowers. I had put it off all spring because of the project I was working on. However, I wanted one final blast of color. The front field had largely been ignored so I planted wildflowers.
It's not really a checkerboard because I found staggering holes to be difficult when mowing or watering. But given the angle it will look staggered. I spaced them for two reasons, well three. First, to give them space (sorta, I'll explain that one in a minute), second because I wanted to mow around them, and finally so I can easily weed it.
The reason why I call it Darwinian, is because I put so many seeds in those (roughly) 20 holes, something will come up. Now, in respect to space...if they are act like my zinnia in the back, I may not be able to find the spaces between them.
There are some sunflower seeds in there that I stored, but I don't know if they are any good. I, also, mulched, it lightly...to identify it more than anything. There is also zinnia, marigold, cosmos, etc etc. I don't expect the first blooms until September, but that will be 2 if not 3 months of flowers... And by the time they need attention my backyard project, should be done.
I checked historical weather from the last two years. A safe bet for the first frost is around Thanksgiving here. If you want to check your frost dates or historical weather, click HERE. Last year I had a ton of wildflowers, but I had wonderful surprise (for now).
They came back. This is a different section but I didn't plant, feed or water any of these. As matter of fact, I mowed it down several times this year, before I opted not to. I love no maintenance flowers.
These sulfur cosmos are growing in gravel and hard clay.
It is nice to have flowers until I address this part of the property, which I am sure one day they will be a pain, but if you got to have weeds, let them be flowers!