While I love growing flowers from seeds as much as the next gardener, I also think there’s something special about what grows in the wild–and I like to bring that something special right onto my porch by potting up wild grasses and wildflowers. You know, weeds.
To pot up from the wild, grab some boots and a shovel. Some weeds will pull right up with your hand, particularly if the soil is moist and soft, others will take some good digging to get at all the roots. Bring a teenager with you.
Get the plants in water right away, and potted as soon as possible. Some wild plants transplant easier than others. Some will flower longer than others. You get what you get when you’re stealing from Mother Nature. But then again, you didn’t pay for it, either, so you can’t complain.
I have a major thing for grasses, tall grasses, short grasses. I love them cut and placed in vases, and I love them swaying in pots on the porch.
Weeds in the woods or along roadsides look like….weeds, all jumbled together, but when you separate them out into pots, they shine. It’s almost hard to believe they didn’t come from a garden center sometimes. One of my current favorites is this short, bunchy grass with the delicate purple flowers.
I’m addicted to ferns, too.
Ferns are madly expensive at garden centers, but they’re quite prevalent around here in the woods.
Most wildflowers don’t have a season-long blooming period–the “domesticated” flowers are more dependable that way–but if you don’t mind potting up the latest in Nature’s bouquet periodically, you can keep flowers all spring and summer and into the fall. Or even just for a short-term impact, potting up weeds is a great way to fill up your patio or porch like a garden fantasy right before a party or event–for free, and hey, this is a holiday weekend.
Aren’t you having a barbeque? Is your porch naked? Go pot up some weeds!