It took a while, but spring weather is finally here. Living in Alaska, I get very tired of our long cold, gray and white colored winters. When spring rolls around, my husband and I both want to put the bright colors of flowers everywhere we can on our 2 acre property.
I have raised flower beds, ceramic flower pots and hanging flower baskets everywhere, but one area of our yard needs special care. I built a rock wall a few years ago, and above this wall is a large area with wild growing ferns, low bush cranberries, and rose hips. Last spring my husband and I dumped several large bags of top soil into this area and evened it out with a rake, then we sprinkled wildflower seeds around. When they came up we were treated to a beautiful carpet of color, and the wildflowers continued to give us pleasure for the rest of the summer.
Although my local Walmart store sells bags of wildflower seeds that are native to Alaska, these cost almost $20 and only cover 500 square feet. The first year we tried these specialty seeds, the only variety that even came up was the Shasta Daisy, the others did not appear, so we were very disappointed. Last year we had great success with a product from the Pennington Seed Company, and we purchased all three varieties of their wildflower seed mixtures. This review will focus on the Pennington Seed Wildflower Garden Wildflower Seed Mixture.
The bag of Pennington Seed Wildflower Garden Wildflower Seed Mixture contains 24 ounces, and contains a “Bright, Colorful Mix of Assorted Annual Wildflowers”. This bag will cover a generous 1000 square feet, and they are easy to grow. The bag contains 10% flower seeds and 90% inert matter. If you have ever attempted to spread wildflower seeds over a large area, you probably know how challenging it can be. Some people add the seeds to sand and when they throw the mix out, the sand helps evenly disperse the seed. Pennington has solved this problem, since the bag already contains a filler!
The seeds contained in the bag of Pennington Seed Wildflower Garden Wildflower Seed Mixture are Pheasant’s Eye, Sweet Alyssum, Pot Marigold, Corn Flower, Bachelor’s Buttons, Wallflower, Chinese Houses, Lance Leaf, Coreopsis, Cosmos Sensation, Sulphur Cosmos, Annual Forget Me Not, California Poppy, Annual Baby Breath, Scarlet Flax, Malope, California Bluebells, and Zinnia.
These flowers will grow to a height of 18″ – 24″, and should be planted in spring or late fall, in full sun to partial shade. Pennington even has a guarantee on the back of the package, so I felt I had nothing to lose by giving these seeds a try. Only a few of them came back from last year, so we just planted more today. For the low price of only $5.50, this was a great buy.