As anyone who reads this knows, I garden to eat. I love flowers, but I don't like to spend a lot of money on them. Nor do I want to spend a lot of time coaxing them.
Any flowers growing in my garden have to be pretty self-sufficient, which meaans they're either perennials that bloom once a year or annuals that sow themselves willy-nilly all over the place, like this amaranth growing in a small garden box in my back yard. There's also squash, green beans, tomatoes and a few tomatillos (that also came up on their own) in the planting box. Oh, and plenty of grass, too.
I did actually dig this morning glory up from where it had sowed itself and replanted it in this pot because I wanted it to do exactly what it's doing. It's so nice when plants behave and do that.
And so rare.
Kinda like kids...
I scattered a few marigold and zinnia seeds that I collected from last year's flowers out in front of my main garden. Most of the perennials in my garden bloom earlier in the spring, so marigolds and zinnias add nice annual color later in the summer and into the fall. As does the amaranth, which tends to grow wherever it wants to.