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Annual Flowers

Annual Flowers

While vegetables are food for the body, flowers are food for the soul. And for beneficial insects too! I've come to love growing flowers in among my food crops. Their presence not only brightens the garden but feeds a myriad of pollinators. From wild bees and butterflies to hover flies and ladybugs (fun fact: ladybugs rely on pollen and nectar during periods of few aphids).
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    Monarda citriodora - (aka; Lemon Mint) Annual. The young leaves make a lovely tea. Tall tiered spikes of lavender-pink are incredibly aromatic and ...

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  • Ziar Breadseed Poppy

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    Both beautiful and edible! This is a poppy selected for eating, with huge seed heads that hold their seeds without shattering. The large (relativel...

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  • Standfast Sunflower

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    Selected in Maine by Will Bonsall for large edible seeds. This is the one you want for eating! These plants are a consistent size at around 5-6 fee...

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  • Sunrise Cosmos

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    Cosmos sulphureus - Planted in a row, the bushy plants grow into a 4-5' hedge covered in countless orange blossoms. Starts blooming in early summer...

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  • Sweet Annie

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    Artemesia annua - aka; Sweet Wormwood. I first encountered this magically scented herb at the Common Ground Fair in Maine. Sweet Annie headdresses ...

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  • Strawflower Mix

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    Xerochrysum bracteatum - Mixed colours (white, pink, yellow, red, purple) on 3-4' tall plants. Beautiful blossoms with unique papery petals, they h...

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  • Mixed Calendula

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    Calendula officinalis - This sunny annual is among the very easiest to grow. The flowers can be used in herbal teas or the petals added to salads. ...

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  • Black Sesame

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    I'm happy to have discovered sesame these past few years. Beautiful and easy to care for plants, growing up to 3-4' tall in ideal conditions. By A...

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  • Mammoth Russian Sunflower

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    These giant sunflowers live up to their name! Huge single heads on top of mammoth stalks, the biggest specimens in our sunflower forest were 12 fee...

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  • Giganteum Poppy

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    Papaver somniferum - Huge multi-hued flowers are a sight to behold, and the bees think so too. Followed by equally large seed heads, full of edible...

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  • Peredovik Oilseed Sunflower

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    Although a native North American crop, much work has been done in eastern Europe and Russia to breed black oilseed sunflowers for an alternativ...

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  • Autumn Beauty Sunflower

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    A vibrant mix of yellow, red, orange and multi-coloured flowers. The plants are branching and medium sized, growing from 4 to 7 feet with lots of s...

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  • Mother of Pearl Poppy

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    Papaver rhoeas - Soft and subtle shades of pink, lilac, orange, lavender, grey and white. Grown en-masse they have an ethereal presence to them. Lo...

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  • Elephant Head Amaranth

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    An ornamental amaranth, with huge knobby trunk-like seed heads filled with black seeds. They started more conversations than just about any other p...

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  • Sokoyokoto Celosia - Lagos Spinach

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    Celosia is most often grown as an ornamental in North America (I can see why; they’re stunning plants), but in west Africa they’re among the most w...

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  • Cosmos Mix

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    A mixture of pinks, reds, whites and multi-colours... no two plants are quite the same shade. Plants grow to 5 feet tall with beautiful ferny folia...

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  • Scarlet Zinnia

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    Zinnia elegans - Large dark red blossoms on vigorous 3' plants. Excellent variety for cut flowers. Favourite of bees and butterflies. 30+ seeds-Gro...

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  • 1,000 Year Old Tobacco

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    (Nicotiana rustica) - The story that came with these seeds, is that they were discovered in pottery sealed with pitch at a burial site near the Gre...

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  • California Poppy

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    Eschscholzia californica - Native to our continent's west coast. An easy growing annual that thrives in many places. Golden flowers reach about 1 f...

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  • Virginia Tobacco

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    Nicotiana tobacum - This is the type typically grown in the Appalachian piedmont. If you’re growing it to smoke, planting in less fertile soil prod...

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  • Purple Haze Poppy

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    Papaver somniferum - Pink-purple annual poppy. Big showy heads of frilly petals. Several hundred seeds -Grown by Annapolis Seeds

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  • Persian Carpet Zinnia

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    Zinnia haageana - Stunning flowers, with combinations of gold, red, brown, yellow and white. Bushy and compact plants, about 24” tall. 40+ seeds  G...

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  • Black Ball Bachelor's Buttons

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    Centaurea cyanus - Silvery foliage and an abundance of dark and lacy purple-black flowers. Edible flowers, cut-flower or as a dye plant for foods o...

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  • Shirley Double Mix Poppy

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    Papaver rhoeas - Red, pink and white flowers (and all shades in between). As a cultivated form of the wild field poppy (P. rhoeas), they self-sow q...

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  • Seashells Mix Cosmos

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    Every time we grow Seashells Mix it becomes a highlight of the garden. Tubular petals that come in soft shades of pink and white. 4-5' tall bushy ...

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  • Cactus Mix Zinnia

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    Zinnia elegans - Among the highlights of our 2022 growing season. Nearly everyone who visited the farm had to stop and admire the zinnia patch. Tal...

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  • Tashkent Marigold

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    This variety was collected growing near an old school in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and shared by Seed Savers Exchange in 1999. Deep red flowers with yel...

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  • Dyer's Coreopsis

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    Coreopsis tinctoria - aka: Plains Coreopsis, Garden Tickseed. Annual wildflower native to most of central North America. Slender stems and leaves, ...

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  • Bupleurum 'Garibaldi'

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    Bupleurum rotundifolium - Bright green flowers and lush foliage. Beautiful addition to flower beds, and the long stems are perfect for cut arrangem...

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  • Sonja Sunflower

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    The smallest sunflower I’ve yet grown. The petite yellow flowers reach about waist high, with many side branches and continuous blooms for many wee...

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    Centaurea cyanus - aka; Corn Flower. Easy to grow annual, with blue, pink, white and mauve blossoms produced on 2-3' plants. An excellent nectar so...

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  • Havana Tobacco

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    Nicotiana tabacum - Beautiful, striking plants with long leaves. By the end of summer, their flower stalks grow to 5-7 feet, topped with pink bloss...

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  • Starflower Scabiosa

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    Scabiosa stellata - aka; Pincushion Flower. Annual, with soft-purple blossoms followed by geometric papery seed heads. A beautiful addition to drie...

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  • Cracker Jack Marigold

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    Tagates erecta - Large and lush double blooms, in shades of orange and yellow. Tall bushy plants, reaching about 3’. 40+ seeds Grown by Annapolis S...

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  • Moonglow Strawflower

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    New for 2024 - Xerochrysum bracteatum - Beautiful range of pearls, gentle yellows, soft pink, rosy red, peach and frosted tips. 3-4' tall annual. I...

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  • Black Cumin

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    Nigella sativa - Not a true cumin, but a close relative to Love in the Mist. Beautiful flowers are followed by pods of aromatic black seeds, which ...

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