But even with all the destruction, there was beauty. The dried hydrangea bloom below I found strangely appealing. It looks like it has been freshly washed and dripping dry.
This is just a blade of grass that has taken on the appearance of a curved staff. Notice how thick the ice is!
I am planning a new flower bed. It will contain mostly flowers for cutting. I am going to put it on the south side of the house along a brick walkway that leads from our patio to our deck. One side of the brick walk is covered in a low juniper bush that I am constantly cutting back to keep the path clear. On the side where the new bed is going, I have mostly ground cover and mulch. The plan is to cut back and pull out if necessary the ground cover and to remove the mulch. I will have to spade up the soil as it has been covered for several years and I am sure it is very compacted. Then I will sow my seeds and sprinkle potting soil on top. Below is the packet with "dark opal" basil. I love the color and think it will set off the other flowers' color and is supposed have a wonderful fragrance. Of course I can use it fresh in cooking, and later freeze some of the leaves for use in the winter.
Next, of course, is the good old standby Zinnias! These are called "Bright Border Mix" and will only get 12-15" tall. They promise 2 1/2" double and semi double flowers on disease resistant stems. And the packet says I can pinch young plants to promote bushiness. ( I didn't know I could do that to zinnias!)
I have never tried to grow Statice of any kind. But the flowers on the packet looked so lovely, that I thought...why not? I am supposed to get "dense, graceful sprays of dainty papery everlasting flowers that retain color when dried." Doesn't that sound wonderful!? And I think the butterflies will like them too.
Lastly, I am going to try once more to grow the Butterfly Flower. I was given a plant last year, but even with tender caring it died. And that is so frustrating because I have seen them just a little south of us growing wild. Maybe, I will have better luck starting them from seed. I have read somewhere that they do not like to be moved. If they do grow, they will stay in that spot as they are a perennial. Next year then, I can just fill in around them.