Bachelor buttons and daisies and wild rose bushes, oh my!
Night falls and the sun sends an impassioned, fiery farewell to the day, simultaneously welcoming the stars as they blink into existence. The Milky Way arches over the vast, dark mass of the rolling ocean, and the moon takes its rightful place as watcher of the deep, dark night. “Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, blossomed the lovely stars,” wrote Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “the forget-me-nots of the angels.” And like those stars that dot the night sky, providing the kind of lively spirit and unmatched beauty that inspires the words of poets and dreams of lovers, Mother Nature does her own part to capture an earthly version of that beauty; somewhere a poppy springs up, waving in the wind as if sending a hello to its bluebonnet neighbor and surrounded by other wildflowers in a corporeal mimicry of the starry night above. The wildflower acts as nature’s vibrant response to the call of the infinite expanse overhead.
A wildflower garden is a whimsical way to add color and character to an outdoor space. A mix of hearty annuals and perennials creates a naturally charming homage to the mythical wonders of Mother Nature. There’s something intrinsically quaint about letting the landscape run its course, with the added benefit of low-maintenance work for the gardener. But, don’t be fooled: while resilient and, often self-perpetuating, most wildflowers still require their fair share of upkeep, and as Karen and Terry Cronburg know firsthand, the best wildflower gardens are ones that begin with a vision and end with the thoughtful touch of a seasoned gardener.
“I think my favorite part is sitting back and watching the colors change,” muses Karen about her wildflower garden. “This year we were worried nothing would happen, and then we went away for a few days. When we came back, the colors were just incredible.” The Cronburg’s beautiful garden has certainly taken on a life of its own thanks to the careful tending of this flower-loving duo. With an ideal location on a dead end street leading to a popular beach walk, their garden has quickly become the talk of their home village of Cataumet—a refreshing yearly welcome into the pleasantly warm months of spring. “When we first bought this house, you could barely see it from the street because everything was so overgrown,” explains Karen. But with a stunning view of Squeteague Harbor across the street and plenty of windows to let in sunlight and the happy squeals of children at the nearby summer camp, it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. After moving in, the Cronburgs quickly set to creating their flowery haven.
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