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Here it is Wednesday again. I had a lot of choices for this week’s letter but decided to go with genus Rudbeckia, one of the several genera referred to commonly as Coneflowers. These are great plants for the garden as they are tough, free flowering and mostly reliable perennials. I am never sure how to phrase something like ‘mostly perennial’ because with just about anything in the botanical world there are a few exceptions. A couple of the 25 species are annuals and a couple are biennial. For the most part the Black Eyed Susan (R. hirta) are perennials. I started off with 125 plants in the Estate Garden and have multiplied that to a couple thousand by encouraging seeding and using divisions to propagate them. This year was the first year the deer completely ate the tops of my whole crop. The plants started to flower and in about a week I was gone they stripped everything. I had to laugh when I saw on a gardening website that the deer don’t like them. They seem to eat them with abandon in certain situations. Lucky I was able to get this picture before the massacre. There were a couple of other older posts on Rudbeckia, use the search if you are interested.
One of the 25 species of Rudbeckia, Three-lobed Coneflower (R. triloba)
These flowers really add a lot to the late summer garden and look great planted in masses. I have always grown mine in full sun but read that they can take part shade. They like moist soil but can grow in just about any conditions. For a little extra pizzazz check out some of the new cultivars.
Here are some interesting (I get mostly plain yellow) seedlings I have gotten from my unsupervised crosses:
I really wanted to use Rose for ‘R’ but since there were over 70 (that’s where I stopped counting) different roses posted on this blog this year I thought that was enough. It is almost time to beput the roses to bed for the year now. The preparations in the different gardens range from elaborate to almost nothing. I am so far behind at work it isn’t funny. The 2 people I have working are leaving for Mexico on Saturday. One is not returning and the other says he will be back but his work permit is expiring so we will have to see what happens.
Here is a list of other ‘ABC Wednesday’ Blogs:
mrs nesbitts place
tech the man
a bit of this a dash of that
Little Rock Daily Photo
Kissing the Dogwood
strolling through Georgia
Ruth's Garden Blog
photography by kml
The Modern Goddess
Ackworth born, gone West
The Max Files
Watch me, No Watch me