Sunday, October 31, 2010

Indian Summer Black-eyed Susan

Indian Summer Black-eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer'
(rud-BEK-ee-a) (HER-tuh)

Happy Halloween to everyone celebrating it. There have been more scary movies on TV than ever and I have been watching a lot of them. The gardening season should be officially over tonight as there is a freeze alert for all of Connecticut. Luckily all of the tropical foliage plants have been put away and all the freeze means is cleaning out the containers and the blackened annuals.

Speaking of container plants, Today’s Flower Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer' has been great in a pot. It started blooming in the spring and still had a lot of flowers when I left work on Friday. A little deadheading here and there was all it took to keep going. It didn’t even get regular watering. Most references listed it as an annual but it has come back in the spring for a couple of years now so I am officially designating it as a perennial. The flowers are lovely, really big and colorful.

Here comes November, ready or not. This quote kind of sums it up for me.

“No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, - November!”
Thomas Hood 1799-1845

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Here is Sunday’s Bonus flower:

Garden Phlox
Phlox paniculata ‘Orange Perfection’
(floks) (pan-ick-yoo-LAY-tuh)

I am not sure who named this plant but it really isn’t that orange. It can get a lot of pink in it depending where in the garden it is located. The color issue aside it did well blooming and seemed to be fairly mildew resistant.

10 comments: said...

i dont know the name...I know only its beautiful

eileeninmd said...

Happy Halloween! I love the beautiful black eyed susan and the pretty phlox. Gorgeous photos.

BJ Roan said...

They are both gorgeous!

jabblog said...

I never would have thought of growing Black-eyed Susan in a pot. It looks wonderful. Your phlox is beautiful, too.

Lui, Heaven said...

The Black-eyed Susan is so gorgeous! And the Phlox I see are mostly blue and white.

It must be quite a surprise to win tickets to a concert! What luck!

Denise said...

All your photos are amazing, and the close up of the Black-Eyed Susan, is stunning. Thanks for sharing and have a Happy Halloween.
An English Girl Rambles

Luna Miranda said...

beautiful macro shot of the black-eyed susan. lovely photos.

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

Happy Halloween! Good almost-black-and-orange photo. I was reading the page (haven't been here in a bit) and appreciated your suggestion to pinch asters. I had some that got much bigger than I thought and they sprawled all over the place. Also, wish you had gotten some pix of that art deco building that you saw the stand-up concert in. And one more thing, thanks for the tip about the Bartlett Arboretum. I've forwarded that to my brother near there.

Judy said...

That black eyed Susan is superb! I love the way you have gotten in so close, so we can see all the detail in the middle of the blossom!
Never seen red phlox before, either!

david mcmahon said...

Thanks so much for the visit and the kind comment. It's been more than a year since I last blogged - so it was great to return to a great circle of friendship.

Next time I'm in your neck of the woods, we must catch up.

That black-eyed Susan is spectacular - it's pure gold.