Friday, November 21, 2008

Willow-leaved Sunflower

Willow-leaved Sunflower
Helianthus salicifolius
(hee-lee-AN-thus) (sal-iss-ih-FOH-lee-us)

This picture was taken in October of 2005. It turned up while I was trying to organize some of the photos on my hard drive. The same patch of Willow-leaved Sunflower bloomed beautifully this year too. It is an easy perennial plant to grow and we haven’t done anything to it other than taking a few small pieces off the side to spread out the patch a little bit. You don’t really notice this plant in the garden until it starts blooming. That is really late in the season here in Connecticut and then it really shines. It flowers for quite a long time and can even take a few frosts. Next year I am going to plant it with another long lasting perennial, Aster frikartii.

It has been really cold for this time of year the last couple of days. Kind of like mid to late December. In a few of the more southern gardens that I take care of there was still a few annuals and late perennials blooming and looking good. Not anymore! We still have a lot of things to do so I hope it warms up a little bit next week.

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Julia Erickson said...

Great photograph. I love finding old photos that I've forgotten about.

Diane Dehler said...

These are bright and lovely. Our weather is no longer in the 80s in Northern Cal and while not as pleasant, it is a relief to have normal weather.