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Monday, July 11, 2011

Glorious Gloriosa Daisy

Move over Susans your offspring are painting the garden in their rich mahogany browns and larger then ever bright golden yellows.
They don't mean to outshine you~

'Solar Eclipse' and 'Cherry Brandy' are two Rudbeckia hirta* cultivars that fit beautifully into the rough and tumble Clay and Limestone neighborhood.

Big turbaned cones


encircled with pollen

that never fails to attract the pollinators.

But. my dear Susans~You have nothing to worry about, they're in one small spot and you rule the Kingdom when you bloom....Btw, I noticed you're already beginning your ascent.

xxoogail

For more about the Susans: I love them and write about them more then I do PPPP!
Dear Susans, We Need To Talk
The Gardens Not Seedy, Those Are Seedheads
I Heard The Susans Shout With Joy
Summertime and the Susans Are Blooming
Wildflower Wednesday~Waiting For The Susans

* Gloriosa daisy is one of the common names for R hirta
This post was written by Gail Eichelberger for my blog Clay and Limestone Copyright 2011.This work protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Please contact me for permission to copy, reproduce, scrape, etc.

28 comments:

  1. These are one of my faves. The photos are beautiful, makes me want to put in more!

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  2. I am loving those, too! So easy to grow. I almost tried Cherry Brandy, but was concerned that after the pollinator hanky-panky, there would be no cherry color. Glad to see your blooms are holding true-- I am definitely going to try these next year.

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  3. Simply wonderful, Gail! These are perfect for our hot summer gardens and make a strong impact en masse. (But what doesn't?) They seem to be having a good year here, as well. We hope for good reseeding. The Goldsturms are just beginning, too. It is the season of yellow/gold, coming up!
    xxxooo
    Frances

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  4. Beautiful, just beautiful. I have a weird cocoon thingy I posted today, when you have a minute will you take a look to see if you know it?

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  5. Amazing photos as always...you have such an eye and ability!

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  6. What photos! What glorious sunny flowers. I just have black eyed susans in my field, but I love these in my garden.

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  7. They are so beautiful Gail. Great photography work Girl!

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  8. Gloriosa Daisies make a stunning display. Once in a while some of my species BES have mahogany markings. Rudbeckia are leaving in my garden, replaced by heat-loving Madagascar periwinkles for a new color wave.

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  9. Endless summer, Brandy, and Denver varieties here. hard to beat in the heat. as long as you water.

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  10. Love these flowers. Had thought about the Gerbera Daisey's in my garden. I thought they would help keep my little buddy's {Bumbles} around. They are so cute when they are sleeping.

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  11. I love your photos. But you are costing me a fortune. Every time a read your post there is a new "Must Have" on my garden list

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  12. These are gorgeous, Gail! I imagine the Susans might be a little jealous:) I have a couple of the 'Cherry Brandys', but now I'm going to have to look for 'Solar Eclipse,' too.

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  13. I have two (was three) Cherry Brandy, but really want more Rudbeckia in my garden....next year I guess. Great plants, love 'Denver' which I saw in the Park Seed garden.

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  14. Amazingly enough, my susans did not return this year. But they left a few of their seedlings behind, so future generations will delight me. I'll enjoy yours instead. I'll also enjoy the new ones I planted!

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  15. 'Indian Summer' are my favorite hirta's. They are such tough plants. I'm potting some up with my zinnia marylandica seedlings this week. Great pictures!!

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  16. Gail, I hope you blow up that second photo and put it above your desk to enjoy in the winter. It's gorgeous and says everything about this point in the summer. Wonder if the bugs enjoy the Stokesia Asters because of how furry it feels under their feet? Saw several for sale at the nursery and was so tempted - they're a bit short-lived here, but such lovely blossoms.

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  17. I like these in any color. Great photos.

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  18. I love these too, but have shied away from them thinking they were not as perennial as other Rudbeckias. Do they come back and increase for you?

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  19. Big, bold, and beautiful, Gail! Love the photo with the bench.

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  20. Les, That remains to be seen! Although, I did have another cultivar survive in a container~so surely these will. gail

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  21. Those are so pretty. I nearly lost my Cherry Brandy to humidity and caterpillars, but she is coming back. I have one named 'Denver Daisy' which is really showing off right now. I love the Susans. Thank goodness for them.~~Dee

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  22. Those are gorgeous! I can see why they'd be so attractive to bees and butterflies. Speaking of bees, are you joining in the Bee-A-Thon on Saturday?

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  23. Hi Gail ! ur summer definately doesn't look dry ... it's slpendid so colorful and lively ... i wish i had them too - they surely brighten up our garden ... Beautiful :)

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  24. Really pretty, Gail. Just when I thought you had a whole "field" of these daisies, you confess to a pot... ha! However, I'd take a pot, any day! Love your photos - very professional!! Enjoy your day!!

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  25. I love swathes of yellow-gold Gail and you sure have aplenty. I do still prefer your simple Susans, so be sure to let them know. Your bench photo is so inviting . . . I wonder at all the magic you must see from there. Lovely post!

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