I adore your sunny faces and how wonderfully you make the garden alive with color. You kept me smiling through the horrid summer weather and bloomed your heart out! Thank you!
But, we do have to talk! Some of you, and I am speaking directly to you Ms Goldie Fulgida, have gotten a bit too pushy and have crowded out your less extroverted cousins. Poor Ms Hirta has hardly shown her face in several years. Sweet Henry Eilers Subtomentosa whispered to me that you were way too bossy and he was thinking about decamping. I've been planning on inviting Rudie Fulgida (to see the family tree go to var fulgida) to the garden party. She's quite small for a member of the Rudbeckia clan and a real late bloomer. You might scare her away. Btw, did any of you even notice Max, he's the tall fellow in the back, you just rushed past him in your haste to take all the best spots? My dears, I take total responsibility. I've let you go and have hardly reigned you in!
We've had a grand time at the garden party. But, I'm wondering if a new host or two might be needed? Mix it up; add some bio-diversity. If it's just you, me and your bff, Goldenrod, we're going to lose the party animals. It wouldn't be the same without the Bees and Butterflies. You've got to admit when the Bumbles party they are the first here and the last to leave. A successful garden party season needs a lot of guests. Can't you picture it? ~A party from spring to frost! What a crowd we'll have.
You need a break. You've had all the glory, but, with it, all the responsibility. To be the life of the garden party is a enormous pressure!
You don't fool me~So stop pouting! You know you want the company! You get along beautifully with Phlox and the burgundy that Hibiscus likes to wear is a good compliment to your sunny nature. Did you notice The Waiting Bench is painted purple? Just for you! Imagine the drama next summer! It's very near the color of some of the asters and liatris that keep you company.
Let's take the winter to think it over; give us all some space. We can get together next spring. I'm sure by then we'll have a clearer vision of the party season and who else we need to include.