Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Daily Farm Photo: 8/23/05

Hardy Echinacea Blooms All Summer Long In The Garden


  1. Oh and nettle? That is a hell of a healthy beautiful combo you have going on there. :)

  2. People pay good money in the city for that stuff! Little do they know they could just get a farm & be set!

  3. This a very good photo--especially with that butterfly in such perfect position. Does echinacea attract many butterflies?

  4. Any Brown-Eyed Susans growing????


  5. Hi Clare,
    I don't think that other plant in the photo is nettle, but I don't remember what it's called. It has these cute little pom-pomish, yellow-orange flowers all over it. It blooms for months and requires no care.

    A 76 year-old local gardener dug some up for me several years ago from her garden. This, of course, is the best way to acquire plants, as success is almost guaranteed. Although hers was a big, full bush, and mine is more like a tangle of long shoots reaching out in every direction. But I love the flowers, and it withstands our bizarre weather without complaining, so I won't either. I'll try to take a picture of it. Maybe it is in the nettle family.

    Hi Wendy,
    You figured out one of our secrets! : ) Actually, a few years ago we seriously considered planting an acre of echinacea to see what would happen and if we could find a buyer for it. It's probably still on the Long, Long Range To Do List. . . : )

    Hi Amy,
    Thanks. Yes, echinacea flowers attract more butterflies than anything else in my garden. Well, except sheep manure! There are so many articles written about all these different things you can do and plant to attract butterflies to your yard. I thought it was so funny when I discovered what they really like! But nobody wants to read about that. . .Oops, I guess you just did. : )

    Hi BB,
    Funny you should mention them. They are, of course, one of my favorite wildflowers, though I think they're really called Black-Eyed Susans. I think I'll have to take my camera on the walk today. . .

  6. Yellow stuff is Kerria and it is bright and rather charming. We've even had some growing in deep woods where it was really dry and got NO light. Grows well from cuttings too.


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