Sunday, August 12, 2007

Black-Eyed Susan Season


Rudbeckia hirta

Two summers ago, we stopped near our house to dig some wild Black-Eyed Susans growing in the ditch by the side of the road. They were always so thick and beautiful until the county decided to mow them down. That's when we decided to 'relocate' some of them to our gardens where they would be better appreciated rather than cut down in the prime of their lives.


At first, we put them in our back garden, where they thrived. Really well they thrived! They weren't sited in the best spot to allow them the freedom to come and go as they pleased. The strawberries were competing with them for real estate and neither one was willing to give in to the other, so I moved the flowers.


They're fairly well-behaved now, as you can see, although I've had to remove a seedling or two from time to time. Right now, they're shining brightly in a small bed near the pool and closer to the house, which pleases Romie because they're one of his favorite flowers.



We've got a couple of other hybrid rudbeckias, a.k.a. Gloriosa Daisies, out in Max's Garden. Both 'Irish Eyes' and 'Prairie Sun,' which have larger blooms than the wild species, are planted together and I often get them confused as to which is which. 'Irish Eyes' is in the middle, with 'Prairie Sun' to the left and right.

In the upper left is a Gloriosa Daisy left from last year and I have no idea which one it is. Those are quite varied in appearance as far as shading and spotting go. I love it when they do this:





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21 comments:

RUTH said...

What a lovely selection you have. Such bright cheery flowers. Happy GTS

Mark said...

I'm glad you moved them,their is nothing more annuying when a council worker mows down flowersw just because they have to cut that area.Nice shots of the rudbeckias especially the last one.They also add a splash of colour towards the end of Summer.

jodi said...

You know, Kyle, there are people who think these plants are dull and mundane. I love them, even if they do get a bit exuberant by times, and even though they also mean 'high summer' to me. Prairie Sun is definitely a favourite, although I have one out back that is double (and a mystery to me!). Thanks for doing this love-song-to-Rudbeckias. I shall do the same (after I figure out which are which).

farmingfriends said...

What a shame they used to get mowed down. Now you have given them a loving home. I think these flowers are just lovely they are like mini sunflowers all smiley and cheery.
Sara from farmingfriends

Jean said...

I have Black-eyed Susans everywhere right now! I do love them. Great pictures!

Deb said...

They look so healthy! Mine came up this year looking really pitiful - I think because we had such a hard freeze in the spring. Maybe they'll do better next year. Great photos - thanks so much for sharing them!

captain lifecruiser said...

Great photos! Rudbeckias always are a good choice in the garden. They're like small sun's :-)

Crafty Gardener said...

It's great you are now enjoying the black eyed Susans in your garden. They are such cheery plants, and are very drought tolerant.

Rosie said...

Love your Rudbeckias....they are among my favorites. I just found your blog and will be checking in often :)

Laurie & Chris said...

Black eyed susans are one of our favorites. We had so many we had to give them away last year.

Karkki said...

Lovely Rudbeckia, I'm jealous. Mine up and died this summer. :(

Muum said...

These are great, I had some Irish Eyes that didn't quite make it last year, too dry for them, if you can believe that! (couldn't have been the negligent gardener!)

No Rain said...

Your photos are lovely. I like Rudbeckias, and looking at your photos makes me want to plant some.
Happy late GTS.
Aiyana

Alyssa said...

I can't think of anyone who doesn't like Black-eyed Susans. They are so bright and cherry. Yours look beautiful.

Ladynred said...

They look beautiful flowers! Such bright color.

Drew said...

Very nice. I especially like the last shot.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I don't particularly like black-eyed susans (sorry, alyssa) as a rule but they do look so bright and cheerful in your garden. (Don't ask why, it's all about growing up in the 70s and wanting a purple bedroom but getting a yellow and brown one with Holly Hobbie everything instead!)

By the way, Irish eyes have green "eyes" to the flowers, Kylee, so you should be able to tell the two apart that way.

Kylee said...

I'm in the camp that doesn't particularly like the plain old black-eyed susans that well, but I do love 'Prairie Sun' and 'Irish Eyes.' Maybe because they're bigger and bigger is better, right? LOL. Not really.

Kim, both IE and PS have green eyes... ;-)

Ann M. said...

Such great pictures! I really love the close up :)

chigiy at Gardeners Anonymous said...

Alright, roadside garden plunder, I love it.
They look very happy in their new home.

snappy said...

I love all these flowers.Im glad you rehomed some before they were chopped down.Its a good thing to do :)

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