But yesterday was Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, and I didn't want to miss out, even though my camera needs re-charging as much as I do, and I haven't taken many photos at home. There are lilies blooming galore, including the first 'Stargazer,' which was a lovely welcome home yesterday morning. Phlox, hydrangeas, cosmos, a few zinnias, and one lone little purple poppy are creating a riot of color in the garden on this July Bloom Day. But what everyone notices first in my garden are the purple coneflowers. This is one plant that, if I may say so, grows as well in the Midwest, if not better, as in Portland.
When I say I have an abundance of coneflowers, I am not exaggerating. I leave the plants standing in the fall for the birds, and the cold, harsh winter this past year must have been ideal for them. I pulled a few and gave away others, but I didn't have the heart to really thin them.
And they're everywhere! This started me thinking--if we have names for groups of animals, like a gaggle of geese or a murder of crows, why not a name for a large group of plants as well? I might call this a sea of coneflowers in the sidewalk bed.
Or a profusion of coneflowers in the roadside bed.
How about a medley of coneflowers in the Arbor Bed?
I don't have many cultivars, other than this 'Big Sky Sunset' and the 'White Swan' above. Almost all the coneflowers are the common Echinacea Purpurea, or else we might call them a myriad of coneflowers.
I like alliteration, so perhaps a good term would be a conglomeration of coneflowers.
Or a convocation of coneflowers?
From a different perspective, a pulpit of coneflowers sounds appropriate.
Or another point of view--perhaps a stage of coneflowers?
More alliteration--possibly, a collation of coneflowers.
Or maybe a congregation of coneflowers?
A caboodle of coneflowers sounds playful to me.
As you can see, when the coneflowers bloomed, the butterflies seemed to magically appear as well. I followed the first Monarch with my phone as it fluttered from one bloom to another. Maybe the best choice for a term in this case would be a delight of coneflowers.
For the bees, though, the garden has become a buffet of coneflowers.
They, too, are happy to see these flowers and might call them a delirium of coneflowers.
Perhaps a new word altogether needs to be coined to describe such a bounty of blooms, such as a conflabulation of coneflowers. Whatever you want to call this abundance, you can see why coneflowers are not only my favorite flower, but a favorite of so many beautiful creatures in my garden as well.
Thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for hosting this each month and giving us a showcase for sharing blooms from all over the world.