With all this to do today, what in the world am I doing here blogging?? For one, I wanted to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving. And two, today is Wildflower Wednesday. I have been racking my brain the last two weeks, trying to think of something I could show for this month's celebration of wildflowers. I could have shown another photo of dried seedheads and foliage, but with the rain recently, they've mostly turned to mush. Then, a small envelope arrived in the mail--serendipity!--and inspiration hit.
|Orange cosmos in the butterfly garden 2010|
Blogging friend Tina had kindly offered to send some seeds for 'Cosmic Orange' cosmos, after mine failed to appear this year. When I opened the letter from her, I was surprised to see not only cosmos seeds, but seeds for several other plants including some for Rudbeckia lacinata, a variety I have been admiring in other gardens for some time.
|Photo from Wikipedia|
Rudbeckia Lacinata, also known as Cutleaf Coneflower, can grow as tall as 8 feet, which makes it ideal for the back of a garden. It blooms in mid-summer to fall with central cones of green, turning to yellow with maturity. And like all Rudbeckias, it attracts all kinds of pollinators; in fact, it is the host plant for the Silvery Checkerspot butterfly.
|Photo from Illinoiswildflowers.info|
I hope that next summer I can show you both of these plants blooming in my own garden--thank you, Tina!
Wildflower Wednesday is being celebrated all this week by our hostess Gail at Clay and Limestone--why not drop by to view other wildflowers or join in when you have the time?
Today I am grateful for all of you who have shared your gardening experience and knowledge with me over the past few years. As I plan for tomorrow's big dinner, I realize that I have been truly blessed this past year--a new son-in-law and a new healthy grandson top the list. I also am thankful that both my parents are in good health and can join us tomorrow, as well as my youngest daughter, who will be celebrating her first Thanksgiving dinner with us in three years.
May all of you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!