Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) are one of my most dependable perennials. They mainly bloom in spring, then rest for summer, then put on a few blooms in fall. This picture is one of my fall blooms. I started growing purple coneflowers about 2 years ago. My friend Kiki gave me some of her coneflowers when she divided them. Now I have plenty of coneflowers! I'm going to divide mine and give some to my aunt Kathy for Thanksgiving.
Here is a picture of my mums. They have more flowers on them than the last time I posted about them. I really like the color (deep red/maroon). The color is a bit washed out from the sunlight.
This is a picture of a seed head on my Gaillardia.
I love my Agastache 'Heatwave'. It has tons of flowers and the bees love it. I posted about this plant a few months ago, when I bought it from Lowe's. Its done well since then. I have two other kinds of Agastache (Ava and Acapulco Salmon/Pink). I bought those from High Country Gardens, a mail order nursery. They are growing well, but a little too small to photograph now. If you want to attract hummingbirds, plant Agastache!
This is my Turks Cap (Malvaviscus drummondii). This plant started as a cutting from LSU and I've been growing it for a few years. It has unusual flowers....they hang down towards the ground! This is a good plant for light shade and hummingbirds like this plant.
I'll close with a picture of my dog Max. Whenever I'm out in the garden, he follows me around and tries to eat bees. Of course, the bees are too fast and he never eats them. Every now and then a bee will sting him on the nose, but he doesn't learn to leave the bees alone.