Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Wildflower Wednesday

I went to Gail's blog to ask her a question about some grasses she recommended, and saw that it is Wildflower Wednesday, so went out just as it was about to get dark, and took some photos.  I did have some I had taken earlier in the day, so was able to use some of those as well.

I always forget what these coneflowers are called.  They've been in this spot for several years, and always put on a nice display.

When I looked to see if Centaurea macrocephala was a wildflower, the only thing I saw was that it is a wildflower of the British Isles.  I'd like to see them in their native habitat.  I've had this clump over 10 years, and it is smaller than it used to be.  I sure like these unusual blooms.  When I first got it, it was because it was called a perennial bachelor button.  When the first golden globes appeared, I wondered if the plant was mislabeled.  I was amazed when the yellow fluff appeared.

I can't think of the name of this little white blooming plant, but remember that it's a wildflower.  The monarda in the background is a hybrid, I think,  'Pink Delight'.

Are swamp milkweeds considered wildflowers in both pink and white?

Purple Milkweed:

Rattlesnake Master:

I don't remember the butterfly milkweeds doing so well.

 I couldn't get a good photo of the Culver's Root, but am excited this one is blooming the first year planted.  I have another one that was purchased at a different place, and it is smaller, so it probably won't bloom this year.

Is gooseneck loosestrife a wildflower?  I have it planted in a washtub so it can't try to take over any flower beds.  I just got it from the Community Crops plant sale this year, so I'm tickled to see it is going to bloom. 

This echinacea paradoxa bloomed shorter than the plant is supposed to get, and has had this bloom awhile, so I should probably cut it off so it can focus on growing larger.

I'm glad several of the larkspur that come up in the vegetable garden every year transplanted successfully in the front, and are blooming.  I planted several coneflowers and rudbeckias.  There is one on the left by the fence.

Dalea purpurea 'Stephanie' in bud:

I cut back the side stems of the Joe Pye Weed, but not the middle.  The middle ones are going to bloom soon, and the shorter ones will bloom a bit later, extending the bloom time.

Rose Campion:


Wood Betony, Knautia:

The white coneflower is a volunteer, but it's not a native one.  I like it, though.

I look forward to seeing what kinds of native plants others have.


  1. As always, I thoroughly enjoy my visits to your garden, Sue! It really is a magical place :)

  2. Well, I will 'second' Desiree's comment! A lovely little glance into your beautiful place.

  3. What a delightful garden you have. I am always impressed by the different plants you have growing there.

    Happy Gardening ~ FlowerLady

  4. Your garden is so beautiful. Many of the wildflowers you showed are growing in my garden. Most are new and not as showy as yours. Hopefully one day! Thanks for sharing your beautiful blooms.

  5. like you milkweed collection. this has been a great year for butterfly weed in kansas also.

  6. You are the queen of milkweed. Such variety. I'm still waiting for mine to get big. Yea on the gooseneck loosestrife. Love those blooms.

  7. I'm no expert, Sue, but your first coneflowers look like Prairie Coneflowers, Echinacea pallida. The petals droop rather than spread out horizontally from the center. I'm still trying to figure out if the tall plant at the back of my butterfly garden is my Joe Pye or some other giant weed:)

  8. Hi,

    Lovely photos, I love the Culver's root; I've bought a few this year and they too are blooming nicely but I can't wait for them to reproduce over the coming years.

  9. Your flowers are beautiful. I noticed your Rose Campion is white! Mine is a hot purple-pink given to me by a friend who has tons of it. I have learned something today.

  10. Oh man, I want more flowers now. Yours are so pretty!

  11. Great display!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  12. gorgeous glimpses of your garden beauties.

  13. I have vivid pink Rose Campion...I didn't know it came in other colors! Did I ever tell you we grow sedum for a living?

  14. HI Sue. Now I really like the white Milkweed. I am going to have to see if I can find some seeds for it somewhere.You just have so many flowers girl.LOL! I do not know how you keep track of them.Maybe that is just because I am getting so forgetful though. That Lead plant is interesting. I like the foliage. Have a wonderful weekend.

  15. Hi Sue, I saw a bud on my Milkweed plant and thought of you. Great shots of your flowers.

  16. Beautiful blooms! We'll have to get together and see how everything has changed soon. The rabbits in our yard are getting fatter...and my plants are becoming smaller :-( .


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