Sunday, June 3, 2012

Mystery Plant

Rudbeckia, Goldilocks
I have been watching this plant grow.  I planted two of the same kind last year and planted them close together in the front of my biggest rose bed.  I was sure both of them were dead, however one lived.  I called it the mystery plant because I could not believe it had lived, the other one did die.  Unlike a cousin, Rudbeckia Gold Strum, the Gloriosa Daisy is not as hardy, nor does it multiply as quickly.  I also planted two Rudbeckia Gloriosa Daisies, Rustic Colors.  Goldilocks is much taller than the others also.  Rustic Colors and Gold Strum are single flowers and Goldilocks are very doubled.  The only thing bad about the Gloriosa Daisy is it has to be tied up, the wind will blow it down.  The Rudbeckia are often called Black eyed Susans and Cone Flowers they are in the same family as the Echinacea.  There are more than thirty different species.  I have four, of the four I have the Gold Strum is the only one that I think is invasive, I have to keep it pulled up, likes dry soil, the others like moist ground.  The Gloriosa Daisy blooms longer, cut them back and they will bloom until fall.  The Gold Strum blooms with only one stem per plant, it also multiplies by root as well as seed.  I planted my Echinacea beside the Gold Strum, they are gone the Gold Strum took over.  I had to buy more Echinacea and plant them far away.
  I have told you before I do not like to pick my flowers.  They live much longer on the vine, and others can see them.  However Carrel likes flowers on the table.   I thought about making this arrangement in the middle of the night.  So I got out early this morning and picked eight different flowers.  I know it does not look professional, but who cares Carrel was very pleased, but could hardly believe it.  I hope you enjoyed reading about the Rudbeckias and like my arrangement.  Thank you for watching my garden grow and bloom and will grow one of you own.  Happy gardening to you from me, Juanita.

I know this is not a Daisy, however it is one of my favorite roses, All American Beauty.


  1. Beautiful arrangement! One of my daisies is blooming. All of my lil ones and my bachelor buttons are. Perhaps I'll send you a picture. Hope you have a GREAT BIRTHDAY!

  2. Your Rudbeckias are great. I'm just getting some started in my garden this year. Your flower arrangement is very pretty and colorful. I don't pick too many flowers either but there are ones that must come in like peonies and lilacs in the spring!

  3. That is one of the most beautiful arrangement I have seen. Wow.

  4. Your blooms are wonderful and your vase of blooms is lovely. Bet your neighbor loved it.

    Cher Sunray Gardens

  5. love your arrangement!! what gorgeous flowers!!

  6. Rudbeckias are happy flowers.

    That was a lovely bouquet you picked for Carrel.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your kind comment.

    I love to embroider and crochet, have been crocheting a lot lately, and my right hand and arm are letting me know it.

    I also have another blog where you can read about and see my gardens, etc.

    Where do you live? I'm in s.e. FL USA, zone 10.

    Enjoy the rest of your week.


    1. Thank you so much for visiting I live in South Arkansas close to the Miss River in the delta hot here

  7. What a lovely arrangement! I don't get flowers picked to bring inside, either. You asked me about what kind of rudbeckia one of mine from my last post is. I am very scatterbrained, and don't often remember the varieties of flowers I plant. I am thinking Cherokee was one of them, though, I just don't remember which one.

  8. Thank you for visiting. I will have to look up that one