Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Anticipation....

I have been carefully watching my new 'Sundown' Echinacea for the first bloom. It was a birthday present from my husband this spring, which I described in an earlier post.




Here the flower is just starting to unfold. The petals have a two tone effect, as the color on the top of the petals is orange, but the backs are more mauve-ish, like it's purple coneflower cousin. At this stage, I am hoping it will be as beautiful as the picture on the nursery tag.




A couple of days later.... in full bloom! I like the color and way the ends of the petals look....sort of like they were cut with a pinking shears. I doesn't seem to match very closely the photo or description on the nursery tag which reads "coral petals tipped in salmon," but is what I would describe as a soft orange. Never the less, it is pretty and it may still color up a bit as it matures, as flowers sometimes do. It has bloomed ahead of the purple coneflowers, which are still in the bud stage. This in itself is a reason to smile! ;-)

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Coneflowers are the backbone of my Summer flower beds
and they are just delightful .... such HAPPY flowers!



13 comments:

kris said...

Shoot, the photos aren't coming up. I'll check back later - I love coneflowers too!

Owin & Irena said...

nope. can't see the photos. I'll check back too.
Irena

kris said...

Yes - now I can see them! Beautiful and really, really different from any I've seen before.

Me said...

What a lovely color. I wonder...if they seed true...?

Becky said...

I have planted these in the past but lost them to the voles. They just disappeared overnight.

wahzat!! said...

Chelle's mom these photos are awesome. I always have a great respect for people who give such love to their gardens. i would love to garden myself, but I can't get past the dirt aspect of it. Sigh

Nancy said...

I planted some cone flowers this year and am anxious for them to grow, and bloom, and then return next year. Keep your fingers crossed! Nancy

Bev said...

Connie, I love coneflowers too and that one is absolutely breathtaking. I bet it would look great with some purple and soft violet.

Owin & Irena said...

the wait for the pictures was well worth it. that is a lovely colour. reminds me of sherbet.
Irena

Andrea's Garden said...

Your Echinacea is very different and I adore it. I will have to look for that over here! Have a great week! Andrea

MrBrownThumb said...

Congrats on the first bloom. I've wanted to add that Echinacea to my garden for a while now.

lisa said...

Nice! I'm just getting started on a coneflower collection this year, as part of my "operation pollenator lure" project. There sure are some new beauties out there, I hope I can enjoy similar sucess!

Petunia's Gardener said...

Finally, found this one again! I will add this to my list. I've been focused on the vegetable garden with some flowers mixed in, but now I want to start a bed with such wonderful flowers as these. I hope they are drought tolerant as my other coneflowers (for our couple summer low rain months that is). Thanks for sharing! Paula