Sunday, September 14, 2008

Glorious Daisy


Black-eyed Susans are one of my favorite garden flowers...especially so in late Summer, when they bloom their hearts out while other flowers languish in the heat. They also go by the names Rudbeckia or Gloriosa Daisy, which literally means Glorious Daisy, which I think decribes them best. I grew several varieties from seed this year, with the winter sowing method. This is one of my favorites so far....



It looks rather like a burst of sun, doesn't it? I love the sunny yellow ring around the brown center cone, along with the splashes of orange. I obtained the seed from a GardenWeb trade, labeled as 'Cherokee Sunset'..... but descriptions and images of that variety show them to be either double or semi-double, so I'm not sure if the seed was mis-labeled or perhaps just crossed with another type of Rudbeckia. In any case, it is very pretty!

Rudbeckias can be either annuals or perennials, so since I don't know yet what this will be, I'll save some seed to re-plant next year.... and hope to get the same results.


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Some Trivia.....

The name Black-Eyed Susan is likely derived from the poem composed by English poet John Gay, titled, “Black-Eyed Susan,” which was written in the early 18th century.


12 comments:

Defining Your Home said...

Beautiful! I don't have any of those due to bunnies and deer. I've linked your blog from mine. Hope that's okay. Cameron (Defining Your Home Garden)

Liz said...

I love rudbeckia too. I've never had much luck growing them from seed though so will be interested to see how you get on.

marmee said...

beautiful rudbeckia! like a ray of sunshine.

garden girl said...

They are glorious Connie!

I really like the bi-color. I'd love to find one with those colors that's perennial.

Cat said...

It is delicious looking, almost good enough to eat! It reminds me of the peaches we've been eating lately. I hope to be on the list for 3 or 4 seeds to try in my garden(?). See you tomorrow!!

Me said...

My Mom had a variety similar to that at her old house and she loved it dearly - I don't think she has planted it at her new place.

Beth said...

I planted my first glorisa daisy this year and it's my new favorite flower. The variety you have here is soooooo pretty! I'm hoping to add some more next growing season.

O.I.M said...

beautiful. love the colours.
cheers
irena

Roses and Lilacs said...

Beautiful flower. I think I'm the only one in the world who hasn't had success with winter sowing. I don't know why my little seeds will not sprout in the covered containers.
Marnie

Chelle said...

one word: darling!

Jane Marie said...

It's truly GLORIOUS! I love all rudbeckias, this has to be my next purchase.

Zoey said...

Oh, wouldn't that one make a gorgeous bouquet to bring inside? The coloring is exquisite.