In a Vase: Black Eyes and Golden

echinacea purpurea powwow wildberry and rudbeckia triloba

Today's vase celebrates the arrival of the large-centered flowers of midsummer, in this case Echinacea and Rudbeckia.

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Midsummer Wildflowers

Although many of the same wildflowers have been blooming for weeks now, there is a change as the season progresses.


Most notable along the roadsides are the daylilies (Hemerocallis) and prairie roses (Rosa carolina).  I have no pictures of these as it is difficult to park and photograph alongside our narrow, shoulderless, two-lane county roads.  There is not much traffic, but when it comes, it is typically whizzing by at a full fifty-five miles per hour!  Perhaps someday I shall be braver...


Meantime, the most noticeable change on our property is the brilliant arrival of Rudbeckia triloba, the native Black-eyed Susan.

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In a Vase: A Rose From the Past

old pink moss rose

The Common Moss Rose is a rose with a past.  Firstly because it is indisputably an antique of importance, being the original mossy sport from Rose centifolia and thereby the founder of the Moss rose family.  Secondly, for me personally it has a special place, as I grew it for some years in my first garden, along with a small number of other old rose varieties.  My own feelings toward it are expressed simply by the fact that this was the first rose I searched for when I was ready to grow antique roses again.


I bought a plant while still in Arizona.  It came as a five-inch band so would have flowered for the first time this year in any case.  When I left, in all the turmoil I managed to dig some suckers from the base of the plant as it had certainly begun to flourish even if it had not yet flowered.  And incredibly the suckers took hold and remained healthy in their big pot, despite being subjected to a good deal of winter cold and despite being stuffed for months in the lightless back of my covered pickup bed.  


I was still not expecting any blooms this year.  But here they come, just a few, just this week for the first time.

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In a Vase: Coral and Wine

Dianthus and Heuchera for In a Vase on Monday

Today's posy is a tiny little concoction in my smallest bud vase.

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Wildflowers in the Pasture

trifolium pratense with grasses

In my last post I picked a collection of wildflowers from the horse pasture.  This area is behind the house and higher up the hillside; there is plenty of sunshine (when the sun is shining anyway) but still also plenty of water.  In fact, we have been getting so much too much rain that everything continues to be seriously soaked even high up the hill.  Down the front hillside is a seep where, in wet periods, the water comes oozing out and runs on down to the street.  At present it is burbling away, gushing into the roadside ditch.  Definitely a jolly little spring and quite a change from the desert...


But back to the wildflowers.  They seem mostly to be upland types: cinquefoil and yarrow, for instance.  Perhaps the wildflowers will aid me in selecting garden varieties?  I had intended to go with dryland perennials, given our south-facing hillside; but all this soaked soil is making me wonder whether that is a good idea.  The naturally occurring wildflower selection would still indicate it might be right.


Anyway, here is a gallery of photos from Monday morning's tour with the camera. 

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Other Garden Blogs to Follow

First, a link to the earlier version of this blog at, where the first two years of the original garden can be viewed.