We have had a cooler that normal summer (which is alright with me), but means that the last fall blooms will not live as long as in warmer days. Nights are cool to 8-11 centigrade.
|Helenium hybrid by local grower|
|Helenium 'Ruby Tuesday"|
|H. "Ruby Tuesday"|
|Helianthus "Lemon Queen" a natural hybrid|
Lemon Queen gets to about 6 feet tall. Some drier years it doesn't make it that tall but this was a good year. The blooms below are being pollinated by the Bombus bimaculatus, or Two-spotted Bumble Bee, a native as far as I can tell.
Finished flowering a week or so ago, the cup plant flower heads are still pretty interesting to look at.
The latin name is Silphium perfoliatum, perfoliatum meaning 'through the leaf'. The opposite leaves are large and cup the stem which intended or not creates a well or cup to catch rainwater.
Coneflowers are probably in everyone's garden at some time or another. Here is a photo of mine in the wilder back area.
The photo is not complete as it is missing the green headed coneflowers and coreopsis. Also it was taken a couple of weeks ago before everybody toppled over. I keep planting new additions close to the originals to try to keep everyone upright as long as possible. All the coneflowers are the species and self seed, yay!
|Green headed coneflower, Rudbeckia laciniata|
I will leave you with some asters and that bumblebee Bombus bimaculatus. The bumblebees were everywhere. I was finding 3 and 4 on individual plants. They too must like the warm glow of a late September afternoon.
|Aster novi-belgii by the front door|