Welcome reader to my blog - a mixture of this and that. Now that we are living in a retirement community in downtown Columbia, MD my personal gardening activities are somewhat curtailed. I still enjoy visiting gardens, reading, watching wildlife on my walks, traveling, and occasional food commentary. Please leave a comment if you feel inspired to do so. I read every one of them.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Friday Favorite

I know Black-eyed Susans are known as Rudbeckia and that there are lots of varieties.  But I much prefer Black-eyed Susans because all of the ones I have came to me from others and who knows what variety and they are a tad different.  At this time of year they can be counted on to be in full flower and be a favorite.

Here they are with a note if I can remember about who gave them to me or how they got to growing where they are.

At my front door there is this very large stand of yellow faces.  These came with me from my old house when I dug up some lilies of the valley that had been at my husband's grandparents home and transplanted to our old home.  I wasn't going to leave them behind when we built this house so when the time came to plant them (three years after we sold the old house) I went back for the lilies and got the Black-eyed Susans in the bargain.

This group was given to me by my friend, Marcy who is also a teacher.

This group came from someone in the church choir I do believe.
 This group came from the former church choir director.
 This group is self seeded from another bed.
 This group got transplanted with the iris which came from the church Peace garden.
 Another volunteer sowing.
They are still volunteering all over the place and I hate to pull them out.  I know the ground hog helps to control them as does the rabbit.  If I plant them farther afield and don't treat them with Liquid Fence, the deer will mow them down.  I will undoubtedly find more places for them because after all they are a favorite.

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