Thursday, October 11, 2007

Black Eyed Susan

A while back, on one of her visits, our friend Chris brought us a couple of packets of black-eyed susan seeds. We've planted them in different locations, some wildly successful, others not so much.

This year a volunteer came up unexpectedly. I recognized the plant and just left it alone to grow or not. It grew. And now we have a beautiful, although lonely, black-eyed susan plant next to the well.

It's a great fall treat. Thanks, Chris !


  1. a new word for me! I don't even now what they're called in French, but they are beautiful. And this is a great shot !

  2. I've had good luck with this flower in my yard through the years by "directing" the seeds in the fall. Once the center of the flower dries you'll have many, many seeds that can be planted by pushing each tiny seed into the ground but not covering it. This plant will live two years but you'll have many more around it as it reseeds itself if left unattended.

  3. I'm so glad the Susans "took." The ones I gave to Joelle in Ales didn't come up at all.

    I have so many plants (with no effort on my part whatsoever) each spring that they sort of qualify as weeds, but the ones I don't want are easy to pull up. Mine have finished blooming for the year.

  4. Black-eyed Susan is a variety of Rudbeckia. The scientific name is Rudbeckia hirta. CHM

  5. I still have some seeds, and I'll try to "redirect" as conn says, to spread them around to different places.

    I had a sneaking suspicion that we might hear from CHM on this topic. Merci !

  6. What great phtos!!


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