Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wildflower Wednesday -- Way out of control

Welcome to Wildflower Wednesday, when we join Gail of Clay and Limestone to share our photos and stories of native wildflowers. My favorite today is in my own garden.

Golden Coreopsis has grown out of control in my garden. They were 1 foot tall when I put in the original plants 2 years ago. Last year I didn't have any at all - some garden helpers pulled them out in early spring thinking they were weeds. But this year they are back with a vengeance - a towering 4 feet tall, growing over all my other perennials and shrubs. So I am enjoying the show they're putting on, and then I plant to pull them and let them reseed in a more appropriate place where they can grow to their heart's content!

Golden Coreopsis, Coreopsis tinctoria
This amazing wildflower gets 1-4 feet tall. The yellow and reddish/brown leaves are bright and bold, made even more so by the giant stems on which they rest.

13 comments:

ConsciousGardener said...

I love the longshot of your yard! My coreopsis is only a foot high with one bloom! The out of control plant I've got going on is Fall Aster...in the spring? Go figure. It's 5ft. tall, no buds, but what the heck? Happy Hump Day!

Diana said...

ConsciousGardener - Thanks. My 1 foot Coreopsis was "Cute" when I put it in! My fall aster is growing, but no where near 5ft! Maybe a foot. I've seen them going all over town. Maybe because of our cool, late spring?

Patchwork said...

Is that outside the fence? And, the deer aren't chomping it? Not sure that would work here, but I may try. I really like the Coreopsis.

The glimpse of your Buddleja looks like it's doing well, too.

~~Linda...

Gail said...

So glad you joined! I love Golden Coreopsis and think it looks pretty spectacular in your lovely garden. Hmmm~maybe I ought to try this at C&L! gail

Janet said...

A nice addition to any wildflower garden! It is so bright and cheery.

JoFerrer said...

I love what you Garden Bloggers are doing. Has inspired me to do the same. Just posted my new garden pics on my blog. Hoping to cultivate my own jungle.

Diana said...

Patchwork - it IS outside the fence and the deer don't bother them - they grow in the wild all over the place, so they must be safe! I just pruned the Buddleia like a tree and I love it. Don't know why I didn't do that before!

Gail - try the Coreopsis - but WAY in the back somewhere so they can get tall!

Janet - they are so cheery - makes me smile to look at them, even though they are so gangly in there!

JoFerrer--how nice to hear we're inspiring! I get so much inspiration from garden blogs all the time.

Cindy, MCOK said...

I've planted seeds for that Coreopsis I don't know how many times and it's never taken off. This past fall's seeding resulted in one, yes ONE, plant that is about 2 feet tall and blooming nicely. I hope it doesn't decide to take after yours, though!

LindaCTG said...

I love the coreopsis! In my garden, it never gets out of control. I'm lucky to keep them a few years. But I'll find a new spot for them because I want that cheeriness you have.

Kim at Rustic Garden Bistro said...

Hi Diana:

I just stumbled on your site today, and I think it's lovely. What beautiful photos! I wish we had wildflowers in our garden, but all of ours are planted.

Hope to see some more of yours soon. :-) [K]

Diana said...

Cindy - Beware! Mine started as little plants, too! They are an official riot this morning - all of them in bloom, towering over everything else. But man, does it make me smile to go past them!

Linda-Cheeriness in droves! I'm gonna have to try to take another picture to capture the vastness of it all. Just drove by em on the way to school and marveled at how they've taken over.

Kim - Glad you stumbled here and enjoyed my wild wild flowers!

Lancashire rose said...

I know they are a bit unruly but I love them, wafting about in the breeze. It is worth all the aggro. to see their cheerful faces. Unfortunately the deer do eat them here so I can't seem to grow them where I would really like to grow them.

Diana said...

Lancashire Rose - I DO love them out there. They are so majestic, towering above all the other plants. I'm planning to pull them up and make an area with fresh soil to dump them in so they can reseed elsewhere. (I'm sure that won't work since I have a plan to try to foil Mother Nature!)