Hello folks! I hope this finds you all well. I finally did it! Since I came back here in 2013, I have been eye-balling the Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower) in front of the sign of a business on the corner of County Line Road and 52 Highway. When I first came back, the building was not being used but a couple of years ago a business moved in. Actually, I think a business was there before the one now but it didn’t last long. GEEZ! It was originally a bank in the early 1980’s and before that, it was a pasture. Afer the bank it was a clinic, then the clinic moved uptown (where an old theater turned apartment building once was).
Where was I? Oh, yeah. The Echinacea. Anyway, I devised a plan to take them a couple dozen eggs as a bribe for a few plants. I figured they may have been renting the building and would tell me that the plants weren’t theirs. Anyway, this afternoon I went with two dozen eggs and went inside. A lady came up to me and I told her I bought her a couple dozen eggs. She smiled and said, “Oh, eggs!” I explained they were a bribe for a few of the Coneflower in front of the sign. As expected, she said they weren’t hers but said she guessed it would be OK. I told her I would tidy up the bed and remove the old flowers from last year. I told her no one would even notice I removed a few. So, after dinner, I went back when I had time to see what I could do.
I took my camera to take a “before” shot of the bed in front of the sign. The bed not only had LOTS of Echinacea (hundreds), it had several other intruders as well. A few thorny vines, a couple of little trees, etc. I removed all that and the old stems from last year. I told her I would only take 3-4… Well, not actually knowing how these plants spread or the condition of the bed, I guess I shouldn’t have told her 3 or 4 plants… I have never grown Echinacea and the only other time I was around them was at my brother’s home in Minnesota which were grown in different conditions. They weren’t forced to grow through a few slits.
This bed, as I suspected even before I saw it, was covered with a fabric mulch then with bark. The Echinacea was growing only on one end and had been planted in slits in the fabric and no telling how many plants are under the fabric wanting to get out. Anyway, I removed three clumps and went to the car. Then I remembered I forgot to take a “before and after” photo. 🙂
When I returned home I separated the clumps. I put three plants in the southeast corner bed on the south side of the house.
Then I put three more in the northeast corner bed by the back porch. I made this bed last year for the Monarda (Bee Balm) I found at a garden club plant sale. (Plus I needed another place for the ever-multiplying ‘Brocade Marigolds). So, I thought this would be a good place. It has that old weird red dirt, but maybe they won’t mind. Well, it surprised me, but that dirt seems to grow plants pretty well. It doesn’t seem to drain well in the winter, though. It needs to be amended or replaced with “the good stuff” and elevated. Oh, yeah… I have a plan as usual.
Purple Coneflower are great plants and the Finches love their seeds. They also make great companions for Rudbeckia fulgida and hirta (Black and Brown-Eyed Susans), etc. Of course, Echinacea is one of the most popular herbs for the immune system. There are also many cultivars, two of which I tried last year that didn’t return.
I took the rest (first two photos) and put them in the top level of the bed behind the old foundation in the “other yard”.
I am trying to find more plants that successfully overwinter here instead of just “supposed to” overwinter. Maybe I should bring Jimson Weed, dock (or whatever it is), Mullen, and Wild Parsley into the beds. Just kidding.
I have taken AAAAA LLLLOOOOTTTT of photos for posts and the pages to the right. I keep taking more photos for the yard and bed tour, which will take several posts. The problem is, right now the beds don’t look so good. OK, that is the biggest understatement of the week. I know what exaggerate means, but what is the opposite?
I have not done much work in the beds yet because I have been working on the fence and fence rows. Ummm… No, I don’t want to take a photo. I like taking photos of things that are interesting and of plants and certainly not of what I am about to tackle. You have no idea and right now I would like to keep it that way (but it concerns a fence).
I just deleted two paragraphs! Now I need to do a page about the Echinacea purpurea (Eastern Purple Coneflower). I still have LOTS of pages to add to the right and… 🙂 But you know what? One day leads to another which leads to right now. I am not behind even though I used to think so. Everything on my to-do list wanted top priority so I stopped making a to-do list. I feel MUCH better now. 🙂
Well, I better close this post. I hope you all had a great week and have a great week ahead. Stay well, be safe, stay positive, etc. Don’t forget to get as dirty as you can whenever you get a chance. It’s very good for you in more ways than one!