I've never gotten as many comments and questions from visitors about the Bur Marigolds (Bidens) as I have this year. Up until this month we've had good rainfall and so they are doing very well.
"What are they called?"
"So many bees!"
"How do they spread around?"
"Beautiful, just beautiful." (My favorite kind of comment.) :)
They are beautiful, and plentiful, and full of bees and butterflies. I hope their color comes true on your monitor. In reality they are flowers with a lemon yellow center disk, with the outer part of the petals being a more golden yellow, and the effect is very sunshiney and bright. They look accurate on my desktop monitor but on my Kindle they have a more Dijon mustard tone which is NOT accurate.
I like how they look with the pink seashore mallow. The white seashore mallow will bloom with the swamp sunflowers in October.
They are all up and down the driveway. All together they are fragrant and give off a sweet but earthy perfume. A little like woodsmoke.
Daylily 'Bleu Celeste' and Bidens. I finally looked up the pronunciation of Bidens and as I thought I was saying it wrong. It's pronounced with a long i, like the plural of Joe Biden. These flowers are also known by the unlovely name of beggarticks, due to the fact that their seeds stick to clothing. The seeds have two narrow pliable "pins" at the end (non-painful) that enable them to cling to cloth and fur. Other common names include tickseed sunflower, black jack, cobbler's pegs, and Spanish needles.
I am really happy that Bidens re-seeded into this bed beside the paddock, since the Genista moth cats made sad brown skeletons of my baptisias.
A few Hibiscus have bloomed here and there this past month. This is a seedling from 'Anne Arundel' or 'Blue River II'. The Pineland Hibiscus and Hibiscus dasycalyx are blooming too. The H. dasycalyx It has a delicate spidery form and small cream-colored flowers and I used to think it rather quiet and plain. It's grown on me and now I think it looks very elegant. It is endangered in its native habitat in Texas due to a very narrow habitat range and interbreeding with H. militaris.
Ageratum has been in bloom since July and will continue until a freeze.
Today I am joining Gail at clay and limestone for Wildflower Wednesday.