Friday, January 11, 2013

Flower Power Friday......

This week I'm going to start off with the Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta

These beautiful golden flowers grow to about three feet tall, flowers heads are about 2-3 inches across and are usually in large groups or clusters.  There are readily found in open woods, fields, roadsides and are great splash of color in any garden.  In the garden you can use them as a border, or in a cottage garden.  They simply would look great anywhere.
They bloom from June to September.  They can be grown in sun, part shade or shade.  They have a high tolerance to drought.  If given the perfect growing conditions they can become aggressive.
Generally the Black-eyed Susan is an annual, but is also a biennial or perennial.

Fun Facts......
~The Black-eyed Susan is Maryland's State Flower since 1918.
~The Black-eyed Susan is the official flower of The Preakness Stakes held in May.
~The Black-eyed Susan is a North American native plant.
~The Black-eyed Susans are one of the first plants to start growing after a fire or other natural disasters.
~The Black-eyed Susan is the flower of encouragement, a great flower to send to someone who is having a rough time.

Here is an unique view of the Black-eyed Susan using digital art.

This is my Black-eyed Susan Orb

Quote of the Week

"Too often we underestimate the power
of touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
                                                                           Leo Buscaglia

See you Monday.......


  1. Cindi, this is breathtaking! Beautiful in every way ... including the quotation!


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