Notes from a USDA zone 5 shade garden in Southern Wisconsin.
Love the in-your-face color and close up.
There's so much more color to Echinacea than first meets the eye.
Oh - that's a fabulous photo, Beth! The lighting is perfect, and I LOVE the colors!! :)
Thanks, Anna. I realized the other day, that Echinacea sets the color theme for my little sunny garden. All the colors--oranges, yellows, purples, and pinks--are right there.
Beautiful! Nice capture...
Thank you, Endah. I love the Coneflowers and so do the pollinators.
Thank you, Chloris. Sometimes the light is just right. :)
These blooms are some of my summer favorites! The Japanese beetles have eaten all the petals off my echinacea! They may not look pretty but the bees butterflies still visit for nectar.
Oh gosh, funny that you mention it: I just noticed the Japanese Beetles in the sunny garden a couple of days ago, and now the flowers don't look as pretty as they did before. :( But as you mention, the blooms are still popular with the pollinators.
Very nice! My purple coneflowers are just starting. My prairie coneflowers are blooming, though, and the goldfinches are already coming to visit them for early seeds!
Thanks, Indie. The Purple Coneflowers have been really lovely the past couple of years--blooming from mid-June through July, and sometimes longer. I was gone for a couple of weeks, so I missed part of the show, but fortunately they're still blooming strong with more to come. :)
Absolutely perfect portrait of summer!
Thanks, Donna. Every N.A. garden needs some Echinacea plants. :)
Nice image. Echinacea is a bee magnet, isn't it!
Thank you. Yes, bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. In 2014 and 2015, my Echinacea plants attracted Giant Swallowtails, which aren't so common this far north. I haven't seen any yet this year.
Like a burst of sunshine!
Yes, they are bright and optimistic in their presentation. :)
I know that plant--it's yells SUMMER! Great shot!
Thanks! Yes, Echinacea is one of the great joys of summer!
Love it! Coneflowers are blooming here, too--my happy time!
Cheers! One of the best times of year, right?!
Stunning . . . a Cone Flower I think!
Thanks! Yes, Echinacea purpurea ... Purple Coneflower. Common but extraordinary.
I love the central cones of the coneflowers. They have such interesting texture and color.
I agree. They're really quite colorful if one looks closely, and the textures are so perfectly formed.
Fireworks in a flower! Fantastic, Beth!
Thanks, Karen. Yes, I like to think of summer flowers as fireworks, too. :)
It's amazing how different things look when we get (really) up close and personal. Beautiful.
I agree: Sometimes I enjoy simply gazing at macros, as one does in an art gallery. Mother Nature is an incredible artist!
Such a cool photo, and stunning color :-)
Thanks, Cassi. I realized recently that the Echinacea sets the color scheme for that particular garden. If the flowers there compliment the Coneflowers, they belong in the potager. :)
Nice image! Looks like some sea creature.
Thank you, Tatyana. I hadn't thought of it that way, but you're right!
Beautiful! Mine are blooming, too, and covered in all sorts of pollinators. :o)
Isn't it fun to watch the pollinators on plants in your garden?!
Hooray for coneflowers!~
I know, very common but very special. :)
Great macro, Beth!
Thanks, Heather. When the light is good, it really makes a difference. :)
Ahhh, summer……nice photo! My own Echinacea hasn’t even got buds – too cold, too wet. It is about time summer came our way :-)
Thanks, Helene. We've been warm and we've had plenty of rain, but not too much. The summer plants are in full swing now.
My echinacea has buds, and nasty creatures gnawing on them - so nice to see such a pretty specimen.
Thanks, Barb. I noticed the Japanese Beetles are starting to eat the petals. Dang.
A first brush with summer and almost painterly with zingy colour blend
Summer is here in full force and the plants and wildlife are happy. Some of us humans enjoy the warmth, too. :)
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