It was a beautiful weekend here in the hills and in Ohio in general.
My daughter and I attended the Sauerkraut Festival at Waynesville and it was packed out. We had a wonderful day looking at all of the crafts and antiques as we went with the flow of the crowds lining the streets. We went to lunch at a local Cracker Barrel there. Since there are not any close by where we live we took advantage of the one there and had a tasty meal. On the way home we stopped at the Caesar Creek Flea Market and browsed around.
Then we made a few stops in the nearby town. Needless to say we were both dragging by the time we got home. We loved every minute of it. LOL!
While at the Franklin Park Conservatory last week they had a new Echinacea growing in their test gardens.
“Sombrero Sandy Yellow” was a lovely color of a golden yellow with some peach highlights to the petals.
It was growing well in their gardens and was even getting new buds and blooms.
From the Sombrero series it has sturdy and compact foliage with a high bud count. The sturdy compact plant has proven hardiness for years of enjoyment in the garden.
It is hardy in zones 4–9 and grows to a height of 18–24 inches. It is drought tolerant and easy to grow. It would be a wonderful addition to add to the garden for the pollinators.
Some nurseries carry the Sombrero series of coneflowers but I have not saw it in any of the local ones in my area.
I will be watching for this one to add to the other Echinacea’s that are planted in my flower beds.
I had to go to the Conservatory to catch a picture of the Common Buckeye butterfly. The butterflies and bees were swarming to this yellow plant. This plant had the sweetest fragrance and you could smell it on the breezes and as you walked nearer to it. It was not an Goldenrod (or any that I know of) but both my daughter and I would love to know what it was.
I looked all over for a sign on the several that were growing in the gardens but none was found. I could not decide whether it was a shrub or just a large plant either. I tried to search for it online but could find nothing that resembled it that bloomed in the Fall.
In this picture you can see the little yellow flowers that grew along the stems. Does anyone know what it could be? I would appreciate your knowledge.
Thank you Barbee! It is a Slender Fragrant Goldenrod.I just never ran across one that smelled so divine. Now to find the plants or seeds. LOL!