Monday, November 28, 2011

Darwin’s Echinacea Sombrero Salsa Red


Another new Echinacea from the Sombrero Series by Darwin to be introduced for 2012 is “Salsa Red”.
I found this one growing in the trial garden bed at Franklin Park Conservatory this Fall with another of the the Sombrero series “Sandy Yellow”.

FPC_Echinacea_Sombrero_SalsaRedEchincaea x purpurera Salsa Red

The single blooming hot coral color of  the “Salsa Red” blooms were attention getters. I love Echinacea in my garden, as many of you have come to know from reading my blog, because they grow well in my clay soil and stand up to drought conditions in late summer. Also because the pollinators love Echinacea. So naturally I am always on the lookout for new additions to add to the garden.

FPC_Echinacea_Sombrero_SalsaRed2 The new Sombrero series  claims are that they are well branched and more compact like the Pow Wow series of Echinacea’s. With  growing heights of 18” to 24” and a hardiness  zone from 5a to 9b.
Light requirements are full sun and with deadheading promoting a longer flowering period.

 FPC_Echinacea_Sombrero_Sandy_Yellow2 Echinaccea x purpurea Sandy Yellow

It will be interesting to see how many offer this new series of Echinacea’s in the new plant catalogs this coming winter.


With two beautiful days over the weekend I was able to get a few more clean up jobs in the flower beds. Mainly the oak leaves that had blown into them.
Also the outdoor Christmas decorations were put up while the weather was cooperating.
Saturday night and all day Sunday through to this morning were rainy hours with four inches of rain here in the hills. With such a wet spring, summer and into fall we do not need all of this rain. It is suppose to rain into Wednesday. Enough already! At this time of the year I suppose we should be thankful that it is not all snow.


Deer hunting gun season started this morning and I have heard a few shots in the woods despite all of the rain. I know many may not agree with my opinion but I hope the hunters thin them out a lot this week. There are so many here in the hills and they really destroy the gardens, farm yields, orchards and cars. In 2005 they estimated the deer population at 700,000 in Ohio. The population is kept in check with hunting which helps everyone including the deer who suffer because of lack of feeding areas due to over population.
While I was cleaning up some limbs Saturday I saw where a buck had been rubbing on the Mimosa tree in the Woodland bed area of the yard and had skinned the bark from it by rubbing its antlers. So I know there is one buck around here for the hunters.


Everyone have a wonderful and I hope a more restful week.
Happy Gardening,


Alistair said...

I like the look of those Echinaccea Lona, unfortunately they do not perform well in our garden, I am sure it is because the soil is acidic. It is true that many may not agree with the cull, however there is always another side to a story.

FlowerLady said...

Those echinacea are all wonderful. They aren't happy to grow this far south.

Have a wonderful holiday season.



Hi Lona, You make a really good point. I hate the idea of people killing for sport but with no natural predators, the deer population can certainly grow to unhealthy levels which it sounds like yours has. I love that coral Echinacea! And I love your autumn-themed blog. Lovely. Have a great week.

Karen said...

Lona, Four inches of rain! Wowza. That's a lot. I can just envision the waterfalls around you about now in Hocking Hills; they must be just rushing.

I love the new colors of echinacea you've been showing us. Aren't they lovely? I've never seen them around here yet, but when I do find them, they'll be joining the gardens here.

I feel the exact same way you do about the deer population. Hunting is necessary, good heavens, there are so many car-deer accidents around here as it is; if they stopped hunting, I know it would be disastrous. Every cedar tree I planted out in the back eight have had their bark rubbed off, and I've seen the biggest culprit, a huge buck.

Yesterday was our last day of the gun deer season (though black powder starts this week and bow hunting continues) so I can feel a little safer out in the yard. Don your blaze orange, dear Lona, you don't want to be mistaken for a whitetail!

Anonymous said...

It looks like your garden is splendid too - I love those Echinacaea, I have a red and a pink one, but have not seen ones like those in Australia yet. You also have several of the same roses that I grow - but your garden looks a whole lot tidier than mine!! Thanks for visiting the blog, and hope you come again.

Lona said...

Alistair: You have so many other plants that grow so well in your garden the Echinacea's will not be missed.

FLowerLady: You have a wonderful Holiday season too!

Grace: I do not believe in killing them just to be killing for trophies either like you. I do not know about the tourist hunters than come in but around here they are eaten or donated to food banks.

Karen: I hope they didn't kill my little mimosa tree.They are pretty tough so should be fine.
You are so right! Those waterfalls are booming again. I hope the rains do not tear back up from where they repaired them from the flash flooding.

PaddysDaughter: I loved visiting your garden. Thanks for dropping by.

The Dog Blog said...

Llona the echinacea are stunning. Catharine Howards Garden Blog masquerading under canine alias.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Oh, that's a beauty. Lovely hot color for the street garden. Must have one! Hunting... well, I understand that we have too many deer, but I get frustrated with the fact that I can't ride my horses this time of year. Because some drunk hunter will shoot me. I mean... seriously. You can't tell the diff between a deer and me and my horse?? (That's my rant for today.)

Happy belated Thanksgiving!

Sunray Gardens said...

The Echinacea are lovely. Those are some of my favorite perennials.

I agree Lona, the dear have to be thinned. Not only for the destruction they cause and also because too many would starve for lack of food, but also because of all the accidents they cause.
Cher Sunray Gardens

T Opdycke said...

Love the 'Salsa Red' echinacea. The would certainly make a statment in a garden. Deer hunting season is necessary to keep the deer herds in check, but that doesn't mean I like it.

Have a wonderful evening!

Pearl@serenitycove said...

Agree with you about the deer. I have see so many by the side of the road the last few weeks. They are using my little pine trees for antler rubs:(

Anonymous said...

I too like the new selections. It will be interesting if the catalogs pick them up. You should see the hunters in our area around the farm. Bucks are atop cars and trucks all over the place. There really is a thinning of the population here in WNY.

myomyohi said...

Hi Lona,
I love the new echinacea colors. I too am a fan of this plant, and the newer varieties are striking. I'll be watching for them in the spring to get a start for myself.

It's been raining here for days also. I know we're only a couple of hours from each other, so I imagine our rainfall is probably comparable. The river is rapidly rising, and if it doesn't stop soon I'm sure you'll be hearing about Prospect flooding on the news. Fortunately I am almost a mile from the river, and at a higher grade, but that doesn't prevent the fields and yards from flooding.

I fully support wildlife control especially when people are eating their kill. They need a season for canadian geese. They are EVERYWHERE!


Jeri Landers said...

OOPS! I tried to copy the word "Echincacea" off your post and got scolded... But I just wished to express my love for these flowers without having to type the word, sorry dear.
I LOVE coneflowers and plant every variety I can find. They are so easy to grow and long lasting, I would put them at my top 10 list.

Lona said...

Catharine: It is a stand out with those bright colors. Thanks for dropping by.

Kate: Girl that is why I stay close to the house around here come deer hunting season. For some it is an excuse to ditch the wife and drink for a week. Not safe.

Cher: You have a great week. Snow coming in!

T: I know it is hard to see them killed but some people live off of them around here like their forefathers.

Pearl: Girl they can sure shred up those young trees fast. All those in the woods and they come into the yards to rub. Go figure. LOL!

gwgt: It is necessary now since there are no predators to keep them in check. I hope they thin them good here. Way too many.

Myra: This has been the wettest year. Watch those creeks. That is why I live in the hills now because one year the creek was running under my house. I waded across the road to my aunts house and the road gave way under my feet where a large sewer had washed out. Thought it was going to wash me away and drown myself. My aunt thankfully ran and grabbed my arm.I can swim but that was scary.

Jeri: LOL! Caught ya! Too bad I cannot just keep the pictures safe instead of the whole posting.

Kay said...

Hi Lona,
The hills in California are usually covered with sage brush and scrub brush. If you look at my hiking blog (there is a link for it on my photoblog), you will see that we also have hills with oaks and other brush growing on them. There was a fire on the hill you a referring to in my photo. It was back in 2007. Ben and I had to evacuate for that one. If you go into the high mountains here, you will find pine trees. Hope this answers your question.

HolleyGarden said...

Oh, I love those red echinaceas! I have not seen these in person or in catalogs! I'll be keeping an eye out now! I don't mind people killing deer if they eat the meat. I would if I were hungry enough! They are not doing well here in Texas, though. The drought really hurt them.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I understand. I have heard others say the same thing about the deer. I was married to a hunter..and grew up in a hunting family..but when you see them..they seem such timid creatures but when food get short for's not an easy way for them to go. For everything there is a season they say.
Thank you so much for stopping by with you sweet comment.