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”.
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.
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.
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.