“Love is the flower you‘ve got to let grow.” ~John Lennon
I have to admit that one of my all-time favorite flowers is native to the northeast United States, Echinacea purpurea or Eastern purple coneflower. I had drifts of it in my old garden. And when I moved here, I had to wait almost 4 years for new plants to finally grow enough to produce flowers that attracted butterflies and bees.
The genus name, echinacea, comes from the Greek word ekhinos, meaning “hedgehog”, due to the spiny center. I love that visual.
And look who came and brought his friends, a monarch butterfly. I am a firm believer, if you plant native plants, the critters will come. In my old garden monarchs loved my coneflowers as a nectar plant. I hope these flowers continue to spread and attract more pollinators. And I will definitely take the seeds and spread them around. The birds will help with that too.
I thought I would take a couple coneflowers for a vase and add yarrow which is still flowering and spreading.
And I added a hosta flower plus some seedbeds from my clematis Chacewater. Don’t they look so cool.
With this week’s lovely vase, I am linking in to the wonderful meme, In A Vase On Monday, at Rambling in the Garden.
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