There’s a reason someone named them Gloriosa Daisies.
They are glorious!
Or maybe it’s just sentimental on my part.
They are, after all, the first perennial I remember in my garden.
I remember the day very well.
It was December.
I was decorating for a party for Shirley Jones.
You know…of “Oklahoma” fame.
She was in town doing a concert.
The party was across the street from my friend Sally’s house.
Sally was well….distraught.
There was a backhoe in her garden.
Chewing things up.
She scooped up some plants and asked me to take them home.
They needed a safer place to reside.
So home we went.
Thus began my first perennial garden.
When they bloomed the next spring
I thought it was the most glorious thing.
Sally’s garden always has great patches of this bit of floral sunshine.
Now, all these years – decades – later I do too.
They begin blooming as the larkspur is waning.
The gold and blue combination is stunning every year.
Gloriosa or Rudbeckia if you like the Latin
Are easy to grow.
They like a sunny spot where they can become a small bush.
About the size of a peony.
They can get tall and fall over
So support is a good thing.
I put small portable green wire fencing around them.
Gro-Thru hoops also work.
If you deadhead them.
They’ll bloom off and on all season.
They are a good cutting flower.
Bringing the same sunshine to any arrangement.
Just be sure to remove the leaves below the water line.
And slit the stem and inch or two to increase water intake.
I don’t know what varieties I have.
We’ll call them Sally’s Mom’s Gloriosa.
Since that’s their lineage.
They do self seed and make lots of babies.
Most recently with Megan and Torry.
There is one variety I don’t recommend.
The flowers are great.
But the root system is greedy.
It spreads into a giant mass.
It’s like digging up a tree to get rid of it.
As I look across my garden it occurs to me
That Gloriosas are like the exclamation point.
The patches here and there give accent to the colors around them.
Blasts of happy faces everywhere.
Just love this one.
Enjoy the week.