Day 208: Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

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One of at least two plants I can think of sharing the common name Black-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’ always begins to put in an appearance towards the end of July. Even when I had a thing about yellow flowers (I blame daffodils for this), I’ve always found room for it in my garden, as wonderful in bud as in bloom, and all stages in between and beyond. A perennial that likes to be divided every year or so if the clumps are to maintain vigour, here it has suffered from a lack of such ministrations together with an excess of attention from Bill, who likes to use the hairy leaves as an emetic. I’m going to have to re-introduce it for next year – having grown it originally from seed, I will again, sowing over the next few weeks and overwintering the seedlings in the unheated greenhouse.


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