Friday, October 1, 2010

WHAT'S IN BLOOM - Swamp Sunflower

If you are searching for some bright rays of sunshine after several days of rain, you need look no further than the swamp sunflower, Helianthus angustifolius.  It is just coming in to bloom in the Wildflower Garden at the Arboretum.  The cheerful yellow blooms often stretch up over 10 feet tall and will be in bloom for several more weeks.  This is a native plant that does well in rain gardens, clay soil, loves the sun, and mulitplies readily in the garden.  Butterflies and bees are attracted to it.  More information can be found at this link.

To see more fall blooming plants, join the Extension Master Gardeners this Thursday, October 7th for a FREE Walking Tour of the Arboretum.  The tour begins at 10:00 AM, lasts about an hour, and is given rain or shine.  Meet them under the Green Roof Shelter in front of the Ag Center for the start of the tour.  Click on the MAP link in the right hand column for directions.