Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Also Not a Coneflower--All That Jazz

Echinacea 'All That Jazz' is not a coneflower. Looks like a collection of hand-rolled pink cigarettes being simultaneously smoked by a sea urchin. I may have a touch of obsessive compulsive disorder, but if I had this in my garden I'd have to unwind every petal on every bloom and tape them open to make sure they stayed in place--just like a good little petal should.


Annie in Austin said...

Whoa - I just clicked back from the Peeps dioramas and was surprised to see a new post, Benjamin. This reminds me of those Spoon Chrysanthemums seen at flower shows.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

WiseAcre said...

That's some description! I'll have to send you a few. But I tend to agree those petals would look better opened. Somehow that flower just doesn't look right to me.

Benjamin Vogt said...

Annie--Yes, that's exactly what they look like! And I made sure to put up a post just as you were here. I'd been waiting all day for you to stop by!
WA--Oh please don't send me any. I'd feel so guilty I'd have to plant them somewhere. I can't kill a plant purposely. Well, yes I can. I plan to do so in a few weeks, but the paperwork hasn't cleared yet.

HortiCultra said...

Great site. No doubt coneflowers are one of the greatest and easiest perennials to grow. I don't know if you ever use Coneflower.com
but it has a bunch of pictures and ideas

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Benjamin,
I found this post while doing a search to try to figure out if I should pull my 'Kim's Knee High' and 'Harvest Moon' echinaceas. Both of them have lots of blooms that have no petals so far, and the petals they do have look on the ragged side. I was thinking last summer I had read about some kind of disease they could have, but can't find it now. After reading that, I did decide to quit planting the newer kinds, but then got a couple 'Prairie Splendors' last summer, thinking that was an older variety, but it was bred to be smaller. Those blooms are looking like they are supposed to, though.

Benjamin Vogt said...

Sue--Yeah, the newer varities have been disease-prone for me too, particularly an orange one I can't remember the name of. All the leaves turn thin and ashen-colored, and a few blooms get gnarly (apparently one should dispose of the whole plant when you notice such blooms, but I don't). I've ead that for the new cultivars, which are weaker, you should not allow them to bloom the first year, instead let them focus on foliage and roots, and they will do better. I've not tried this because I am impatient for blooms!