Friday, August 26, 2011

Blanket Flower

                         I bought Blanket Flower at the Farmers market for $1.00  last Saturday.
   Thankfully, it gave me flowers and I am kind of enjoying it already. I can't wait for next year to see this     flower thrive. ^_^ Tomorrow, is Saturday and hopefully I can visit the Farmers market to look for cheap flowers but beautiful!


Description:Gaillardia aristata, commonly known as the Blanket Flower, is a perennial member of the sunflower family prized for its cheery, daisy-like flowers. The Blanket Flower's similarity to summer flowers such as the Black-eyed Susan can be deduced from its other common name of Brown-eyed Susan.
Like the Black-eyed Susan, the Blanket Flower enjoys full sun and a long flowering season, but it also displays a greater variety of color. The summer blooms can be monochromatic or bichromatic, and range from bright yellow, red, or orange to buff or brown.
The common name of Blanket Flower is said to derive from its colorful similarity to Native American woven blankets. Another more likely story is that when found in the wild, the Blanket Flower tends to cover or blanket the ground.
The Blanket Flower is drought tolerant and can grow under very difficult conditions, even enduring full summer heat with only moderate watering and feeding. Blanket Flower won't overwinter in clay soils. Light, well-drained, sandy soils are best, and it has even been known to flower on seashores and sand dunes.
If planting Blanket Flower in your garden, sow seeds from early spring to early summer. It will bloom in its first year, and cutting faded flower stalks will help preserve its lengthy blooming season. Space plants 15 to 18 inches apart, and have stakes handy, because Blanket Flowers can get floppy!
Place Blanket Flowers in garden borders that receive a lot of sun. They are also lovely in cottage gardens and as cut flowers.

                                             
                                                     MACRO FLOWERS SATURDAY 

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                                                    TODAY'S FLOWERS




15 comments:

Helene said...

I really like these...I think I need just this to go next to the black-eyed susans. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!

Jama said...

It's so pretty!

madrassi said...

These flowers are beautiful as well as pretty. Nice knowing about this flower that withstand to summer heat!

Roan said...

I haven't heard of blanket flowers, but they sure are pretty.

Pam said...

I have never heard of a blanket flower. I could have used it in my garden with all the heat we have had.

Linda Makiej said...

really very beautiful!!

Cheryl said...

Oh, you're going to love these. Mine bloom for months. I've got buds right now. They'll be the last to go in the fall.

Modern Mom said...

So pretty.

My entry.

chubskulit said...

Ganda naman nyan ate, I like it's name too hehehe.

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Angelgirlpj said...

I'll have to remember that and look for some myself.

Karin M. said...

Fine and beautiful flower ...
LG: Karin

SandyCarlson said...

Very, very beautiful!

eden said...

Beautiful. Love the colour.

Ray said...

Beautiful shots!

Denise said...

Very pretty, love the combination of colors with the red petals and the yellow center.

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