Friday, February 1, 2013

Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Mesa Yellow'

 Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Mesa Yellow'
Since Lance Armstrong came clean to Oprah, it is safe to like the colour yellow again. Somewhere in the early posts on this blog there are tributes to Lance following his Le Tour de France wins but I really don't have the time to edit them out.
This is a particularly fine shade of bright yellow with the flower petal edges neatly crimped and tempered by a duller matt centre which is something of a permanent work site for bees. Released in 2010, this Gaillardia follows the tend towards neat compact perennials which flower in their first year and are suitable for growing in a pot on a balcony. It is also a sustainable plant having both low fertilizer and water requirements, sailing through the hottest days without a problem. Drumstick shaped seed heads remain on the plant after flowering and these are quite decorative in themselves but are best removed if you want the flowers to continue for a longer time. The word "mesa" means table in Spanish as in the land formation of tableland such as the Mesa Verde in the southern part of the United states where this species is a wildflower.

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