Saturday, April 6, 2013

Gaillardia grandiflora 'Arizona Apricot'

Gaillardia grandiflora 'Arizona Apricot'
This small (30cm) clump forming perennial 'blanket' flower has been looking like this for months and shows no sign of slowing. It is producing more buds even though the weather has cooled finally. The bees love it and visit everyday, as they do to the Salvias which are at their autumn best. No shortage of bees in this neck of the woods. A delivery man last week ,who was driving a forklift up the driveway came too close to the bees and squealed saying that he was allergic to them. I said bees only sting if you stand on them!...
 I think I prefer this apricot jam coloured Gaillardia to the previously mentioned 'Mesa Yellow' variety. Another great plant for front of border, mixed with succulents or as a potted specimen on a balcony in hot sun. Remove spent flower heads for continuous flowering.

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