the weekend's to-do list

the weekend's to-do list

I happen to have a problem. A helenium problem. I purchased 2 heleniums for this season. Two sunshine heleniums which came way early from Springhill, and one mardi gras helenium from Bluestone Perennials. The mardi gras has been blooming for quite some time and is really pretty. Lovely blooms that make great cut flowers, and the plant is the perfect height, coming in just above the stella d’oro daylilies in front of it to nicely fill in the section of garden closest to the house. Rudbeckia cherry brandy is planted beside it and it looks great. In the same area opposite those (nearer to the steps) I planted the sunshine helenium. They are finally getting buds on them. And holy effing Jesus they’re HUGE.

Can you find the giant ass helenium??

Can you find the giant ass helenium??

(Sorry for darkish pics – I always do this stuff after work when everything is shady!) The one closest to the step isn’t too bad, but the other one is GIANT! I planted that stuff back there to help make it pretty until the teensy euonymous gets bigger. Only it looks more like a crazy weed than a pretty plant right now. I had no idea it go that tall! What to do, what to do? I am planning on ordering that big giant group of coneflowers I mentioned in the last post, so if I plant those around the asiatic lilies, perhaps I can move these 2 giant heleniums over there, too? Only is it OK to do it now, or will I have to wait until next season? I’m kind of dying to move them now since they look so awful. I’d have to replace them with something. I have a smallish black-eyed susan that is a bit hidden from view on the other side of the steps that I could move to the more visible spot.

Rudbeckia "cherry brandy"

Rudbeckia "cherry brandy"

I also may order some more cherry brandy because I really, really like them (that may wait until the fall or next year, though). I really like these. (Wait, did I already say that?) The flowers range in size from about an inch across to about 3 inches, and the color ranges from maroon and pink to maroon and dark red. Very pretty and they also have a lot of flowers in them, which is nice. The rudbeckia cappucino is also pretty and the flowers are much larger (larger than the palm of my hand), but there are less on them per plant. They also last a week or more as cut flowers and would probably be great dried, as well.

Rudbeckia "cappucino"

Rudbeckia "cappucino"

The cappucino is  more of an orange and brown combo, whic is fine. Melds well with the gaillardia “Arizona sun” and the daylilies, etc. I tend to like oranges, yellows, and reds in my garden. Brighter primary colors are my thang (though I keep ending up with a lot of pink plants, too – how does that happen?). Between all my rudbeckias and the gerber daisies, I’m trying to keep some cut flowers in the house all summer – it’s really very nice. I’ve been taking them to work to cheer up my cube, too. Few things are more beautiful and perfect than a perfect red gerber daisy, imho. I’ll have to have a photo session with one of mine soon 🙂

So – what should I do with the sunshine heleniums? Think it’s ok to move them this weekend? We actually have guests coming later this month (not staying here, but I’m sure they’ll visit), so I want everything to look *pretty*!

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