And the Winner is…



 Melampodium divaricatum

By far, this annual is my favorite this year.  I planted it from a small plug in late June and promptly  went away for a month. Did not give it a second thought until I came back and was blown away!  A compact 24 inch tall and wide and loaded with small star shaped blooms.  This photo was taken yesterday.  It is quite a sight with spent perennials tired and colorless all around.   The thing that is impressive, is that it required no watering or fertilizers, rabbits and deer left it alone and it has bloomed all summer and still going strong.  This is a winner I must recommend, specially if you have trouble with deer eating your Rudbeckia, or Black Eye Susan.  I have read that it reseeds which I will welcome after this year’s performance!

“A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in–what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.”
― Victor HugoLes Misérables








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