The flower bed below our living room window in the front garden has a white coneflower Echinacea purpurea 'White Swan.' It has performed beautifully for a number of years.
This year, the front garden rabbit ate it to the ground in the spring. It is starting to make blooms even though it is currently only four inches tall.
'White Swan' has self seeded a bit.
Luckily, I have this volunteer blooming near the Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety' to show you the flower.
I noticed a large volunteer this spring in the bed.
Imagine my surprise when it bloomed.
I realize this is probably a purple coneflower shared by a bird (there is a bird bath in the bed and I'm constantly pulling out little trees thanks to the birds).
A person would think a purple coneflower would be perfect for the front garden as all the blooms there are yellow, white or purple. However, no matter how many times I say "purple coneflower," it looks PINK to me. You may recall my confession of removing the pink larkspur from this bed.
It is on my list of plants to move. I have just the spot for it in the back garden. But, until the weather is better for transplanting (ie autumn), it gets to be the PINK star of the show in the front garden. I think it's pay back for pulling the two pink larkspur.
On a weather note, we have been around 110 degrees Fahrenheit all week! Some plants are doing fine as long as I'm able to water them a bit. The squash is not too happy though. The pumpkin completely gave up. Hoping for some rain and cooler weather soon.
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