Quite honestly I am ready for some color. So I am having to show you a flower that grew in my garden last year, Gomphrena "fireworks" Did you grow it or are you planning to do so this year? Wherever you live and particularly if you live in Central Texas, you might want to consider it.
I have always grown gomphrena but last year I tried this new variety. Heat tolerant? There is other plant to beat it. By the end of summer it will be there to wow you into the fall.
These photos were taken in the September just as the Monarchs were passing through and they were all over it.
This is not a shy plant. You may think so to begin with but it will eventually tower over and above the other plants, although its airy foliage means that other plants are not denied their place in the sun.
By October, after the hottest summer on record, it was still going strong.
I grew mine from seed so I thought about getting new seed for this year. That was when I got sticker shock. $30.10 for 100 seeds, $14.95 for 100, $4.99 for 25, $5.95 for 30. Prices all over the place. I wonder if they are selling them at my local nursery. I'm sure I didn't pay anything like that last year. Glad I saved some seeds. The question is why are these seeds so expensive? I think I know why.
These are the ones I saved and they spent the last 2 months in the greenhouse. I count myself lucky I left them in there.
The seed heads of the regular globe amaranth, I left in a bowl in the pottingshed were taken behind the microwave and had their seeds removed. Yes, mice love these seeds. They must take hours of painstaking work to remove the seeds from their outer coating. These plants produce plenty of seed and I don't remove them. I just break up the seed head and scatter. I spent 20 minutes on the 'fireworks' seeds and found only three. Not such a prolific producer. I'll be trying the same thing with them but in the meantime I plan to look for a cheaper source of the seed.