Friday, May 18, 2012

COREOPSIS TINCTORIA IS SUCH A SPORT


Around this time of the year there are always billowing clouds of tickseed, Coreopsis tinctoria, in my garden. Their pretty little yellow and rusty red seed heads float on tall wiry stems. Once in a while a sport appears. This year it is this little beauty. It almost looks as though someone has taken a paintbrush and dusted the flower with gold dust.


There is an even darker one here.


Another one has a more prominent inner circle of rusty red.


Here one with a narrow circle of rusty red. You just never know what will show up.


And a lemon yellow one with a peppered center.


Or where they will show up. This one in a planter on the wall. I have allowed it to stay because it acts as my watering indicator. When it droops I know it is time to water.


 But mostly they are just show up in the garden as showy clusters like this.

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  1. Love them! That first one is gorgeous.
    I'm betting there will be seeds saved from it.

    Have a great weekend.

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    1. Unfortunately it is just the luck of the draw. Seed saving doesn't seem to work as there is so much cross pollination.

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  2. That first variety is so striking; definitely seems like a seed saver. Clever volunteer coreopsis to be a water indicator!

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    1. I often have plants that show up in pots and they are often telling me to water!

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  3. I love that "gold dusted" one...sure hope you're saving seeds...

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  4. I love your blog and your garden and have become a regular reader over the last year! As a beginner gardener with just balcony containers to pour my attention into, I love learning from all your photos.

    Can I make a suggestion about your formatting? I often get confused by the fact that your explanatory captions are beneath your photos. I think this is a carry-over from print that doesn't really translate well into scrolling down through a blog post. It makes for a much clearer reading experience to read the text then scroll down to photo it's referring to. This seems to be the standard format of most blog posts now. I always throws me to get to the bottom and see an "orphan" caption and realize I've been misreading the entire post! (Didn't happen this time as there were earlier clues, but it's happened before!) Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for your suggestion. Not sure why I do it this way but I will try putting the caption above the photo in future and take note of how others do it too!

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    2. J. I think on blogger when you click on the photo while formatting the post there is an add caption button below the photo on the menu. When you chose that, the caption shows up under the photo.

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    3. Yes, I have used that Greggo, but it isn't how I do my writing; only when I want to say something about the source of the photo. I plan to try writing about the photo above the photo thanks to the comment by Michelle.

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  5. it is very beautiful flowers. thank you for sharing us.


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  6. So Jenny, all that variation in the flowers is a result of cross-pollination? That's pretty cool.

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  7. I'm one of those guilty of having my caption below the photo. All this while I thought this the way as in newspaper or magazine captions where the captions are always below while the stem statement is above.

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