Re: [gardeners] Saturday in the garden (written a day later)

Annetta Green (
Mon, 3 Jul 2000 10:09:20 -0400

I have these rudbeckia.  I have to warn you they will not go away easily.  I
planted a single small pot in a corner of one rather large bed.  They got to
tall and kept falling into the pool.  They were moved to another area, but
came back in the first bed!  I have now moved them from that bed 3 years
running, going as far as to sift the soil for any remaining pieces of root.
Guess what is out there now?  I do not let them go to seed, I have sprayed
them with herbicide, I have dug every little bit I can continually, they are
still there and blooming!  The things send up a bloom stalk along with the
first leaves now.  The bed I moved them to?  It is being over run by
rudbeckia. After two years the plant is 5 ft across and growing.  I try to
dig out half of it each spring to keep it from taking out everything around
it.  Funny thing is, I give these diggings to friends and none of them have
survived the move.  So I guess they will stay friends.
Anne in FL
zone 9b, sunset 26

I'd rather be gardening
----- Original Message -----
From: "penny x stamm" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, July 02, 2000 10:33 PM
Subject: Re: [gardeners] Saturday in the garden (written a day later)

> George, I'm a bit confused. And I am interested.
> Are you going to lay ceramic tiles in your new garage?
> Or is Sam going to tile his entire house?
> As for Jimmie's garden, it now contains two artichoke plants,
> 6 tomatoes which were given to us, two he-doesn't-know-which
> either string beans or snap peas, and two mammoth
> rudbeckias.  The artichoke is the love of our lives, for we live in
> zone 6 bordering on zone 5.5, and such frivolity has always been
> denied us before!  Of course yes, I do have a pineapple growing
> right in my shrubbery border, another phenomenon.  The
> rudbeckias are a complete mystery. I temporarily moved them out
> of the big flower bed into the veggie garden last April -- they were
> the only thing showing besides two gladioli which had survived
> the winter, and jim wanted to rototill.  Now I do not plant perennials.
> I only plant annuals. And even if i did plant perennials, I would never
> choose anything quite so huge as these things have become!  They
> have extra large Kodak-yellow flower petals with a dark brown
> center, on tall stalks.  Tell me, is a black-eyed Susan a rudbeckia...?
> Bottom line, cannot imagine where they came from!  I'm looking for
> a happy home for them.
> On Monday we are expecting a giant storm. Already 4 tractor-trailers
> have been overturned along the way...  Oh, dear --  we only got
> 36 plants in today, and have about 96 more to go. We'll never catch up,
> never.  And Jim has a garage full of seed which he will never get in
> the ground, either. What a strange summer this will  turn out to be!
> Penny, NY
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