Rudbeckia, The Late Summer Rockstars.

If my memory serves me well, I believe it was Great Auntie Titbit Higgledy the famous Georgian circus entertainer who first grew Rudbeckias in her mobile cutting patch that she would tow behind her caravan. When she wasn’t throwing knives at apples balanced on children, balanced on blindfolded donkeys, balanced on burning wheels….she was harvesting armfuls of Rudbeckias with which she used to woo Great Uncle Slippy, the sea-lion hypnotist.

I was reminded of Auntei Titbit when in my Twitter feed this morning I came across a photo shared by @DanielHugill :

Thanks Daniel for this...I'd never thought of Sweet Peas with Rudbeckia 'Marmalade' but it works really well...top marks sir!
Thanks Daniel for this…I’d never thought of Sweet Peas with Rudbeckia ‘Marmalade’ but it works really well…top marks sir!

The above Rudbeckias in Daniel’s arrangement are ‘Marmalade’…one of my favs…simple….cheery and straight forward. It’s also great as a cut flower…it has heaps of flowers and strong stems.

rudbeckia flower
…and this…taken this morning on her Tokyo balcony…thank you Takako…glad to see it’s warm enough to wear flip flops. You can say hi to Takako on her Twitter page @highlandcoo_JPN 🙂

Tips For Growing Rudbeckia From Seed:

*I always sow my Rudbeckia undercover…in a coldframe…on a windowsill…in a greenhouse…or all three.

*It makes life much easier if you sow in modules…or in separate three inch sqare pots.

*Only cover the seeds super lightly with your compost…or use a sprinkling of vermiculite if you are organised enough to have some.

This from the lovely Lindsay Brown really shows the simplistic beauty of 'Marmalade'...spanking gorgeous!
This from the lovely Lindsay Brown really shows the simplistic beauty of ‘Marmalade’…spanking gorgeous!

*Nearly always you/I will sow too many seeds…they are tiny and the urge to sprinkle too heavily is irresistible…but you MUST thin these out to one seedling per cell.

*After about six weeks…and after the frosts have finished being boring and have naffed off back up to Lapland, then your seedlings can be planted outside.

*Make sure they are planted in full sun.

 

'Irish Eyes'....note the green eye.......clever eh!? (not really)
‘Irish Eyes’….note the green eye…….clever eh!? (not really)

*I plant mine to a foot…or perhaps a little more apart.

*Rudbeckia  are fairly drought tolerant but they will need water whilst they are getting established.

*By cutting the blooms for the vase she will produce more flowers…we like this sort of behavior.

Rudbeckia 'Goldilocks'....a shaggytastic version of 'Marmalade'.
Rudbeckia ‘Goldilocks’….a shaggytastic version of ‘Marmalade’.

All these of course can be found in the Higgledy Seed Shop Of Dreams

To see see more pictures of the cutting patches grown by friends/customers/patrons click over to ‘The Sunday Night Picture Show’

More importantly…if you want to sow something in late summer/early autumn: ‘Flower Seeds To Sow In Late Summer & Early Autumn’

I hope you all have a great week….happy Monday!

Kindest regards

Benjamin Higgledy.