(In progress) “Mystery” plant; rudbeckias

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After nearly three weeks, one of my “mystery” plant’s seeds has sprouted! Of the four which I’d sowed, three of them didn’t sprout, and when I dug them out to throw them away, I found them infested with fruit fly maggots. So…

And while my rudbeckias did germinate, they seem to grow oh-so-slowly, until I’m getting rather impatient…

"Mystery" plant's seed has sprouted!

Rudbeckia 'toto rustic'

Rudbeckia 'toto rustic'

Rudbeckia hirta 'cherry brandy'

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(Seed sowing) Three Susans with slightly different names

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I decided to try growing black-eyed susans again, since I wanted to ‘prettify’ my garden with flowers, yet have the flowers belong to plants which can be used (that is, consumed as a herb or vegetable or something).

Since I have about four types of rudbeckias and I’ve successfully grown the rudbeckia hirta ‘rustic colors’, I thought that it was time to challenge myself with the rest.

Sown were five to six seeds of the toto, moreno, and ‘toto rustic’ strains in each pot. The first two were bought from Far East Flora along Thomson Road; the last was given to me kindly by The Curious Gardener (thank you, CG!).

Now, let’s see which ones sprout the quickest, or if they even sprout at all.

(Photography) Black-eyed susan flower head and harvested seeds

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One of the four of my rudbeckia flowers on one plant has started to turn brown and wilt over a week ago. But it was only these few days that the stalk started to turn brown and wilt too. I think that this signified that the flowerhead has matured, and that the seeds can be harvested.

I sure hope that I’ve harvested the right things at the right time. I should try to sow a few seeds to see if they’re viable or not.

If any readers can tell me if they think those are really seeds, I’d be most appreciative.

Flowerhead and seeds

The other side

(Photography) Another black-eyed susan

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I saw this at a nursery and just had to get it. I have no exact scientific name for it though. Just hope my dad doesn’t kill it (again).

(Photography) Black-eyed susan flower

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(Photography) Black-eyed susan – flower a few days later

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(Black-eyed susan) Flower

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The opened flower.

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