My block is full of beautiful summer flowers: these echinacea are in the front of my neighbor’s house (two doors down), and the yellow “splotches” you see in the photo are the many rudbeckia (black-eyed susans) blooming in front of my home. I had echinacea growing in my backyard, but they were chewed up, either by deer or by our resident ground hog. Yesterday morning I yelled “get out of here” at the ground hog. I just bought a solar mole chaser. We might buy a love trap. My neighbor down the block caught 11 last year. What can I say, the ground hogs love living in Highland Park.
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18 thoughts on “Summer Stock: Echinacea”
Isn’t Echinacea supposed to be good for a cold or something? Perhaps your resident ground hog was feeling under the weather.
I’ve had these growing around my place for a long time, but never knew that’s what they were. I’d only heard them called “cone flowers”. I had no idea I was growing medicinal herbs.
Yes, they do have healing properties. You can make an herbal concoction out of them. I have chamomile growing in my front yard; that’s good for tummy aches.
My groundhog is having the time of his life. He already ate my whole crop of dill and has started on my basil.
‘Perhaps your resident ground hog was feeling under the weather.’ – LOL, Mojo!
Beautiful shot, Leora.
I was just going to ask if you use the echinacea, but I guess not if the groundhogs are getting to it first. Ick, groundhog spit.
I know this one – I have it in liquid and in pills, but I don’t know if it ever really helped with the immune system. You have the best version – the flower – it is pretty!
Beautiful flowers. I should have had your concoction during the night as I had “tummy aches”. Too bad.
Lovely photo, I would like some of these in my garden. I took shots of cone flowers for my last post but forgot they were also called Echinacea. Thanks for the info.
I love the cone flower/echinacea plant, love the beautiful blooms. Your photo is lovely.
I hope your moles get spooked away by the solar mole chaser.
I almost hate to ask what’s done with the ground hogs? Relocation I guess? I am so sorry about this. The muskrat doesn’t seem interested in anything I have in the back yard and the deer haven’t gone after anything in the front this spring…
They take them to Johnson Park. I’ve told you this before. Supposedly, they have a hard time crossing River Road.
Well, who could blame them?
I enjoy seeing these flowers in many places but always forget their name until reminded by someone again. Sorry about the critters eating your plants!
Love these wild and happy flowers! I planted some white ones [White Swan Echinacea] one year and they are hopefully still blooming in the Chicago heat where I left them.
Echinacea are one of my favourite flowers. All you have to do is plant them and they do all the rest. 😉
Except either the groundhog can reach up high or the deer come when we aren’t looking! I haven’t been able to spread the echinacea around the house like the rudbeckia.
My black eyed susans are bursting to bloom and I can hardly wait.
That’s a lot of groundhogs. I live on five acres and saw one last year. Your neighbor must have something they love. 🙂
He grows lots of lettuce.
I came looking for a post of yours in your archive, but I saw this picture and couldn’t help but comment.
Sunday I went to Queens Botanical gardens and I saw these exact flowers, didn’t know what it was called, now I know. Thanks for sharing.
Here’s the Picture I took. Kinda makes me want to get a camera like yours with a good lens to make that blur effect.
(o, and I think I remember you once took a picture of a bee on a flower, I was so proud of myself that I was able to capture that too.)