One of the brightest spots on my front porch this summer is the pot of Blanket Flowers, or Gaillardia Aristata. The bright orange-pink petals with intense yellow tips draws attention from bees and butterflies. Blanket Flower gets its name in areas where fields are filled with them because they "blanket" the field in blooms. They have also been called Indian flowers and Firewheels.
Blanket flowers are related to Sunflowers, Daisies, and Asters. Their large, long-lasting blooms grow up to 4 inches across. Bi-colored flowers include orange, red, and yellow. Flowers bloom from early summer to fall, if spent blooms are deadheaded. These beauties are great in or along fields and in butterfly gardens. They're also good for cuttings. Blanket flowers are easy to grow perennials. They like full sun and are drought tolerant- important when one lives close to the southern coast.
I hope everyone enjoys their Saturday. I plan to do some heavy cleaning indoors. Lately I've neglected my usual household chores because I've spent more time outdoors (where I'd rather be). Everything is now piling up so I must, I must, I must do some cleaning, like it or not. Maybe I'll finish in time to catch the late evening hummingbird show on my front porch :)