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As a horticulturist and conservationist, I love sharing information through writing, photography, public speaking, and consulting—12 months of the year. Welcome to my nonstop garden! Have fun exploring my website. Let me know if there are any gardening or conservation projects I can help you with.



Rudbeckia hirta 'Indian Summer'Love those self-sowers. Among my favorite things about gardening are the endless surprises. Self-sowing annuals or short-lived tender perennials are great for fairly reliable serendipitous displays each year. Once you plant self-sowers like gloriosa daisy (Rudbeckia hirta and cultivars) and let them set seed, they will happily spread their progeny about. The kids may not pop up in the exact same place, but that is what makes gardening fun. The newbies create all sorts of unexpected combinations and surprises when they sprout each year. They are also pretty easy to pluck out of the garden if you do not like how things are going. Of course, some plants are more prolific than others. If you are not absolutely in love with the plant, do not let it go to seed and ask other gardeners in your area about how intensely a particular plant seeds before planting it in your garden. Also, always check to see if a plant is listed as an invasive species in your area before welcoming it into the fold.

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