Flowers on Friday

I have featured this flower before, but couldn’t help photographing some recently in the Lost Gardens of Heligan. I love these flowers and how the petals droop as they age. With their swirling skirts I always think of them as ‘little dancers’.

Helenium ‘Riverton Beauty’: Tall, upright and robust with clear, butter yellow flowers and a central brown cone.

Helenium ‘Riverton Gem’: A tall and robust selection forming a large bush of upright stems with mid green leaves topped with a magnificent display of orange flowers with yellow tips in mid to late summer.

With Storm Lorenzo hitting our shores (my little Aussie grandson thinks it is hilarious that he has a storm named after him), these flowers will probably be finished by the end of the weekend. But hopefully the pictures will brighten up your Friday.

 

Helenium “Chelsey”

When compared to more commonly offered varieties, such as ‘Moorheim Beauty’, ‘Chelsey’ distinguishes itself by having fuller flowers as the petals do not droop, and being more compact with very thick stems, making it a much sturdier plant. ‘Chelsey’ also provides extra intrigue, as its crimson petals are often flecked with bright yellow highlights, which vary in proportion according to how much sunlight each individual flower receives.

Helenium “Chelsey”

Helenium “Moerheim Beauty”

Autumnal daisy with richly hued,  copper-red petals set round a velvet-brown middle lightened by ochre shading on the petals and the ochre fuzz of the central cone Рdroops its petals.  Sneezeweed is tall, and is great for filling gaps in borders and adding height. It looks particularly good with grasses. And bees love it.

helenium moerheim beauty