A Surprise in the Garden

I love a surprise in the garden and one morning I spotted a dark red flower blooming on the far side of the bed.

I did not purposely plant this flower, but I am guessing it was in a packet of mixed wild seeds I received for free. I believe it is Red Plains Coreopsis. Hopefully, it will drop its seeds and come back next year.


16 Comments on “A Surprise in the Garden”

  1. That is a pretty one, thank the birds!?

  2. pbmgarden says:

    What a great surprise. Love the rich color.

  3. Tina says:

    It’s a beautiful red! Surprises are great!

  4. shoreacres says:

    Those are wonderful. At first glance, I thought they were the red Gaillardia species, but they clearly aren’t. I’ve never heard of Red Plains Coreopsis, so I looked it up, and all the sites I found gave the scientific name as Coreopsis tinctoria. The native version, known as Plains Coreopsis, is yellow and red, so I’d bet that the various versions of Red Plains Coreopsis are cultivars. I did see that the TAMU site says this one is a good plant for areas that get lots of rain — I’ve got a full sun area outside my place that collects water on top of the dirt, so I might give it a try.

  5. Eliza Waters says:

    A very pretty surprise – spread those seeds around!

  6. Chloris says:

    What a lovely surprise, you must remember to collect seeds.


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