Spring Has Arrived! Part 5: Blanket Flower

There are some flowers, no matter how common, that always make me happy! So when the trails are decorated with sunflowers of any variety, it’s hard not to smile from cheek to cheek!

Yellow Blanket Flower fills this bill …… a what a lovely burst of sunshine popping up today!

If you’ve ever planted a flower garden, there’s a good chance that seeds from a Gaillardia species, aka blanket flower, was included in your seed packet. A prolific seed producing annual or short-lived perennial, blanket flowers can come in colors from solid yellow, to red and yellow, to deep, rich mahogany.

The Yellow Blanket Flower, a native perennial of the desert southwest, has brilliant sunshine yellow ray flowers surrounding a dome or pom-pom shaped center full of densely packed rusty colored disk flowers.

The seeds are produced in the flower’s center, after the fertile disk flowers are pollinated. This always causes the pom-pom to swell to twice its size in preparation for seed dispersal.

Collecting a handful of seeds each fall to scatter in my yard ensures I can enjoy from home this happy flower’s bright color as they dance and sway in the spring winds.

4 Comments

  1. Beautiful sunflowers! There are many varieties and they are so bright & cheery, a favorite flower of mine! How fun to collect & scatter seeds and happy the wind died down for you!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. sgoodman56 says:

    a lovely addition to your garden. I’ll send you pictures of mine on the other app.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thanks Susan! I’ve deleted my WhatsAp (so many spam messages). Send me email tho, because I’d love to see yours!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. sgoodman56 says:

        email(s) on their way!

        Liked by 2 people

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s