This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Echinacea purpurea - Eastern Purple Coneflower


The genus name is from the Greek echino, meaning "hedgehog", an allusion to the spiny central disk. Its so perfectly arrayed its mesmerizing.

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