So I took pictures of my tall coreopsis (C. tripteris) to make a post today about this plant's positive attributes, unfair (I think) reputation, and struggles in this year's weather. Yet when it was time to transfer those pictures and create the post, I found my camera is having some problem with its memory card, and to be honest I think it's on its last legs.
So, please stand by for photos. But I will at least give you the gist of my thoughts on tall coreopsis.
Mine is about 4 years old now, and every summer it's one of the anchors of the prairie corner in my front bed. Cheery yellow flowers and bamboo-like foliage make it attractive from the time it peeks out of the ground until frost. It's between 3' and 4' tall and therefore easily noticeable without being domineering. This year, however, the poor thing is listing to the side, vainly reaching for the sunlight that has been so sorely lacking. It usually blooms by early to mid-July but it's just now setting out buds (it's almost August!!)
Nevertheless, I'm eagerly awaiting its saffron flowers with brown centers. The foliage has looked exotic and verdant all year, despite the slow blooming (which I can't blame on the plant itself).
I've read many times that this plant can be aggressive, but I have yet to see evidence of that. Sure, it's grown in width, but I haven't found any runners/shoots, it's not muscling out any of its neighbors, and in general it seems to be a well-behaved, well-adjusted plant. Perhaps my nutrient-poor clay is slowing it down, but so far I've got no complaints.
So that's my two cents about tall coreopsis. Has anyone else had any experience with this plant? I will post pictures once I have a working camera again. Hopefully by next Bloom Day it will have copious flowers on display!
And because I feel weird making a post without images, here's some random shots from a family friend's home in southern Baja California, Mexico.
Here's some huge aloes...
...and what is this pretty desert flower? (Southern bloggers, I'm looking your way!)