|Heliopsis helianthoides 'Loraine Sunshine'|
Dear Hortense Hoelove,
What do you think of Helopsis helianthoides ‘Loraine Sunshine’?
I think she’s a tramp of a flower who has been in every bed in my garden. Lovely flower, though, and outstanding leaves, too. I let her stay because her leaves are so pretty.
Yours in gardening,
Garden fairies here! Carol asked us to comment on Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Loraine Sunshine’. Geez, do you know how long it takes us garden fairies to type Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Loraine Sunshine’ by jumping from key to key? Couldn’t she have asked us to comment on a plant with a shorter name, like Zea mays? Hey, did we ever tell you about the night we were partying in the corn patch when suddenly we were over run with raccoons? We don’t know who invited them to our party, but we have our suspicions. Oh, gosh, Carol sure was mad the next day when she saw what those raccoons did to the corn. Hey, what we were supposed to be commenting on? It wasn’t corn… oh right… Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Loraine Sunshine’. It sure is a pretty plant. We like the leaves, especially. Hey, did we tell you about the time the rabbits kept biting off the stems of Heliospis helanthoides ‘Loraine Sunshine’? Carol sure was mad…
Yes, Dr. Hortfreud?
I’ve been thinking about why you don’t deadhead Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Loraine Sunshine’ more often to prevent self-sowing.
Why is that, Dr. Hortfreud?
I think it is because you want it to self-sow around the garden.
Why would I want it to self-sow all over?
Because, you have a tiny seed of doubt deep within you that maybe next spring some other plants won’t return, but by letting Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Loraine Sunsine’ self sow in the garden, you know you’ll at least have those seedlings, and though most will revert to the plain green of the species, some will have variegated leaves. But I wouldn’t be too concerned, Carol. Every gardener has that tiny seed of doubt.
Ox-eye daisies! You might be right, Dr. Hortfreud!
Just don’t give in to it, Carol. Before our next session, I want you to go out to your garden and deadhead the Heliopsis helianthoides ‘Loraine Sunshine’ and then we’ll discuss how that felt at our next session.
Okay, but can I leave just a few seed heads?
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