Six on Saturday – Happy Returns

Saturday, once again. Today I am looking at six things I am happy to see returning to the garden. ‘Happy Returns’ is also the name of a very nice repeat blooming yellow daylily…I wish I had a few of those. On to the six…

Blanketflower (Gallardia pulchella) – a prolific, reseeding wildflower I enjoy in its many variations. I caught a bee on this one. I leave these to grow wherever they land.

Another batch of Envy Zinnias are in flower. My husband even likes these…he doesn’t notice much in the garden.

Another wildflower that I leave to wander the garden. I enjoy these blue Spiderwort flowers every spring. I am sure it is a Transcandentia, just don’t know which one.

Another native back in bloom, Sunshine Mimosa (Mimosa strigillosa). This is the groundcover that ties my wildflower garden together, or I hope it will.

Pink Cactus Zinnias are also back in the garden…

Another one of my favorite Florida natives is back in bloom – Firebush (Hamelia patens) – a butterfly and bee magnet. The Zebra longwing butterflies are back as well, nectaring on these flowers and the Zinnias.

There, my Six for this Saturday. To see more posts, visit Jon at

Happy Gardening!!


17 comments on “Six on Saturday – Happy Returns

  1. You have been the zinnia queen. I am trying harder to get them to grow and started some in pots. My husband is the same, but I guess if we both liked to garden there would be a difference of opinion.

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  2. Roguegarden says:

    A beautiful selection. I particularly enjoyed seeing the plants that are native to your part of Florida. Would love to see an overview of the wildlife garden.

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    • Thanks, the wildlife garden looks pretty fried right now and I have been hanging rotten bananas in the perennials for the butterflies….will take pics when it looks better..


  3. fredgardener says:

    Hello ! Stunning Firebush and Sunshine Mimosa flowers! Could the tradescantia be a T. virginiana? wild and blue.

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  4. Trying to decide on my favourite from this week – they are all gorgeous!

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  5. tonytomeo says:

    What an odd ground cover. I had to look up Mimosa strigillosa. What genus is the ‘real’ mimosa? Like ‘cedar’, the term ‘mimosa’ applies to so many different species.

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Another great six, Amy. I was going to suggest Commelina but I see in the comments you already got that. It self sows in my garden, too, but I’ve learned not to allow it space, which it quickly overruns!

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  7. Cathy says:

    The Mimosa is quite something. Would love to try growing them… perhaps when I get my greenhouse one day! Your zinnias just keep on going. 😃 And I seem to remember the Firebush has a long flowering season too, doesn’t it?

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    • They are a interesting little plant, I hope they get going a little more densely…you would need a greenhouse. The zinnias are from a new set of seeds I planted in February, the other ones had lived their life and got replaced. Firebush does last a long time, probably til November.

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  8. Rosie Amber says:

    Such a lovely six. The Spiderwort and the Zinnias caught my eye.

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