The existing Rudbeckia in my yard re-seeds like crazy, so it can't be to hard to grow them from seed. When I spotted a packet of 'Irish Eyes' seed, I snatched it up. There is something about seed packets that gets me. I don't know whether it is the optomist or the miser in me, but the prospect of 10, 20, or 50 plants for around $1.50 stirs my pulse.

But it doesn't excite me enough to actually do things right, unfortunately. If I do get around to sowing the seeds (that reminds me: I need to plant 'Moon and Stars' watermelon this weekend), there is no guarantee that I will remember their existence. Alas, my 'Irish Eyes' germinated wonderfully but as time went on they succumbed due to thirst. I felt guilty enough to replant more seeds and I remember to water them once in a while. They are succeeding in spite of me. Lesson learned: Rudbeckia seeds are easy to start and the seedlings are pretty tough. But they do need to be watered more than once a month.

Notes: It was my blogging duty to purchase 'Toto' and 'Some Other Cultivar I Can't Remember' at White Flower Farm last week. Assistant Editor Danielle Sherry dismissed them as "annuals," but I don't care. I pledged to grow every Rudbeckia I could find, and dammit, that is what I'm doing.

"Notes" note: I intentionally misspelled "damn it." All other errors are due to time constraints, lack of a spell checker, and/or general incompetence.

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