During a meeting of the embellishment committee, the members of the committee decided on the symbolic flower for Kinnear's Mills. The choice of the committee was rudbeckie (brown eyed Susan) and the selected variety was the "INDIAN SUMMER". This flower was named in the beginning of the 17th century in homage to the Swedish botanist Olaf Rudbeck.
Its yellow color, its green foliage and its dark button associate well with the colors representing the village. The yellow also reminds us of the Sun, enjoyment, light, harmony and springtime.
Easy to grow, the rudbeckie offers magnificent flowers in the shape of the sun. They are very flower-bearing, resistant, rustic and strong. They make magnificent cut flowers. They blossom from the middle of July or at the end of July up to the frost of autumn. Flowers can be one diameter going up to 15 cm and their height can achieve 90 cm. These flowers with stiff stalks mix well with the other tall plants and grasses. The annuals are like perennials.
The rudbeckie needs sun to remain strong on its stalk. We can tie the flowers which sometimes become too heavy after the rain. A common earth is enough. They resist the drought, but prefer a little freshness. To protect it from a cold winter, we protect its roots by covering them with straw,so they will blossom again next summer.
They are sowed outside at the beginning of spring until the end of May. The seeding sets from 5 to 10 days. To accelerate the seeding, keep the ground 21 degrees Celsius. They grow by leaving the dried flower on the plant until maturation. At the end of autumn, cut down the plants to 15 cm and leave the old flowers and the stalks on the ground help to favor the seeding of seeds.
The last dried flowers of Autumn attract birds such as goldfinches and others, because the seeds are are a natural food.
Rudbeckies can be annual or perennials. There are approximately about twenty kinds in North America.
We multiply them by division in spring for the perennial by planting in autumn or in spring for the annual varieties.
To differentiate the rudbeckie from Echinacea we notice that the stalk and the leaves of the rudbeckie are hairy.
Cut regularly helps to keep strong and prosperous plantations until autumn.
Regularly remove dead flowers from the plant will increase the quantity of flowers.