I drove to Goffstown to the hardware store today to take a look at their outside plant department. I have found many a fine perennial there- the “Southern Cross” ironweed, for example- and thought the store would not be crowded on a Sunday morning.
I had to park across the street next to the dumpsters, for the lot was full. I found the new anemone cultivar “Fall in Love ‘Sweetly’ ” and “Fiery Meadow Mama”, a showy coneflower, and as I was loading them into the front seat to ride along home with me, I saw something unbelievable growing near the dumpsters. I brought home a bouquet of it, hoping I could save some seed, though I did not know if the color would run true.
A pink and burgundy colored Queen Anne’s lace.
Of course the Internet knows all, and this new color strain is called “Dara”. Southern Living magazine had an article about it, and the seed companies are selling it.
And I found it on a hot late July Sunday morning growing with the trash.