A Touch of Southwest Color in Missouri

One of my favorite flowers is the Gaillardia, also known as the Goblin Blanket Flower, or Indian Blanket Flower.  It’s so easy to grow.  Originating from the Southwest, it tolerates all that northern Missouri summers can dish out: heat, drought, humidity, and the occasional downpour.  I just leave this hardy perennial alone, let it reseed itself, and enjoy it again the next year.  It blooms all summer long and attracts butterflies and people to its cheerful beauty.  And as you can see, it’s also quite photogenic.

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