GBBD: Instant Sunshine

We've got back from 2 weeks in sunny Ireland just in time for me to take this picture of Rudbeckia 'Little Goldstar' before the first storm of autumn hits us this morning. It illustrates perfectly how the use of yellow in the garden really helps to lift the gloom - it was so dark when I took this photo our little outdoor light came on when I went past. That was at 9am!

This Rudbeckia is smaller than most of its clan - reaching just over a foot tall and with a similar spread - so it's perfect for the front of the border. Bees love it and it flowers from July until October, so I love it too. The label says plant in full sun or partial shade, but I saw some interesting uses of R. 'Goldsturm' in deeper shade whilst I was on holiday. More on that to come...

I hope you enjoy this little bit of 'instant sunshine' in what promises to be some challenging weather for gardening today. It looks like I have the perfect excuse to look through my holiday photos instead ;)

Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.


  1. Instant sunshine is a perfect description!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!
    Lea's Menagerie

  2. It really is instant sunshine, such a super little plant. I bought one last year, the flowers might be smaller, but there are so many of them, they seem to go on for ever!

  3. Looking forward to your Goldsturm post. Anything that shines out of shade is a must have for me. Little Goldstar is a stunner. The weather has arrived here in Devon. Enjoy the holiday pics!

  4. They look good. Rudbeckia are a flower I've not grown but keeping meaning to. Flighty xx

  5. Fascinated by the idea of rudbeckia in shade. Yours really are little stars, aren't they?

  6. Very pretty. I'm loving the rudbeckia in our garden at the moment too. Great burst of summeryness!

  7. Instant sunshine indeed! I picked up an almost dying pot in Tesco for £2 the other week. I left it in a basin of water overnight - it hasn't looked back!
    Happy Bloom Day!

  8. I like the thought of a little rudbeckia - will keep my eyes open for that one VP. Hope that you have had a great holiday.

  9. Hi everyone - so glad to see so many Rudbeckia fans :) I've neglected them dreadfully, but still that picture shows I've been rewarded with 25 flowers on just one plant! As Angie says, they're pretty good at being rescued ;)


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