This lovely flower opens every spring, and lasts for much of the summer. It used to be that I cut back the dried-up brown foliage when the plant was done flowering.
But then one year I left the brown foliage up several weeks longer until the seeds dropped, before I cut it back. It was more unsightly, but I discovered these wild flowers were re-seeding and multiplying. I’ve done this for several years, and now we have dozens of big fluffy clumps of the gold wire plants.
Hooking into the natural rhythms goes a long way.
Photo credit: Athena Alexander