Image #1 What is with these purple coneflowers blooming barely out of the ground. This also happened to a couple of rudbeckias.
Image #2 The plant in the center is a weed isn't it?
Image #3 These two honeysuckles were planted at the same time last fall. The one on the left has bloomed since February. The one one the right has never bloomed. There isn't a male and female honeysuckle is there? If so, the male is going back to the nursery!!
More questions. Are the coneflowers and the Rudbeckias hybrids ? If native, how were they propagated? and In what kind of soil and amendments were they grown? It looks like their DNA is messed up somehow. Im not an expert so that's just my .02.
#1 Sometimes coneflowers get a disease called The Yellows and the plants get deformed, best to dispose of it.
#2 Looks like Giant Ragweed to me.
#3 I looked around and couldn't find whether Coral Honeysuckle is dioecious or not, bust keep it and see what happens.
Thanks for the answers. I have been so busy outside that I haven't had a chance to read DG much. I have pulled the ragweed, will be patient with the honeysuckle and am waiting to see if any other purple coneflowers bloom like this first one. Will keep a watchful eye for another.
Good news!!! I have pulled the ragweed, the second honeysuckle has buds, and I dug up the coneflower. The other coneflowers seem to be growing normal stems before they bloom. Thanks everyone for the suggestions.