The vast majority of my purple coneflowers have had every single flower petal eaten, leaving these very cool looking 'cones' behind. They almost look like a globe thistles right now, which is fine with me, to tell you the truth. A friend of mine, Liz, lives 15 miles away and reports the same thing has happened in her yard. Who are these purple petal eaters, lol?
* With all due respect to Sheb Wooley and his 1958 hit, Purple People Eaters. When I was a very cute, very well-behaved youngster in the mid '60s, lol, my parents and I would eat at a local pizzeria at least once a month. The jukebox had Wooley's song on it, and I absolutely insisted that we play it every time. My mother on the other hand, always played Big Bad John, by Jimmy Dean. I remember Jimmy Dean mostly for his role as Willard Whyte in James Bond's Diamonds Are Forever. Well, that and his breakfast sausages.