Its been hot and dry… the daylilies do pretty well in the heat but the colors get a bit washed out. I tried to get some photos early in the morning. People ask if I have favorites. Its hard to choose, but I really like Techny Spider because of the complexity of the coloring. It’s stunning.
Double Triple Treat
Unknown gold from Kim
Unknown peach from Kris K.
Mont Blanc Special
unknown red/burgundy from Amy
Pretty in Pink
unknown funky orange
The display is really getting good…. almost time for a “group shot”. The big rain knocked them down, but they are out smiling at today’s sunshine..
Altissima Seedling close -up
Altissima Seedling .. the long view… this beauty (way in the back) is 6 feet tall
Common orange.. these are growing around the stump of Old Man Willow
Claire Marguerite Deshaines
This morning’s stroll in the garden yielded these lovelies..more to come…its not over yet…
Fairy Tale Pink
Quite a few more daylilies decided to show their pretty faces over the weekend… here’s the latest batch
Key to my Heart
Way Beyond the Sun
North Dakota Sunrise
It’s time for the daylily parade. I used to think daylilies were just boring old orange things by the side of the road and then my friend Kim got me hooked. I now have almost 60 different ones … most named. The show starts with the Stella D’oro in mid-June and continues on into August. Ready for a parade of gorgeous?
Siloam Double Classic
Two Part Harmony
Mrs. Hugh Johnson
Stay tuned .. more will open up tomorrow
Yup.. had another birthday (on the 5th). I say keep ’em coming. The garden celebrated with me..
Centaurea macrocephala from my sister Amy
All those colors above mixed together in the “hot corner”
Mom’s gas plant….
and Dad’s pink dahlia.. blooming on my birthday
Rainy day here – we’re on the fringes of Hurricane Arthur. I got out this morning before the rains came and found a few plants that looked like fireworks …
Nectaroscordum gone to seed
Allium seed head
Campanula – Octopus
My previous post dealt with the formation of the Alpine garden.. now I want to show you the troughs. I discovered that some plants did better in troughs than in the ground. I have a bunch of different ones. Some are hypertufa which I made in a workshop with my garden club. One is an old rusty tin pot I found in the woods. I also have an old soapstone sink that was given to me. The troughs allow me more flexibility since I can move them around (except for the sink- that’s very heavy). I use a soil mixture of potting soil, perlite, turface and chicken grit.
This trough is an old iron pot with different Saxifraga
Starting to bloom
This one is Saxifraga ‘Esther
the soapstone sink makes a great trough – and a fairy lives there
Dianthus- Nyewood cream
Sedum and sempervivum
This is one of the hypertufa troughs with blooming Silene alpestris
Saxifraga sancta and Saxifraga apiculata alba
Saponaria x oliviana
A couple additions to the Alpine Garden this week:
Campanula poscharskyana – E.H. Frost
I’ve been away for two weeks in glorious Scotland. I will write a wildflower post highlighting all the beautiful flowers I found in the highlands at some point, but first there is much to catch up on here at home. I missed the full bloom of the peonies and the Louisiana Iris. I did manage to grab a few shots of things the morning before we left on June 14th so I’ll post those as well as a few other things that were blooming in mid-June.
This is the Louisiana Iris I got from friend Lee many years ago.. one blossom opened for me the morning we left for Scotland . The whole patch has grown to be 5 feet across.. need to do some thinning..
Peony buds – these came with the house
Some white ones I purchased a few years back
A hot pink purchase
Another lovely peony that came with the house.. I have divided this many times…
Penstemon – common name is Beardtongue: I have a number of different ones.. here’s some Husker Red
A dwarf variety in light purple
A blue one
This is a really small one called Penstemon hirsutis var. pygmaeus given to me by Peter George of the North American Rock Garden Society
Also blooming in mid-June :
Meadow rue – Thalictrum aquilegifolium (with Baptisia and Gillenia trifoliata photobombing)
Gillenia trifoliata – Bowman’s root
A very pretty salvia – this one doesn’t flop