Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Clematis for Fall

Clematis terniflora
The sweet autumn clematis has begun to flower. This is a very vigorous vine which I originally purchased for  covering an arbor. I wasn't pleased with the result and removed it. Although I liked the fragrance and the small white flowers it was simply too large for the space.  The following spring I was surprised to find a few seedlings. I pulled most of them and move a couple to a fence that was surrounding a work area close to the house.
It has completely covered the fence from the gate all the way back to the tool shed. The whole length of this fence will be a solid mass of white blooms over the next several weeks. It is certainly a nicer view of that area in front of the tool shed. Another plus for this plant is that it is deer resistant.  However this plant is considered invasive in states that are to the south so I will still exercise caution watching for seedlings. So far I have not had any seedlings to come up in other areas.

Friday, July 26, 2013

A Few Blooms for Late July

A couple of years ago while visiting a garden fair we purchased a few lilium bulbs. They were being sold by the local daffodil society. I was assured that all I had to do was dig a hole and plant them and they would bloom.

I am not sure what the variety name or type is since I did not label them when I planted them. Guess you can say I was a little skeptical of his claim that they were so easy to grow. One of the bags was supposed to be 'Mother's Choice'. Doing a search on the internet I found this variety offered for sale with the description saying it would grow 3-4 feet tall. This one is easily a little over 6 feet tall.

Another of the bags was labeled Mona Lisa. Perhaps that is this one?
Whatever their name or type
I just enjoy the blooms.

We can see these blooms from our kitchen window. As we stood there this morning admiring the blooms, my husband wished we had more of them. It doesn't take much of a nudge for me to be ready to buy more plants, so I have ordered a few more.
Hope you are enjoying whatever is blooming in your late July garden.
Sue Ellen

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Just A Little Too Much

 After two days of rain we had a thunderstorm last evening that sat over us for almost an hour and a half.
The garden beds in the lowest part of the back garden were flooded. During a lull in the storm, my DH ventured out and saw water overflowing the waterways he had created to divert the rainfall that he had hoped would prevent this from happening. If this much rain had fallen over a longer period of time I think it would have.
Our land drains fairly rapidly because it is mostly limestone with many underground caverns. But with this much rain it will take a while for all of it to drain away.Then the cleanup can begin. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Eary Morning Stroll

Each summer we look forward to the time that the daylilies begin to reach peak bloom. I don't think we are quite there but we are very very close. The beds are loaded with blooms. It is wonderful to just walk through the beds early each day to see what is blooming.
It is always a joy to see the first blooms of a new addition to the garden. Often we purchase based on photos we have seen, sometimes it is after seeing the plant in another garden. But you are never sure if it will be exactly the same in the conditions that exist in your garden. Below are the first blooms on No Boys Allowed and I could not be more pleased with this one.
H. No Boys Allowed
H. Intelligent Design
'Intelligent Design is in its second bloom season here and the blooms are better than they were last year. With the ample moisture and cooler temperatures there are so many more buds than last year.
H. Bark At Me
I always enjoy seeing the unusual forms bloom. I love the long petals that twist and curl. 'Bark At Me' is an older daylily with a 7.5" bloom.
H. White Chocolate
Another fairly new addition to the garden, 'White Choclate' was also catching my attention this morning. It's a 7" white flower with a green throat also classified as an unusual form. It is loaded with buds so I will get to enjoy it for quite a while.
I finish my stroll with a look at a newer bed of daylilies. This bed was created in the fall of  2011 as I divided older clumps of daylilies from another part of the garden. As I find companion plants that do well planted with daylilies I will be adding them to the beds. We added a phlox, a few lily bulbs and verbena to this bed. The verbena reseeds and I let a lot of it bloom where it wants.
Hope you have time to stroll through the garden and enjoy the blooms.
Sue Ellen

Monday, June 17, 2013

June Blooms for GBBD

H.  'Texas Beautiful Bouquet'

Mid June brings the beginning of our daylily blooms.  We are growing close to  600 cultivars with bloom dates that range from mid June until the end of July.  The daylily pictured above is one of my favorites of the early blooming ones.

H. 'Richard William Haynes'

Blooming in a bed nearby is another early favorite. This one is classified by the American Hemerocallis Society as an unusual form.  I love the long curling petals and sepals. I first became interested in growing daylilies after seeing the round ruffled ones but I find myself drawn more and more into the unusual forms.

Echinacea 'Daydream'

There are several of the cone flowers that are beginning to bloom. E. 'Daydream' was added late last year so these are the first blooms on this plant. I am very pleased with it so far. It is planted in one of the daylily gardens.

Echinacea 'PowWow Wild Berry'
Last year I purchased several of the variety E. 'PowWow Wild Berry' but several of them developed the aster yellow disease. I destroyed all the plants that displayed any symptoms and so far this year have not seen any evidence of the disease. I have not purchased any new cone flowers this year. I love these colorful plants and will really miss their presence if the disease appears again this year.
Achillea x 'Moonshine'
Coreopsis 'Sienna Sunset'
The yarrow's and the coreopsis are plants that can take a lot of neglect and keep right on blooming. The coreopsis have been divided several times and moved to other areas of the garden because I can count on them to bloom.
Hydrangea however are not always so dependable in my garden. I keep searching for the perfect spot and I may have found a good one for the one in this first picture. It may just have been the mild winter but I am hoping that its the location. Only time will tell.
Hydrangea macrophylla
Hydrangea quercifolia
This is the first bloom ever for my oakleaf hydrangea. The deer munch on this plant every fall and winter and I was sure I would never see a bloom. I had to move the Euphorbia 'Ascot Rainbow' in order to get a good picture. But at least I have proof that it bloomed once.
Hydrangea macrophylla 'Lady in Red'
The 'Lady in Red' hydragea does bloom most years. There are lots of buds this year so I will get to enjoy it longer.
The final picture is of a Blue Star Creeper. It is new this spring and I am please that  it is blooming and spreading. This area is a small slope at the end of our rock wall garden. I am hoping that it will be vigorous enough to cover much of the slope and grow between the stones that are on the slope.
Isotoma fluviatillis Blue Star Creeper
Hope your garden is full of blooms for you to enjoy.
Sue Ellen