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