Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Choices We Make

I have often wondered why I have chosen the color orange for several of my daylilies, but today as I was taking some photos, I realized the orange tones retain their color.  My darker colored daylilies tend to fade very quickly in the heat and sun, their mushies are anything but attractive.  I have many yellow and light colors such as pink tones and cream, all retaining their colors.

Mauna Loa Daylily

Orange is not one of my favorite colors in the garden but it looks spectacular with the blues, purples and pinks.  As I have said before my color palette has changed over the years to include just about everything.

Eileen Clymer Daylily (foreground)
Blue Paradise Phlox with Conca d'Or Orienpet Lily

 
 
This is Blue Paradise Phlox in the afternoon with Conca d'Or Orienpet Lily
 
It is still like magic to me how the color changes during the day, the scent is lovely and wonderful all season if deadheaded.
 
Lady Lucille Daylily
Blooms with and after Mauna Loa

 
Barbara Mitchell Daylily
This is a stunning daylily and I must move it to a place of more prominence for next year.
 
Chicago Rosy Daylily
 
Dark Ruby Daylily
I have moved this several times, looks a lot darker in the garden.
 
Ice Carnival Daylily
I have these at the end of my vegetable garden.  They are unusual in that their spent blooms look pretty good and are not like the mushies.
 
Lullaby Baby Daylily
This was a freebie a few years ago with a daylily order.
 
Don Stephens Daylily
Another freebie
 
Red Rum Daylily
This is a shorter daylily and great for the front of the border.
 
Chicago Apache Daylily
 
Chicago Apache is in the hot south side raised bed with Loraine Sunshine, and other sustainable plants.  The choices were difficult with many years of experimentation to see which plants can take the heat.
 
Mystery Phlox
I received this in a pot with another phlox, still going strong and the original no longer with us.
 
My choices in phlox have not always worked out, loved Laura but could not keep it after several tries.
 
 
Bubblegum Phlox
 
Bubblegum is a beautiful phlox but does not respond to deadheading like Blue Paradise.
 
 
Back South Border
 
Platycodon
 
The Orienpet Lilies blooms at different times, these being my last to bloom by the back gate.  They are very tall, at least eight feet and some of the blooms point downward.
 
Orienpet Lily Friso
 
Orienpet Lily Anastasia
 
Orienpet so tall it cannot stand even with support, very pretty but was part of a group and not named.
 
Kim's Knee High Pink Coneflower
 
Kim's Knee High Red Coneflower
 
I tried to order more of the pink but it was sold out a couple of years ago so I went with the red, not a big difference.  I like both!
 
 
 
 
 



 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Another Show!

Can you just hear Ethel Merman singing, another opening, another show?  Well, this is showtime in the garden world.  I still have a few days before the cymbals bang but I thought it would be wise to show what I have - another big storm predicted.

Altari Orienpet Lily
I have mostly Orienpets because of their drama.  Most of them stand without support, but I have a few that are about eight feet tall so I use holders - invisible in the foliage.
 
Conca d'Or Orienpet Lily
This one is just beginning to open, pale yellow
 
Satisfaction Orienpet Lily
I almost gave this one up, first to bloom, fades in the sun, so I moved it to a little shadier place in the front garden.
 
Lavon Orienpet Lily
My favorite, warm colors and heavenly scent!
 
Orienpet Lily (unknown variety)
This could be Montego Bay but was not labeled in a grouping.
This one does require support, the lilies are not all at the top.
 
 
 
As you can see, it's all about how lilies look in the border if you are going to use them in formal plantings.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The nice thing about lilies is that you can cut them back about a foot when finished blooming so the stalks can cure and not show up in the surrounding foliage.
 
Blue Paradise Phlox
Introduced by Piet Oudolf, blue in the morning, scented, first to bloom for me, but does require support.  This is also my best repeat bloomer after deadheading.
 
Blue Paradise Phlox
It is the only phlox that I know of that turns a different color later in the day!
 
Geranium Blue Sunshine
Not as robust as Rozanne but lighter green leaves and lighter blue flowers.
 
Geranium Rozanne
Strong grower, benefits from an obelisk and some pruning to keep it in control.  This one blooms until frost.
 
Entrapment Daylily With Rozanne Geranium
 
Space Age Daylily
Blooms at different heights, very large bloom
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

It's Beginning!

We have had the most rain in history (as long as amounts have been recorded) for the month of June!

Pink Meidiland Rose
This is a beautiful rose, taller and less bushy than the shrub roses like Knockout.

Rainbow Knockout
The roses will be taking a rest for awhile and hopefully we will see them again (unless the Japanese Beetles destroy all of the flowers).

Blue Angel Clematis (TypeIII)
I almost did not keep this clematis when I saw the pale blue flower, but this year en masse, I really love it!

Visions Astilbe with Interrupted Fern and Lady Fern

Sprite Astilbe
 

Bordeaux Petunia

Superbells Yellow Chiffon

Asiatic Graffiti

Happy Returns Daylily
This is the first of my daylilies to bloom.

Mary Todd Daylily

Red Rum Daylily

Eileen Clymer Daylily

Arnie's Choice Daylily

Blue Paradise Phlox
My earliest phlox to bloom, last to bloom, reblooms with deadheading and scented, needs support, but worth it!
 
The south back border ready to break into full bloom!