Sunday, June 24, 2012

Losing Track Of Time

We have a little bit of the Time Machine going on this year.  It was a favorite movie but I never thought that I would become part of the story.  We have only jumped into the machine and sped about three weeks ahead but it is still not a normal feeling to see everything in your garden out of sync.

Cinco de Mayo
Most of the roses are done with their first blast of color.  This one had a cane left that burst into multiple blooms.

The Japanese Beetles have been fooled for now, very few rose petals to feed on.  However, they are many new blossoms forming, can we outrun them?

Home Run rose seems unattractive to the Japanese Beetles, another plus for this shrub rose!

Sedum Vera Jameson is a June surprise, never blooms this early, but it certainly blends in beautifully with all of the summer flowers.

Black is acceptable in my garden in small doses, have to use bright colors with it like Phantom Petunia.
Dark Ruby Daylily
This is still a difficult daylily to use in the garden, much darker than when photographed.  It needs to be mixed with very light flowers, white, yellow, etc.

Eileen Clymer is an early daylily and is now blooming with Blue Paradise Phlox and Becky Shasta Daisy.

Echinacea Knee High Red and Mary Todd Daylilies

Mary Todd Daylily
This one is a winner from way back, can't be without it, but does need to be divided more often than some other daylilies (about every four years).

Allium Schubertii
This is a great bulb (like stars in the garden) but does not always come back, or if it does it is smaller.  So, at least for me it is one that probably should be planted each year.

The south border has been devoid of annuals this year with perennials taking up the front area totally.  The Heucherellas are very colorful and the Brunnera Jack Frost continues to stand out through the summer.

This is the other section of that south border, sun in the front shade in the back.  You can see how the fence baskets contain shade plants and the back of the border shade tolerant perennials.

Heliopsis Lorraine Sunshine grows along the south border.

Arnies Choice Daylily

Red Rum Daylily
This is a shorter daylily with a large flower and looks great in the front of the border in the south garden.

Lullaby Baby Daylily
This is another shorter daylily peeking out from Rozanne Geranium.

Ice Carnival Daylily

Chicago Weathermaster Daylily

Arnie's Choice
In the front garden border

Maua Loa
I planted this daylily last year, not too many scapes yet, and is just beginning to bloom in the front garden.

Arnie's Choice Daylily
In the front border with Lythrum Morden's Pink and Becky Shasta Daisy

Some of the lilies suffered from frostbite but I think they will look okay.

Height is a concern with some lilies.  These are free standing but I have some that require support and then some!

Orienpet Satisfaction
This is a free standing lily and the fragrance is intoxicating.

Starlight Hydrangea Let's Dance
I had expected blue like the three I had put on the other side of the walk, but these were pink, fertilizer didn't make any difference.  Now, I actually think I like the pink better than the blue.

Hopefully the roses will bloom again, more dayliles to come, wonder if all of the fall plants will bloom in August?


Zoey said...

Hi Eileen,
That Arnie's Choice Daylily
In the front border with Lythrum Morden's Pink is a gorgeous combination!

Everything is my garden is early, too. I think there will be little left to bloom by August.

Lona said...

Hi Eileen. Your garden beds are just simply beautiful now with all of the lilies and companion plants. This is such a strange year. The beetles are usually here when my Rose of Sharon are blooming but they are just budding. They have eaten a few of the leftover rose blooms.Nasty little things. I like your Phantom petunias with the dark dahlias. That is a pretty combination. Have a wonderful week.

Katie G. said...

Everything is so beautiful. Love your blog!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Zoey,

Arnie's Choice was named after a Chicago Resturanteur named Arnie Morton, who owned Morton's Restaurants. It is quite a striking daylily but needs to have the mushies taken off to look great.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Lona,

The beetles are here but they have little to snack on right now. I do have some roses ready to rebloom so I hope they cannot last very long.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Katie,

Come again!


Gloria, Dakota Garden said...

Hi Eileen - your flower combinations are beautiful. You are right the timing of the blooms really is "off". I am hoping some plants will rebloom.


Eileen, your whole garden is intoxicating! That lily...those daylilies... the roses... absolutely fabulous. I'm with Lona in that the 'Phantom' petunias planted below the dark foliage of the Dahlia is pure genius. And 'Rozanne' Geranium with the white Daylily is equally captivating. Your garden is so inspiring. I wish I could see it in person.

Balisha said...

Your daylilys are so pretty. I just came in and noticed that I have a few blooms on my purple aster that sits on the corner of my front flower bed. It has never bloomed this early. I always love it when they bloom with the mums. This year is crazy and we are parched.

Beth said...

Beautiful, Eileen! Love your Becky daisies. They are so sturdy and tall - much better than the daisies I grow - I must do a switch! You have many pretty daylilies too. Gorgeous!

Jennifer said...

Hi Eileen, Your garden may be off its regular schedule, but it looks terrific. I have forgotten from last year what a nice array of daylilies you have. I have yet to see any Japanese Beetles and am just dreading their appearance.

~mel said...

What a beautiful garden tour you just took me on! LOVE IT!! A big green thumbs up to you!!

MrBrownThumb said...

Your garden tours are always a pleasure. You have such a wonderful garden and there's always something I see that I want.

I agree with you about the A. schubertii bulbs. They're my favorite allium, too bad they don't come back all the time.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Gloria,

We are in the heat wave now so it will be difficult to keep everything looking good.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Grace,

As you well know, keeping a garden alive is daily work. Our heat this week is oppressive and not something we are used to. I am trying to keep those lilies for a little while longer.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Balisha,

I am really bummed out about all of the early blooms. However, I am thrilled that I do not have the insect problems I had last year. We will see what July and August brings as I do not have many fall blooming perennials.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Beeth,

Becky is a great shasta daisy but it does tend to die out in areas every few years and needs dividing more often than other shastas. However, it is worth growing it for its stability and wow factor.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Jennifer,

I have a lot of daylilies for a small garden and need to divide some of them in the fall.

I have already seen the Japanese Beetles but they have very few roses to chew on because of the early bloom this year - Yeah!


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks mel for visiting, come again.


Gatsbys Gardens said...


I have used the Shubertii as a firecracker in my container displays for the July 4th holiday. It is amazing how much they look like sparklers (my childhood favorites).


Betty819 said...

Eileen..did you start your Kim's knee high red from seeds or buy starter plants? I have the Mary Todd Daylilies..and love the two combinations together. And love Arnie's choice daylily..going on my wish the Blue Paradise tall garden phlox with Becky shastas and I think you added Mary Tood Daylily in there too.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Betty,

I bought plants of Kim's Knee High from Great Garden Plants. That is Eileen Clymer near the Becky's in the Island garden.