Friday, June 29, 2012

Heat Lovers

We need really tough plants now!  I guess we could have seen this coming with the past few summers hotter than hot, revamping garden beds, rethinking containers plants, looking for xeric perennials that can withstand this type of climate.

Mary Todd daylilies can certainly take the heat but all daylilies need to be watered to thrive.

Ice Carnival Daylily thrives at the end of the vegetable garden, almost removed them this year, but they have performed better than ever.

The heat many times causes yellow leaves on the dayliles, just pull them off as you see them, will not harm the plant.

Blue Paradise Phlox
Phlox can take the heat but need to be watered (see hose ready in background)

Laura Phlox

Becky Shasta Daisy
Loves the heat as long as you cut off spent blooms and water if wilted

Echinacea Kim's Knee High Red and Mango Meadowbrite

During the winter I received a media order sheet from Renee's Seeds.  I ordered lots of goodies from Renee and am growing them in my garden.

The veggie garden is lush this year with Big Daddy tomatoes (supposedly an improvement on Better Boy) and Celebrity determinate tomatoes on the end.  The lettuce is Stardom Mix from Renee's Seeds.

This is an Oak Leaf lettuce that I planted with a mix, lasts even through the hot weather and remains tender.

Vanilla Berry Nasturtium

Cup Of Sun Nasturtium

Profumo di Genova Basil

Peppers love the heat, I have Mariachi hot ones, Sweet Banana and Jalepeno

We all know that you don't plant cucumbers until it heats up!  This one is Fanfare and is super disease resistant.

Some of the more delicate perennials even like the heat like Blue Sunshine Geranium that weaves through the other plantings without overpowering them.

Rozanne Geranium on the right weaves throughout the garden with abandon.

Don't be afraid to trim Rozanne back to keep it within bounds.  Do not shear it to the ground or you may wait forever to get new blooms.

Orienpet Lily Altari

I thought the lilies would wilt in this extreme heat but no they stand tall.  However, the darker colors will fade out in the heat.  It is not the sun but the intense heat which causes this fading.

Orienpet Lily Boogie Woogie

The above two Orienpet Lilies are shorter than many of the others.  This is something to think about when planting lilies as many of the taller varieties require staking.

Orienpet Lily Lavon is one of my favorites but it does grow close to six feet tall.  So far, it is free standing without support.

After 100 degree heat yesterday we had severe thunderstorms today but the lilies came through it still standing.

Boxwoods do not require a lot of water but I did give them some extra today.  Many plants can take the heat but cannot be without water.

I am getting ready for the Fourth of July, making some pulled pork, going to the village parade and the wonderful craft fair.

My containers are pretty simple this year, cordyline, redhead coleus and silver falls dicondra.  Oh, the sparklers are dried Allium Schubertii.

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?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hot Stuff!

We headed into Chicago to a unique glass blowing warehouse which is a workshop for several local artisans.

The furnaces are all lined up against at least a 100 foot wall, hotter than hot above 2,000 degrees and even the fans do not dissipate the heat.

There are cylinders of propane, extinguishers and fire everywhere.  I wasn't brave enough to sit up in front like this lady.

Pearl Dick is one of the artisans and she does glass heads, a long arduous process requiring great expertise.

The head goes in and out of the furnace over and over, features formed, color washes, silica, etc.

The artisans are from all over the United States, many from Seattle which has a big glass blowing community.

Fireproof cloths are used to shape the glass while it is red hot.

Some of the glass is more whimsical but still beautiful and intricate.

This is not a museum, it is in a fringe neighborhood, warehouse atmosphere glass on the streets instead of grass, torn down buildings and not much nicer inside.  It is not pristine, hot, but the space is reasonable and an artist goes where they can work.

After lunch we headed out to the Echt Gallery in a much more gentrified area.

Pearl Dick is featured at this gallery with a grouping of very little heads.  Someone in our group wanted to purchase them, not sure if this deal went through.

This is a grouping of her heads back at the warehouse, much larger than at the gallery.

The Echt Gallery is a small boutique gallery featuring some beautiful glass work and sculptures.

I had a difficult time realizing that these were artwork with the boxes to go with them!

Blown glass in metal hull

There really was some more recognizable artwork here also.

Chilluli Glass Cylinders


Chilluli Painting