Entering Spring -2015

Sunday, July 12, 2015

ABC Wednesday - Zing!!


Ligularia 'The Rocket'



Ligularia 'Bottle Rocket'


Positive Heart Palpitations!  :-)

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

ABC Wednesday - Y is for my Yen (for daylilies)

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I admit it.  I have a YEN for daylilies.  I may not have the ideal settings for them all, but they perform, nonetheless.  The varieties below receive the longest, most intense sunlight here.  At least 6 to 8 hours per day.  And that is considered a day's worth of sunlight.

Daylilies are aptly named, as each flower lasts only as long as the sunshine on the day it blooms.  But don't let that information discourage you from enjoying these plants.  As you might notice, the older the plant, the more flower scapes it sends up with multiple buds!

I enjoy the practice of "deadheading" in the early mornings... whenever possible.  I gather together the supplies (a clipper, gloves, and a large bucket) and break or cut the spent blossoms.  I also cut the flower stems back, nearly to the ground, when they no longer hold buds.  My reasoning is this, even though I know most hybrids do not make seeds, however I can save the plant energy by sparing it's making seeds or feeding a green stem, I do it.  Hopefully this practice energizes the plant.

It also doesn't hurt that it makes the plants look tidier.  :-)

Also, while I'm out in the gardens, pulling a weed here and there, is also enjoyable.  Listening to the birds' songs, and visiting with the gardens is terribly enjoyable.  I even like to call the by name, if I can!!  (These are "true confessions!"  Don't worry.  I'm fine!)  lol

The information I'm including about many of the daylilies comes from a site entitled  http://www.daytonnursery.com/Encyclopedia/Perennials/Hemerocallis.htm

So.  Let me introduce you to some of my "friends!"

'Ruby Spider' greets you, next to the driveway.

 'Pumpkin Festival' is a daylily I began from a big box store's bagged, bare-root offering
2 years ago.

 'Rosy Returns' is next.
With 4", fragrant, rose-pink blend with a deep rose eyezone and yellow throat.  The first hardy rose pink everblooming daylily.  Blooms consistantly from June to frost in Michigan; each 

Behind 'Rosy Returns' is a "Stella look-alike," except this this fellow is a little taller,
and blooms a little later (Stella finished blooming a couple of weeks  or more ago.)

The "apricot" blossoms below are unnamed. They are quite small, for the size of the plant. They are a plant I shared with my parents Many years ago!  (Probably a good 15+ or so.)

'Bubbly' also has very small flowers.  They are a double and a bit more"peach" in color.

 'Stella Supreme' is one of my favorites.  It's a light yellow and blooms and reblooms!
'My Melinda' is a pretty girl.

'Happy Returns' is a little more yellow/golden than 'Stella Supreme,' but it also is a bloomer and rebloomer!!  :-)
3 inch ruffled, canary yellow blossoms.  Repeat bloomer. 

YES.  I cannot help it.  If they maintain a growth pattern at all, and they bloom, I am happy.  The next daylilies are located on the front of the house, but in the shady spot.

This truly is an "unnamed."  It was developed by a Mr. Hobbs, a hybridizer,
but he did not deem it worthy to name.

 Meet 'Ed Brown.'  He likes to show off a bit! (And I encourage him!) ;-)

'Yellow Mammoth'

Siloam 'Double Classic' is also a sweet, sweet gal!
A multiple award winner with fragrant, double pink flowers.  They are true works of art!
Extended bloom time. 

YET, in other parts of the front yard, such as under the Sunburst Honey Locust tree,

'Peach Halo'

 and in the Sunny Corner Bed, reside a few other daylilies.
 (This was a already a resident when we moved to this house 12 years ago.  I don't know it's name, but I really do like it!)

It is probably 'Stella d'Oro.'  It is not now blooming, of course. It will probably be blooming later.
Prolific ruffled golden flowers have a green throat.  One of the earliest to bloom and re-blooms until frost.

 A friend (named Joan) gave it to me!  It's a large flower on a tall scape.
It is really 'Frans Hals' but I've nicknamed it "Joan."  :-)
A striking flower with alternating yellow and yellow-striped red petals.

 Another "Hobbs unnamed."

H Fulva 'Kwanzo' is a (beautiful) hybrid variety of the common "ditch lily."
It's a little aggressive, so he has to be watched!  :-)

'Pardon Me' is a shorter daylily that blooms and blooms!
3.5" red petals with a yellow throat.  A very popular, fast growing, prolific Daylily.

'Hyperion' is located on the north side of our driveway.  A little shady, but does well.
Clumps of grassy foliage, with upright stems of trumpet flowers. This classic selection has large, fragrant lemon-yellow flowers. Repeat blooming. Midseason. Plants do not usually require dividing for several years, but are easily split apart in fall or early spring. Spent flower stems can be trimmed back after flowers are finished. Remove old foliage in late fall. An older selection, but still an outstanding garden performer. Award winning. (this information from http://www.perennials.com/plants/hemerocallis-hyperion.html)

I YEARN for the blossoms to open, and they do.  :-)  Even in the backyard, where the most sunny spots have morning sun for a few hours.

Siloam 'Peony Display'

'Strawberry Candy'
Flowers are a creamy strawberry color with striking strawberry-rose eye zones and yellow throats.  Heavily ribboned petals.

'Lime Frost' (Reading the info below, it is funny because mine is blooming now! 
Perhaps it will rebloom?)
6", fragrant, diamond dusted, white blossoms with a soft green infusion throughout the tepals and a pale yellow-green halo.  Slightly ruffled tepals; sepals are recurved.  Valued for its very late bloom time at the end of summer when many other perennials are finished for the season.

'Summer Wine'

(Same no-name as Sunny Corner Bed)

 'Custard Candy'

'Purple d'Oro'  (pardon the lens cover and strap!)

'Madonna' always reminds me of the mother of one of my former second graders.

 'Total Look' was a gift from former blogger, "Iowa Boy" of Iowa City.

'Final Touch' is a daylily I began from one of those early-Spring big box store bags.  I have this daylily in two places.

This was supposed to be a pale pink daylily.  It was bare-root when I got it (again, from a big box store).  However, it turned out to be a pale peach.  Lovely, yes.  But not what I was seeking at that time.  It remains unnamed.

All the daylilies have bloomed or are blooming!  Yea!!  and Yippee!!

 Perhaps I have left you wondering what I do with that bucket of stems, spent blossoms, etc.  Anything without viable seeds goes into my compost pile.  In that way, "recycling" happens!

Have a Super Beautiful, Enjoyable Day!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

ABC Wednesday - W is for Wow! and Wildflower Wednesday

ABC Wednesday?  The word is WOW!  :-)  (I took the photo, all by myself! lol)

Wildflower Wednesday is a nod to Gail of Clay and Limestone.  This meme takes place on the 4th Wednesday of the month.  Yep, I'm a little early, but I wanted to share my Pollinator on Salvia 'May Night!'  :-)

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

ABC Wednesday - R is for Red

or Rojo (Spanish), Rouge (French), Rot (German), Rood (Dutch), Rosso (Italian).

Here we have the (Red) Summer Tanager.
He was successful at getting suet from the feeder.  It was and interesting venture, though, and fun to watch!  :-)  This photo was taken May 9, 2015.

While this photo was taken almost one year earlier to the date! 

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

"My Little Orphant Annie"

First of all, Apologies to James Whitcomb Riley fans!

My Little Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay,
Not to wash the cups and saucers up or brush the crumbs away,
But to push the blues and doldrums out and chase them all away!

An' all us folks that live here will surely be so glad
to watch the growth of this little gal; and slowly's not so bad...

 Acer palmatum var. Dissectum Red Select 

The readings I have found tells me the average height is 6 feet and width of 8 feet,
however due to its slow growth, it is not expected to be over 3-4 feet tall and 6-8 feet wide
after ten years' growth.

I have a friend with a tree that is very mature... and just as beautiful as can be.
I've admired it for a few years.
Yes!  I found this at an unbelievably low cost at a local discount store (!).  
There was only one and I found it!!  :-)

 We just received .8" of rain.

 I really don't know where I might permanently locate this youngster, so for the time being it is in a pot.  :-)

Happy Spring!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

ABC Wednesday - M is for my Aunt MEA


My Aunt MEA is a wonderful lady.

My dad used to tell us, when we were growing up, "Every little girl grows up to be a woman, but not every one grows up to be a Lady.  And every little boy grows up to be a man, but not every one grows up to be a gentleman."  There's a distinction.

Aunt MEA is a lady.  
The fact that she's way into her 90's,
and has gardened ever since I have known her...
which is my entire life...

You must understand that her gardening accomplishments have been my inspiration 
since I was very young.

The following photos were taken in August of 2013.
I know I took photos last summer, but I couldn't find them tonight!

 Tomatoes, potatos, peppers, beans, peas, etc., etc., etc.

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Happy Spring!!  SG