Daylily Parade

Daylily Collage

Here’s a peek at the daylilies that were blooming in my gardens today. You’ll also see, on the bottom left, the fuzzy little rump of a medium-sized bumblebee that buried itself in a golden-colored bloom just as I snapped the shot. And on the bottom petal of the lavendar and white daylily, if you look carefully you’ll find a tiny little native bee.

What you can’t see: two baby bunnies and a baby chipmunk that were hiding under the foliage. I tried my best to get photos of them, but boy, are they fast-moving little critters! So: close your eyes, look carefully past the flowers and down deep underneath the leaves and… there! There they are!

Adorable, aren’t they?

Friday Flower – Rose Lyric

I’m ready for some more flowers!

Clump of gorgeous Rose Lyric Daylilies.

These lovely daylilies are a variety named “Rose Lyric.” I bought this plant on a whim when ordering from one of my favorite daylily farms, Bloomingfields Farm. Most nurseries don’t offer this particular plant, and I don’t understand why as it is a stellar daylily.

With blooms of rich red that don’t fade, and deep golden-colored throats on each flower, it makes a glorious display. I especially like that each clump produces scads of blooms, not just one or two, and it blooms for weeks instead of just a few days.

Rose Lyric Daylily Bloom.

To my surprise, this daylily blooms prolifically in heavy clay soil while only getting morning sunlight. It even has richer colored blooms under those conditions than it did when I had it planted in “nice” soil and getting uninterrupted daylight.

The bunnies love this daylily, too – but not to eat! They hide under its nice thick clump of leaves.

Friday Flower – Brrr!

I don’t know about you, Oh Best Beloved, but I need a nice warm-looking flower photo today.

It was 15 degrees below zero here last night.

-15F.

That’s cold enough to freeze the whiskers off a bunny, especially as the wind chill was at -28F.

Purple coneflower and red daylily.

This purple coneflower (botanical name: Echinacea purpurea) is from a clump I started from seed a little over twenty years ago. The red daylily (variety unknown) next to it was a little bitty rather pitiful-looking root I got free through a mail-order nursery at the same time. Both have thrived and multipled, yielding a large clump of each that happily grow together at the side of our house. The goldfinches love the seed heads that the coneflower form, and use them as a food source from autumn through spring.

Ya gotta love plants like these – beautiful and virtually maintenance-free.

Oh – and the bunnies don’t like them.

All together now: awwwwwwwww, poor bunnies!

Garden Walk – Day 4

Our drought broke over this weekend and it’s still raining, so you might want to carry an umbrella with you today as we splash our way through the next set of flowers!

Black Eyed Susans

One of my favorite flowers that opens in late summer here is the Rudbeckia Goldsturm, or Black-eyed Susan. The blooms stay open for weeks, and they’re virtually carefree, which makes them even more loveable!

Wine Delight Daylily

We’re getting a second round of blooming from a daylily that is new to my yard this year, the richly colored Wine Delight. I have over twenty different varieties of daylilies, in colors that range from white to palest pink ice, lemon yellow, orange, deep gold, salmon, a number of different shades of red, maroon, and even some shades of lavendar. Because different daylily cultivars bloom at different times, we have a continuous show of daylily blooms from early spring through autumn.

Yellow Candy Cane Zinnia

The zinnias are continuing to put on a show, from this speckled Candy Cane Zinna to

State Fair Zinnia

this lovely pale yellow State Fair Zinna. New blooms are opening daily, in pinks, whites, reds and purples, making delightful splashes of color.

Yellow Portulaca

Portulaca, or moss roses, fell out of favor decades ago in gardening circles, but I usually grow a container or two of them every year.

Moss roses

Moss roses are unabashedly wild in both their colors and foliage, and definitely not for a gardener who wants neat, trim, orderly plants! My grandfather grew an enormous border of moss roses alongside his driveway, and they always remind me of him.

Pink rugosa rose

In addition to my climbing rose bush, I also have an entire hedge we’ve grown of Rugosa roses. These aren’t named hybrid rugosas – they are the original native rugosas – and mine flower in shades of pink and white. The bunnies love to eat the young canes these roses send out, even though the canes are covered with thousands of needle-sharp thorns. Go figure!

White rugosa rose

The rugosas bloom continously, from early summer through fall, and aren’t susceptible to the diseases that attack hybridized roses. Their fragrance is heavenly, and at times the hedge has literally hundreds of roses blooming at a time. Their foliage is quite unique, with beautiful crinkled leaves that open in palest shades of green and gradually darken.

Garden spider

I neglected, when talking about the garden critters, to mention that we have a thriving population of spiders throughout the yard. This gal has spun a web next to our back door, and I’ve come to greatly admire her markings, which are almost irridescent in the light.

There’s still more to come…

Garden Walk – Day 2

Have your wide-brimmed hat on and iced tea in hand? Yes? Then let’s continue touring…

Candy Cane Zinna

Candy Cane Zinnia: I don’t understand why gardeners call zinnias ‘common,’ and so few gardens include them. What’s common about this glorious bloom? It’s one of my favorites!

Red Runner Bean

Red Runner Bean: I’ve grown these on our fence for many years, harvesting the beans each autumn for planting the next spring. These are a nice plant for children to grow. The beans are huge and easy for a child to hold and plant, plus they grow quickly ala “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

Yarrow

Yarrow: These grow like weeds for me, which is a blessing and a curse. I love the foliage, but there’s something about the flower’s color that just screams “baby poop yellow” to me. If you don’t know what I mean, then you may not have changed enough diapers in your life to fully appreciate what I’m suggesting! To add insult to injury, I have yet to take a photograph of the flowers that I like – they reflect light in an odd fashion that somehow drives my camera buggy. Bah!

UPDATE: Oops. These aren’t yarrow. They’re tansy. Mea culpa! h/t to Katrina for correctly identifying them!

Black Knight Butterfly Bush

Black Knight Butterfly Bush: I’ve never grown butterfly bushes before this year, and I’m delighted with the flowers. We’re in a drought, so butterflies are scarce, but the blooms on these are just gorgeous. We’ll see if I can winter these over, as we’re a tad too cold for their tastes.

American Highbush Cranberry

American Highbush Cranberry: Some things I grow have it all: nice foliage, lovely flowers and wildlife-friendly fruit. The robins in particular love the berries on this bush, as do the chipmunks. And me? Heck, I even like this shrub’s name!

Frans Hal Daylily

Frans Hal Daylily I am a sucker for daylilies. The rabbits don’t eat them, they grow on their own with minimal fuss, you can yank them out and move them any time of the growing season, and they make more of themselves without any fussing or bother. Plus – they come in all sorts of colors and flowering periods, from early spring to late autumn. This is my kind of plant!

More again tomorrow… but before I forget…

Obligatory Bunny Photo

Obligatory Bunny Photo: look who volunteered to keep an eye on the yummy flower garden for me!