Showing posts with label Gardening. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gardening. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other. Chinese Proverb

Chicago Ruby is one of the best, truest reds you can find.

Coral Cay

Lilac Lady

Newberry Festival

Virginia Henson is so tiny and perky, and the red looks like a lipstick kiss.

Million to One is a very delicate ivory with a pale blush. Just beautiful.

Janice Brown makes nice clumps of little blossoms.

Calgary Stampede, for my Canadian friends, is a huge, sturdy one.

These last two are orential hybrid lilies.


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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Daylily Peak is Coming

Continuing my passion for daylilies, here are a few more to show you. These flowers just on't get any easier to grow, and you have new blooms everyday.

Beautiful Edgings
 I have different daylilies staggered  to get early, mid and late season bloom, so I have about a month of bloom from them.

Final Touch
                                                                      NOID seedling
They just bloom their little hearts out.
MoKan Butterfly

Strutter's Ball
Key to My Heart
Ruffles on daylilies are my favorite feature.

Awash With Color

Mary Todd
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Monday, June 27, 2011

 Summer Flowers

I worked in the yard off and on all weekend. Bushes are starting to be on 50% off here, so I ran around to different places to find some. I had a privacy fence put in about 2 years ago, and some of my huge bushes had to come out. It has taken me a while to build the landscaping back up. The snowball bush had been about 8 foot tall by 8 foot wide. It had to be cut to the ground when the fence was installed. It sure didn't take it long to bounce back.

I planted four hydrangeas. I have only had one hydrangea, and it hasn't done well. I am thinking it is not enough water. I have plenty of shade for them.  So after all the bushes were planted, I secured a soaker hose in the line of bushes and covered it with mulch. Any tips on hydrangeas?

I know the Annabelle hydrangea grows well here, but I couldn't find any.
I also picked up a Viburnum Summer Snowflake. I have had good luck with viburnums in shade.

Here's what's blooming today, mostly daylilies.

This is Flutterbye

Chicago Flapper

Little Business is only about 3 inches across.

South Seas really are this iridescent coral.

Daylilies, cone flowers, and Asiatic lilies.

Don't these look like a flock of geese? I call them goose heads, but they are really loosestrife. They make me smile.
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Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Triumphator

The word Triumph means: 1.a significant success or noteworthy achievement; instance or occasion of victory. 2. exultation resulting from victory; joy over success.

SO I guess naming this oriental lily TRIUMPHATOR is pretty accurate.

These lilies really have light, sweet fragrance, too.

They start out trumpet shaped and then open up almost flat and the color lightens up.

They grow about 4.5 feet tall on very sturdy stems. I took this pic the morning after a thunderstorm with wind.

They are as big or bigger than my hand.

This one had a little pink freckle on the right. Isn't nature fun?
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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Porch Tablescape

A new tablecloth made from a drop cloth and a new topper made by Mom leads to a tablescape with garage sale finds! So I am joining Marty at

This is the corner of my screened porch. As you can see in the distance, I have a picnic table if we want to host more guests, and room on the porch for a card table also.

The grape leaf plates were a garage sale find.

 I think I will wash the denim napkins without hemming, so they have that summer cut-offs look.

Just a small simple centerpiece since the table is small. A maidenhair fern sits nicely on a little blue and white garage sale plate.

Green goblets were also a garage sale find.

See the rest of the porch as I join Kim for

Sunday, June 12, 2011

My Gardening Buddies

When I walk through the yard to look at things, this is who is always there, and this is the end I generally see!

This is Oscar, the 11 year old wienie dog in the Bishop's Weed. He is always looking for chipmunks, finding lots, catching none. The Bishop's Weed is on the north side of the house, so it self-contains.

And here is Roxy, also looking for chipmunks in the hosta bed.

Here are the sisters, Roxy and Tilly together on the hunt.

The hosta bed is looking good, we have had plenty of rain.
The lilies are blooming nicely.

Lots of buds today on these pink Asiatics.

The first of the daylilies are out, an old, old one called Siloam Double Classic and below is a  NO ID one in purple.

These purple perennials are doing great, this is their third year. Are you familiar with the little perennial saying?

First year-sleeps
Second year-creeps
Third year-leaps

It really is true. Does anyone know the name of these? Someone gave them to me and I don't know. Here is a close-up. The flowers are about the size of a ping pong ball. 

Thanks for looking, summer is exciting with lots more flowers to bloom. 

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