When October Goes

I have such mixed feelings about October. When October goes, it can only mean one thing—snow. 

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The daylilies are gone, and it is the rare daylily to bloom in October.  The Stellas don’t count, they are just about always in bloom until we get hit with a killing frost.  Which makes me wonder, why can’t we get that trait in other daylilies.  Then again, would the fabulous blooms of other daylilies be so fabulous if they were more common place?  The stellas are yellow and start the season, and finish the season with that same yellow.  Many daylilies are labeled as rebloomers, but the truth is, here in northeast Ohio, they do not rebloom.  I typically have a few that rebloom, but it is a real toss up as to which ones will rebloom.  Every year, a different daylily decides to rebloom, and it is most often not the ones that come with the claim to rebloom.  You will get more reliable reblooming further south, and I do mean much further south.  This year Clothed in Glory rebloomed for me, and it has never done that before, and it is not listed as a rebloomer. I am thankful that it rebloomed, and it isn’t yellow.
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I did have one lone daylily blooming away in October. It just kept sending up flower scapes all season long with it’s FFO on July 17th. ( FFO  = First Flower Out)  Baby Moon Café. Isn’t it cute? I have Baby Moon Café  in the field across the street, which is my overflow bed!
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However, and most fortunately, October is the beginning for some gardening activity.  The planting of spring bulbs.  The one fall activity that I do so look forward to.   Last fall I did not do a major planting, only potted up a few for forcing.  This year I placed a large order.  I planned out this order last spring, as the gardens were filled with daffodils, and other spring bloomers.   I carefully marked areas that needed a bloom with golf tees.
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The bulbs arrived from my favorite seller Van Engelen , their website is on my sidebar, and I highly recommend them. The UPS driver was very concerned with all the ‘work’ he was delivering!  I see planting bulbs as therapy, not work at all.
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The bulbs were large and healthy. Here is a double nosed daffodil bulb. There is Bowie in the background, overseeing the bulb planting.
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I ordered a bicolor, Classic Garden, a double pink, Candy Princess, a trumpet pink, Chromacolor, and a nice yellow/ white small trumpet, Pipit.   This order also included a mixture of Muscari , a few Asiatic and Oriental Lillies, and a few bulbs of Crown Imperial.   The Crown Imperials are impressive spring blooms, but they do stink.  If planting these, and I do recommend them , plant away from any sitting areas!  The plus side of the stink is that they will deter those pesky squirrels and chipmunks.  I have several planted among the tulips and I know it is why these tulips have not been disturbed over the years.
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The other word of caution for the Crown Imperial, which is in the fritillaria family, is that the bulb is different from most spring bulbs, in that it has a hollowed out center as you can see from the picture.
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Because of this unique characteristic of the bulb, it needs to be planted sideways in the ground. This way water will not settle in the center and rot the bulb.   All other spring bulbs are planted with the root plate on the bottom and the pointed end up.

Well, October is quickly passing and the bulbs are planted, and there is snow in the forecast for the last day of October. I am closing up the garden, putting most of the hardscape away.  This is probably not totally necessary, but I know the items will last longer, and I have the room to store them.
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I haven’t been on my blog much at all this past year, the time spins by so quickly, with computer issues, and life becoming busy, I just never got around to sitting down at the computer.  I have much more gardening to share, as the summer was very busy with special garden visitors.  I do have one last bloom to share, and this is my most precious bloom of all!   A new (and first) grandson!  What a joy and a true blessing.
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Happy Fall Gardening

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Fifty Shades of Daylilies

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The color palette for daylilies is astounding, so much so that it could make you dizzy. I have one flower bed devoted to just the shades of pink. I believe that the number of registered daylilies is now well over 80,000. Just imagine that!! So many daylilies to choose from. So we really don’t have 50 shades, but more like thousands of shades. I’ll start with those in the yellow hues.
Sunday Morning, a brilliant yellow with a blazing green throat.
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Panther Eyes, a soft yellow with that dark eye. Stands out.
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Russian Easter, a soft yellow with a softer mauve eye. Like this one a lot.
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Cat Scratch Fever, a nice yellow with a blue/purple eye and edge. Then a close up of Optical Art, with that great pattern, and a ladybug.
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Now to a darker shade, orange. Citrix, a wonderful bloomer, with lots of buds.
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Tigerling, another heavy bloomer. This is an ‘older’ daylily.
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Not sure what color this may be, but appears to be a shade of orange. Tennessee Afterglow.
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Getting further away from orange, maybe closer to yellow, with Little Rainbow, another oldie but goodie. Thanks for this one Pat!
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Tiger Eye, a nice combination of two shades.
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A wonderful blending of red shades, with Joan Derifield.
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A lavender shade with Time to Fly. Showing a poly form.
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Dizzy yet? Let’s pause for a relaxing view of many shades.
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A softer shade of pink / lavender with Paper Butterfly. An early bloomer with high bud count.

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Storm Damage, another shade of pink / lavender

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Pebble in a Pond, great shade with a wonderful complex pattern in the eye.
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Lets go to a lighter shade with Border Music, with a clear white and dark eye and edge. The pinkish shade daylily in the background is Pitter Patter.
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Blue Eyed Butterfly
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A soft lavender shade in Magnificent Rainbow.
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Not sure what shade this is, Waxwing Watercolor, listed as a pale creamy orange, with a pale blue purple center and edge. I don’t know what shade it is, I just know that I really like it.
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A few more shades, perhaps this should go with the oranges, Web of Intrigue, super early blooms. One of my first ones to show up in June.
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Just Fabulous, and it is just that! I love the darker eye area.
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And when you think you have seen all fifty shades of daylilies, there are those daylilies that are just plain brown. Milk Chocolate.
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A big pink shade in Big Kiss
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I’ll end this post of daylilies with a pleasant grouping of shades that are in Sink Into Your Eyes.
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This could go on forever. I do believe that I have never seen this shade of green in a daylily, but I’m sure someone will someday have a seedling with this shade. This coneflower is Echinacea Green Jewel.

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Spring is just a mere eleven weeks away :) even though right now it seems to be fifty weeks away :(
Just a FYI, I didn’t read the book. The last good fiction I read was Cloud Atlas. Lately I have been reading nonfiction. The latest thought provoking nonfiction that I have read: Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon.
Stay warm, the frigid temperatures make for good reading, just not outside.
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Looking for a New Year

Just didn’t order the massive amounts of bulbs that I generally plant in the fall. But I needed my fix so I went to the big box store in October and purchased a bag of hyacinths and a bag of Ice Follies daffodils. I decided to force them and they are in the little dorm sized refrigerator that is reserved for just the bulbs. I know from experience that I need to be patient and leave them alone in the frig for at least 12 weeks. I check only once a week for water levels and growth. Things are happening. All containers have visible roots, and a few have the signs of new top growth.
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I will be looking for fragrant blooms mid February in the new year.
On one of the last days of the year, the temps rose to the lower 50′s, so Bowie and I did some gardening, looking for a new year!
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Everything looks good. Just a few labels needed to be pushed in, and a few sticks were to be picked up. We pulled a few weeds. I was surprised to see so much green and it reminded me of a new year.
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Made a list of things to do in the spring. I had covered the new climbing rose with burlap that is secured around a tomato cage. We have had several days of high winds, but it has held very well.
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Those perennials that promise winter interest have held up under the heavy snow.

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We found an interesting growth of lichen on an old tree stump. I generally place a pot here, but this is kinda cool looking.
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Also used a tree stump to plant a few succulents. They also are looking good for the new year
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And of course the daffodils are sticking up their heads looking for the new year. This happens every year. If your daffodils are showing growth, nothing to worry about. I used to go out and cover them with potting soil or shredded leaves, but found it didn’t matter much. So I leave them alone to do their thing.
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It was a nice day to pull a few weeds and take a stroll through the gardens. Then that pesky snow returned.
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Bowie and I found a few signs of the new year. Now to go inside and plan for spring!! Happy New Year and I hope you all find signs of a good year to come.
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Late to the Party

>I should say, so very late to the party!! I just haven’t posted at all lately, life has been so very busy. I started to organize my thousands of pictures from this past gardening season, and I thought I should post a few of the late blooming daylilies that were enjoyed at the end of the season.
One of the many wonderful things about daylilies it that the different hybrids have different bloom times. Starting with the very earlys and ending with the very lates. This way the daylilies, at least in my part of the gardening world, can be enjoyed from June through September. This is Pumpkin Kid and it is actually a mid blooming daylily; however, it sent up rebloom scapes in the summer, something it has never done before, so I continued to enjoy this bloom until the frost did it in. This is the first of the reblooming version.

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Here is the rebloom of Pumpkin Kid posing along with the fall mums, and yes, it does look like a different daylily. Daylilies can take on slightly different faces depending upon the temperature, humidity, amount of rainfall, and soil conditions. It seems to me that it is the factor of temperature that changes the face of the daylily most often. Pumpkin Kid was more pinkish than orange as it bloomed in the much cooler fall temperatures.
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I actually have few late blooming daylilies, and am always on the look out for them. It seems that the very lates tend to be generally yellow or pink, as in Suntemple Spirit, a very late bloomer.
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And Orchid Corsage a nice pink unusual form daylily. This one is one of the last ones to start blooming, and it is listed as a midlate.
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I find it funny, how we gardeners are so excited to see the ordinary colors of yellow or pink, in a daylily when they bloom late. It does seem that most of the very early and the very late tend to be in the more common colors. You just see a lot of yellow early on and later on.
A really pretty daylily that blooms late for me and is listed as a mid late, is The Holo Deck.
It is a great growing Hanson daylily. It seems a lot of the late daylilies that I grow happen to be Hansons.

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Waves Become Wings, a very late blooming older Hanson, blooms late in a sea of daylily foliage.
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Yet another daylily that is late to the party, From My Lips. This one is listed as early mid, yet it has always bloomed later for me. It has been in my garden for several years now, and tends to start to bloom late in July. Don’t know why that is.

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Carnival in Brazil always comes late to the party and it is listed as a mid season bloomer.

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Frans Hals, is a very old daylily, registered in 1955!! I have three groupings of it in one garden bed, just because it is so nice and so late. I found this daylily growing in my yard when I first moved into my house some 35 years ago!! Glad I kept it.
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A brilliant late comer is Enola Gay, can’t describe this color, and pictures don’t describe it well either. It is listed as late and comes late. I have it planted right by my deck, so I can enjoy it. Here it is showing off in a poly form. Enola Gay is another Hanson daylily.

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Another late arrival is Ashwood Inferno, listed as mid late, and it did bloom late for me. It is also a new arrival, this past season was it’s first season in my garden. It was sent as a bonus plant from Richard Norris at Ashwood Garden.
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A consistently late daylily is Chicago Apache, a real beacon in the garden.
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This is a lovely late bloomer, not real sure of the name, I think it is Lake Effect. sorry about that. I should have organized my pictures much sooner, I am late doing that too.
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Then the snow came early!!
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Bowie is doing well. He has a warm winter shelter in my garden room, with his own cat door, so he can come and go as he pleases.
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One more late comer to the party is Baby Moon Cafe, it is listed as an early mid season bloomer. This is one that I planted this past spring in the field across the street. Since it is new this season, it could be confused on blooming time, but it was nice to have it come to the party late.
It takes a few seasons before newly planted daylilies adjust.
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Happy New Year and wishes for a good gardening season to come.

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Oops, I did it again!

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Here is Curt, tending to the daylilies. He is always generous with his daylilies and has amazing seedlings growing. I added many more to my wish list.
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Just a few of Curt’s wonderous daylilies that I added to my wish list

One for Steve.

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No Man’s Land
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The ones that came home with me:Sins of Omissions, Unfolding Paradox, and Freudian Slip

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I can justify each one!! I had tried to get Unfolding Paradox for years, but every time I went to Curt’s gardens, he had the thing tagged up due to making crosses with it, so it was not for sale.
Well, Freudian Slip was needed for the name, and Sins of Omission, a very nice smokey purple with an orchid watermark!!!
Besides, Bowie approved of each new addition, and helped me pick out prime spots! I had to do some rearranging, and one older daylily was moved across the street to the field so everyone was planted.
I see a lot of grass in this picture. It is the largest area of grass that I have, but unfortunately there are huge tree roots under this area. I know, I have tried to dig it!

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Take a look at Curt Hanson’s daylilies, I have a link on my sidebar. And for anyone who has the good fortune to be able to visit in person, you will recognize this garden art!
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Happy Gardening, and Happy End of July!!

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Persuadable Purple

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There are so many purple daylilies and there seems to be more purple tones in my garden when it comes to the daylilies. When I say purple, I do mean all the variations, such as lavender, mauve, violet, magenta, plum, orchid, everything from the reddest blues to the bluest reds!
Purple is neither a hot nor cold color, but when used with warm colors, it seems a cooler color and the opposite seems true, that when used with cool colors it warms things up. It is so versatile, perhaps that is why I am drawn to it. It is why I am easily persuaded to bring home a purple or lavender daylily when I already have so many. Or could it be that it is just a persistent daylily color. :)
I went into a purple frenzy several years ago when I purchased Lexington Lace.
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Palace Garden Beauty, good name, as purple is often associated with royalty.
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Black Fathom Depths, a great garden plant. I have this one in the garden and in a large pot.
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Other great purples, Siloam Artwork, like all the Siloams this is a smaller bloom.
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Sassy Sam,
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Celestial Shore
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Sinister Minister, getting into the red side of purple with this one, but it is a beauty despite the name.
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Satin Bird, like it well enough, but it doesn’t show up every year.
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Precious Candy
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Lake Effect, really pretty and a late bloomer for me.
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Wayne’s World, a Curt Hanson daylily,just acquired last year, and the fans have already doubled. It was one of those daylilies that got stuck in my brain, if you know what I mean.
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Other Hanson daylilies with that lavender look, First Officer’s Log
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Shadow Cabinet, really tall and just wonderful
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I have many older ones with that great color. Grand Palais, has been in my garden a very long time, and it will always stay.
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Another classic daylily is Strutter’s Ball
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I am planning a road trip this week to Curt Hanson’s place and my sister in law needs to keep an eye on me so that I do not sneak away with yet another lavender daylily. I need to sit for awhile and contemplate which daylilies I will bring home, as I only have two spots remaining in the garden.
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I made a list, but that list will go out the window, when I view the fields of wonderful daylilies.
Happy Gardening, and add some purple to your garden!

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Time for the Daylilies

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It is time for the daylilies. They have been happily blooming since mid June, and this summer has proved to be very good for the daylilies. I have had a passing thought that perhaps I have too many, is that possible? There are so many to choose from, with well over 60,000 named dayliles, and hundreds being added each year. Currently I have 476 daylilies, and trust me that is just a mere drop in the bucket. Speaking of buckets, here are a few of the five gallon buckets containing the blooms after I had pinched them off in the evening. Normally, I would deadhead in the morning, but I do like to do the live heading late in the evening, especially when I expect to have garden visitors the next morning. At first it was a little unnerving to do the live heading, even with knowing that the bloom would be gone the next morning anyway. I ended up with 6 buckets filled with blooms.

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I have so many favorites and each day that favorite lists changes. It is what I like about the daylilies, every day is a new look in the garden with many favorites blooming. Here are just a few of my mere 476!
This is Bluegrass Music, a win from the auction. It did bloom ahead of schedule, due to spending some time in Florida before being shipped to me.
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Sunday Sandals.
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Special Candy, has been blooming for a long time and is still sending up scapes.
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Those all kinda look the same, don’t they? Let me show you something different. This is Reflections in Time, with a patterned eye. I do like the daylilies with the more complex patterns in the eyezone.
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Aztec Headdress, an older daylily with that pattern look.
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Extravagant, it didn’t bloom last summer, but is making up for it now. The first few blooms were so ugly, but it came around and was worth the wait.
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Prickled Petals, a later blooming daylily, it just started blooming last week, and has tons of buds.
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Another one, Borg Technology, you can tell it is a Hanson Daylily by the name!
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A grouping of Time To Fly.
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Navajo Princess, with the interesting eye.
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There are so many super nice pink daylilies, that I have one bed devoted to just the pinks.
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Another garden view.
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The Coffee Bench!
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A switch of colors with Dragon Knife, this one is also still sending up scapes.
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An all time favorite of mine, Fashion Police.
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Cat Scratch Fever, a shorter daylily that is great for the front of the bed.
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Yet another favorite, Subtle Knife. A really good garden plant, tall, with great branching and loaded with buds. The blooms are good in heat and in rain!!
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This post could go on forever, but I will end with an amazing daylily, Pigment of Imagination.
Can’t describe it, and pictures don’t tell the entire story. It actually changes color during the day, with bands of gray, ( yes gray) and yellow spreading across the bloom. Saw it for the first time during the National Daylily Convention in Columbus, and had to have it. It is doing it’s thing in my garden and I can’t take my eyes off of it!!
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Bowie approves too!!
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I need to organize my pictures better, maybe it will rain and I will be able to do that.
Happy Gardening.

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