June is time for Daylilies

img_1533The daylilies have started, just a few are blooming, yet each day there are a few more.  Above is Stenciled Impression.

Some of my favorites are in bloom now.  Most of these are the FFO  ( First Flower Out )

Just Fabulous  ( and it is )

img_1407Black Fathom Depths


Meet Joe Black

img_1464There seems to be a pattern here.  I do favor the dark eyed daylilies for sure.

Francois Verhaert


A variety of daylilies do bloom early


The cat statue stands guard.  Hopefully it will keep the chipmunks and moles away!

img_1412A few more in bloom include   Ruby Spider  a rather large bloom.

img_1545A nice double daylily that surprised me this morning,  Spotted Fever.img_1534

There has been an abundance of rain lately.  The daylilies are loving it, while the iris seem to be suffering a bit.  Lots of rain and days of heat and high humidity seem to cause the iris to rot.   I have been digging them out and trying to plant them in ‘higher ground’  I had some bloom, although it wasn’t the best show.  My favorite Coffee Trader did well.


The patterned daylilies are intriguing to look at.  Through the Looking Glass.


A sudden downpour followed by brilliant sun, created this double rainbow.


Time to go.    Happy June Gardening.


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The Real April Fool

Well, that would be me!   I thought I might get in a few days of joyful gardening during spring break.  The daffodils are emerging among the new green of the daylilies.


My favorite hyacinths are showing their buds.


A lone white crocus in wonderful form.


So the next day I am ready with my to do list that I have carefully thought out.


Big surprise,  yes, there was snow in the overnight forecast, but no accumulation, only a dusting was to be.   The Easter bunnies even look  surprised.  There is a certain beauty about it.  I am thankful that the daffodils and tulips weren’t in bloom. The snow would have ruined the blooms.    So I am the April Fool.    Happy ( soon ) gardening.




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Looking Forward



In order to look forward, we need to look back first.  Spring is by far my favorite time of the gardening year.  Love the daffodils, tulips, and other spring blooming bulbs that magically appear with warmer days.  Although, it does take considerable looking forward to accomplish that spring beauty. 


I planted many more bulbs this past fall.  I had planted a few tulips the fall before and I loved the look in the spring.  I know that tulips can be rather fleeting,  in terms of the bloom time and just how long they last from year to year, but it was so worth the planning, that I added even more.


I just loved the pops of pink and lavender among the yellow and white of the daffodils.  This past fall I added hyacinth Pink Elephant, tulip Cumins, along with tulip Red Riding Hood.  I had groupings of the Red Riding Hood, it is a tulip that does bloom early and is a bit more perennial, but over time they were fading.  So more were added. They are a bright red that pop in the spring beds.

I have a few orange tulips that bloom every spring, yet I have never planted an orange tulip.  I will give credit to the local squirrel landscapers.  A major problem with planting tulips, is that the bulbs are very tasty to the squirrels.  So, I have to keep watch after I plant tulips.  Some do get moved, as the squirrels will  replant the tulip bulbs  in other areas.   I understand that squirrels have very poor memory , so they don’t always recall where they may have put their stash of bulbs.  Good thing, guess that is why we have so many oak trees.

I will place white golf tees in the spring garden to mark where I can add another bulb.

Then I get busy in the fall.  I also planted  a few hundred pink and lavender tulips that I ordered as collections that featured that shade of bloom.  I decided to do a lottery and just mix them in a bucket and then plant.  Can’t wait to see how it turns out.  It will surely be a winner.


Also looking forward to new Asiatic Lilies.  I planted several in the fall to refresh some of the lilies that were also fading.  I dug up the smaller older bulbs and planted them in the field across the street just to see what will happen.  Just can’t bring myself to throw away any bulb yet. I  had used orange golf tees to mark where to plant the new lilies.  So much to look forward to in the new year.  I also added more tall bearded iris.   Devil’s Riot and Coffee Trader.  I already have Coffee Trader.  It is my favorite iris.


So on this very cold first day of the new year, we all look forward.



Happy New Year and Happy Gardening ( soon )


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Snow Day

006I should change my outlook and get with the changing season.   Winter is my least favorite time, but it does provide time to reflect and plan.  I see there is snow falling on my blog, so I thought I should create a new post.  I did have a very relaxing snow day  when we had our first major snow here last week.


The past gardening season was a good one. and I always  look forward to spring.  So as I wait , I will try to enjoy the snow days and the days of darkness.  Today is the darkest day of the year, with the shortest amount of daylight.  So it can only get better as the sunrise



and the sunset pass by.


Snow days are good for  enjoying  Amaryllis.   This was advertised as a lavender bloom, but it looks more pink to me.  I still enjoy it as it is very different from the other Amaryllis that I have that are waiting for another snow day to be potted up.


I have several other Amaryliss bulbs that are in dark, cool storage.  I will bring them out after Christmas and pot them up inside for later bloom.  I also potted up 23 containers of daffodils and several pots of crocus, that are  waiting in cold, dark storage.  The daffodils need  at least 14 weeks of forcing.  Snow days are also good for enjoying  a nice hot cup of tea.  The little duck floating is actually a tea infuser.  So cute, it makes me smile.  It has a little mesh basket attached to it, that is submerged in the hot water.  The duck keeps everything afloat, and it makes a fine cup of tea.


Time passes quickly as we all know, and the season will change,  and I will be prepared.

Happy Snow days.    Happy Garden Dreams.



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Fun in Acapulco

Not exactly a beach view, just a great daylily. When I asked for a large brilliant yellow daylily at Curt Hanson’s,  a few summers ago, he asked ” do you have Fun in Acapulco?”

My response was ” No”.  He then replied I never would have fun in Acapulco, because it is just a tourist trap.  haha.  I did go home with Fun in Acapulco.  It is a huge flower that yells across the garden.  I love it. Bloom size is typically more than 9 inches.

The smaller yellow  in the background, is Slice of Life, which is a parent of FIA.


More fun daylilies from peak bloom, which was shortly after the 4th of July.

Bluegrass Music

Love this one too.  Unfortunately, it has never increased for me.  Same two fans that I started with years ago, yet it does bloom every year with a nice bud count.


Precious Candy.    Fun color, and it actually rebloomed one year.


Santa’s Little Helper,  just a fun name.

042Spacecoast Freaky Tiki


More fun with George Jets On.075

Gillian, I moved it last fall, and it took off.  I guess sometimes a change of location can help a daylily.  Gillian didn’t bloom much prior to the move.


Ruby Spider.   This one typically starts the season off, and it is a blooming machine.


Early July fun.   The pale, tall, unusual form daylily is Jellyfish Jealousy.   What a fun name!   It has increased well, and has an extended bloom time.

I see my gardening shovel with the yellow handle. Do you see it?  Funny how I find many of my ‘lost’ tools when I look at pictures later.


Last fall I transplanted a large group of Shasta Daisies over to the field across the street.  I wasn’t sure it would work, and I needed the room in my garden for more daylilies.  The daisies did great and actually behaved better across the street where they had full sun all day long!


I did finish labeling all of the daylilies, at least the ones that I know the names.  I highly recommend this company for plant labels.  I have them listed on my sidebar. I now have 510 dayliles, and I never thought I had enough room!

I do have 17 NOIDS  ( no identification )   As many of you know 510 is just a drop in the bucket, with all of the daylilies that are available.


Now time to relax and have fun in the garden, seeing how I am not going to Acapulco.


Happy Gardening.

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May Mojo

April didn’t seem to have the showers to bring the May flowers.  Seems the rain is catching up now.  The daffodils and tulips are long gone, yet wonderfully, they are replaced with the iris.  Oh, how I love iris.  They seem to be a bit high maintenance with all the dividing, and care that is needed.  But that bloom!!  The dwarf iris start out first, this is Posing.


Another dwarf that stands out is Jive.004

The tall bearded are absolutely the most dramatic of May flowers, they just have that mojo!  They are just beginning to open.  I have divided them out and moved so many, that I don’t have all the names.  Not sure about the name of this one.  It is just a pleasing lavender.


Iris have the most wonderful shades of blue of any flower in the garden.


This one is Secret Service.


I have quit a few Herrons about the lake, and it is hard to capture them in a photo.  I was able to get this one, with zooming in, so the picture is a bit fuzzy, but it still is so cool.  The Herrons certainly have mojo.


Back to the iris.  This one is Matt McNames


Not quite open yet, but what a great blend of color.  I think this is Secret Rites.

The poppies are showing off.

The Lupine are wonderful this May.  This Lupine is Manhattan Lights.  very different from the traditional blue Lupine.

Every day that I walk about the gardens, I am seeing the scapes of daylilies, and that is thrilling!

I did a few projects and added a few pieces of garden art.

The birdbath planter is ready.


This bottle is pretty by day, and then lights up at night.  I must say that I didn’t make it. I found it calling my name out at a local garden center.

Another planter finished.  This one is a bit tricky to do, but well worth the effort.  The flowers will fill in and it will be a sphere of blooms.

Bowie waits for me.   Happy Gardening and hoping you have lots of May Mojo.


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Spring came and seems to be running away.  We have days that seem like summer and then days like today, rainy with a chance of frost in the morning.  I have held off planting a few new perennials that I recently brought home.

The daffodils and tulips were amazing until the heat wilted the daffodils and the strong winds blew the petals off of the tulips.  The dark tulips are Queen of Night, white tulips are Maureen, and the lavender edged tulips are Shirley.  These have been in my garden for many years.

015The coffee bench is surrounded with spring bloom.


Earlier spring blooms which did seem to last awhile.



A few daffodils to share,  Golden Dawn,  blooms a little bit later.


Two double daffodils,  Wave , the yellow , and Candy Princess, pink013

Another pleasing double daffodil,  White Cheerfulness, has a great fragrance also.


The tulips were well worth waiting for.  I planted Salmon Impression, Violet Beauty and Ollioules together in groupings.



Narcissus Pipit


Phlox, a must for every spring garden.


Bleeding Heart, should be in every garden.


Bowie, in the spring garden!   Happy Gardening.



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