Monday, May 28, 2012

Then & Now.

Lee's garden on June 6, 2010 above.  Same garden on May 22, 2011 below.

Long View of Lee's garden on May 27, 2012

Long Views of Diane's Garden on May 27, 2012

Dead or Alive!

I saw the BIGGEST bug I'd ever seen in the garden next to Diane's.  Naturally I had to step over to investigate.  It was in between the strawberry plants.  I motioned for Diane to come quickly and take a picture.  It was hard to tell if it was dead, but I poked it with a stick and I heard this jingle, so I poked it again.  It fell over and only then could I see that it was a fake bug!  Honest to goodness, it really did look real.  Here it is in all it's glory.

Cranesbill Geranium

This is the mound of Cranesbill Geranium, which I've had since the garden opened in 2007.  I meant to pull it up at the end of last year, but never got around to it.  This flower will take over about 1/2 of the garden space this year.  It is just getting too big for the spot.  I have a lot of babies it has sprouted, and have moved them to different places, thank goodness, the plant grows relatively slow.  I am going to move that poor red Dianthus it is smothering in the front there.  One of my favorite plants at the garden.
Last year I added a new plant called Campanula to the garden, it was one of those small potted plants someone at work had, so when I saw them at the Supermarket, I bought one and planted it.  Seems like it is thriving.  Here is the photo, has a ton of little blue flowers on it.

Dan's Rose

Last year I had to replace the mini Rose Bush I planted in 2007 in memory of my boyfriend Dan.  Seems like the new bush survived the Winter and has nice formed blooms.

What is in Bloom Today

This is my California Poppy's, I added them last year, they were $1.49 each for two plants on the discount rack at Home Depot.  Seems like they are doing good this year, very showy at the garden.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

2012 Garden Season starts with a heavy heart

It is with great sadness that I must tell you all that my beloved Leo lost his battle with Feline Leukemia on April 7, 2012.  I still cannot even write much about his passing except to say, he did not suffer very long, and for that, I am ever thankful.  I don't know how much gardening I will be doing this year, but I will try to post pictures from time to time.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Joan Senior - FFO

This is another white daylily for 2011 which did not open last year.  This is called Joan Senior.  It has near white ruffled 6 inch flowers with a lime green throat.  It has a LOT of blooms on it this year, this is the FFO.

Clump of Daylilies on July 16, 2011

White Perfection

Big Apple

Big Apple is still not at it's peak, this is only the second day it has bloomed. 

Say Hello to Aabachee - FFO

This is such a pretty spider variety of daylily.  Aabachee daylily features bold ruby red spider-like flowers with yellow eyezone and white edges at the ends of the stems.  This picture was taken on July 16, 2011.  The bloom is not as good as it will be as this is the first flower open.

Nordict Night - Trio - sad end

This beautiful daylily called Nordict Night is at the back of the garden.  Last night, someone picked the flower and took with it all the unopened blooms.  We will have very few blooms from this daylily to show you unless this one reblooms later in the summer.

Silken Samarkand

Silken Samarkand is a lovely carmine rose color with a yeallo-green eyezone.  It is also of the fragrant variety of daylily.  Very pretty.

Princeton Silky, FFO

Princeton Silky is shown here with it's FFO on July 14, 2011.  This daylily is a large melon - apricot color with blooms on long sturdy stems. It is also a fragrant variety.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Handsome Dylan - in the shade and true color

OK, so I was told by my daughter not to post this picture of Handsome Dylan.  In the first photo, it looks like a blue on blue flower, something not yet available in the Daylily World.  The first truly blue daylily will bring "ubber" money.  This picture was taken in the shade.  The next picture shows Handsome Dylan in color as it truly is.  I can only image when Google picks up this post, the stir this photo will cause.  So NO, I am not misrepresenting a color, just showing how different a daylily can look depending on shade vs. sunlight.

Someone asked me why do I keep showing the same flower over and over

Just for those of you who take the time to read my blog.  Each daylily sends up a new flower each day, the flowers only live for one day then they die, to have another flower open on each day.  Each flower you see on this blog is a DIFFERENT flower bloom, some days there are over 112 new flowers in bloom, impossible to show every one, but I pick out the ones that catch my eye, rather for the beauty or for a flaw in the flower.  Yes, I do show flawed flowers!  I enjoy sharing the pictures with each of you, but the real reason for this blog is to memorialize the flowers for reference from year to year in our community garden.  If I have a question about did a particular daylily or flower consistently bloom, all I need do is look back at the blog for living proof of "yes this daylily or flower stays, or it goes".

                                                                        Seminole Blood

Lilac Lady is beautiful

This is not the same flower as pictured yesterday, just a bloom on a different day.  I just think this Lilac Lady is so delicate looking and pretty.  One of my new personal favorites.

Bama Bound - look at all the pollen on the pistil

This is Bama Bound.  I show this picture to show you how much pollen is on a daylily.  The long thin flower part in the center that looks white is and sticking straight out is the female part of the daylily, all the 6 little stamens are the male part of the daylily that holds all the pollen.  This one's stamens are loaded with pollen!  If ever the pistil and stamens meet and you don't pick off the dead flower, a seed pod will develope and next year there will be seeds to plant.

Hot Pink Fury

I just love this view of the daylily flower.  There are so many blooms on some of the fans that they bloom upright like this.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Lilac Lady - so delicate looking


Summertime Splendor

Summertime Splendor is a blooming fool, look at all the flowers open today.  If you click on the photo, and please do, you will see the diamond dust on this fragrant daylily.

Pink Jubilation looking good!

Angel Curls

Hot Pink Fury

Cupid Calling

This is Cupid Calling, a Nicely ruffled very clear fiery red with deep olive green throat.  A little splotch on one petal as a result of rain last night.

A pair of Always Afternoon

Blue Oasis

For Annabelle

This is a pretty clump of For Annabelle.

This was For Annabelle on July 12, 2011 when she had her FFO for this year, was in the shade, which will distort the true color.  Hoping for better blooms.