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Last year and next year

This gardening season has had its ups and downs, as usual, and I want to capture my ideas before they melt into the mist.

Spring brought some lovely blooms.  The irises, which I sometimes despair of because this bed is so weedy, were lovely (if a bit floppy).  I especially like the blue ones.  Wish I still had the white ones I inherited from my mother, who got them from Bob Taylor decades ago.  This was in mid-May.

Zepherine Drouhin is always lovely, but after she blooms, she’s a mess.  Maybe add a clematis next year so there’s something else blooming there?

Despite my vow to sow annual poppies early, I failed.  Luckily, this one self-sowed.  I love the delicate shading on the petals.

Sarah Bernhardt was in bloom just in time to take her to Duck for the week.

Allium globemaster looked appropriately modern in a 60s sort of way. Plus, it lasted a long time.  This was at the end of May.

The drumstick alliums were not quite what I expected, too tall.  We’ll see if they come up next year.  I was aiming for something like this

but they were very long-stemmed and flopped over.  We’ll see if they come back next year.

By the end of June (after the wedding, and English garden pictures to come), long, spiky blooms appeared on the bottlebrush buckeye.  The butterflies love them.

(And note the new fence, raw as can be but it should weather to gray eventually).  Here’s one of the day lilies, though they seemed a bit meager this year.  I love the dramatic dark reds:

And here’s the gallant calla zantedeschia that came as a bonus bulb from McClure and Zimmerman several years ago.  If I’d realized its scale, I wouldn’t have planted it so close to one of the lush hostas, but so it goes.  It comes up faithfully every year.

And look what’s popped up!  A couple years ago I dug up a couple of plants that were just too big for their britches.  This is a helianthus that just couldn’t be killed!

There are also signs that the amsonia is resurrecting itself, too.  I may bite the bullet and pull it out, replacing it with a variety that has better fall color.  We’ll see!

And this was the flowerpot on the steps this year.  The pots worked well, but the railing planters were a mess:  very dry, and I didn’t have any good fillers or spillers.  I’ll add Soil Moist next year and go for something easy like calibrachoa to add color.

The houseplants enjoyed their spa vacation, as always.  Note to self: you can never mass too many pots together.

Since this area is part sun at best, it’s all about the foliage here. Still, it could use a little more color but on the whole I was pleased.

Finally, the hyacinth beans I got on sale from C&T did pretty well, though what is apparently a stinkbug larva liked them, too.  Never mind, the colors were delicious.

The other nice thing is that the shades of purple went well with the clematis and the Autumn Joy sedum, almost as though I had planned it (ha!).





























Day Lilies

The daylilies stopped blooming before I was quite ready for the show to be over, so I went in search of late-blooming dark reds to round out the collection.  I ended up with four plants from Oakes Daylilies.

blood spot daylily







Blood Spot (dreadful name) is a nice dark red.

Crimson Shadows daylily







Crimson Shadows comes highly touted as a rich, dark red.

Chicago Apache daylily








This one is Chicago Apache, said to be a good rebloomer.

Then I had to stray into the fragrant yellows and chose Lemon Lollypop (sic).

Lemon Lollypop daylily











This is another fragrant re-bloomer.  Oakes was kind enough to send a freebie, Tender Love.

Tender Love daylily







A rebloomer that has won an award for fragrance!  We’ll see.

I am very pleased with their service:  came on time, well packed, free plant, and four of the five were abundant enough that I got two or three plants from each one.


Along the walkway garden I planted White Flower Farm’s (100) Daffodils and (50) Daylilies mix.  The results, too, have been mixed.  Neither one seems to have filled the space sufficiently.  In fact, I can’t find a photo of the way it looks in spring, so it clearly isn’t memorable then, though it’s pleasant enough.  But I have enjoyed the daylilies and now need to edit them.

The first to bloom was one I had planted in addition to the mix.  ‘Strawberry Candy’ is widely touted, but I’m not crazy about it.Strawberry Candy day lily - first to bloomBicolors  – meh.  Maybe planted en masse, they would look  better.

I’m drawn to either pastels or deep colors.  Here is a lovely pale apricot.

DSC01155But the muddy purples below are really not to my taste (though I will say that they are not quite that purple IRL).DSC01156 DSC01157This dark one above appeals to me, but I really swoon over these dark reds.gorgeous daylily DSC01178Then, of course, there are the double orange ones from Aunt Betsy.  They spread slowly but reliably and fill in the gaps.double orange daylilyThe butterflies do love them.butterfly

Along the fence in back I have a few pale yellows, possibly ‘Hyperion,” which I should transplant and/or order more of for this border.  It’s at its height around the  Fourth of July, so (note to self) could use more late-blooming varieties.  Here’s a look on July 7th.  Thank you, Anne Little, for suggesting that I transplant the balloon flowers here.  Their spikes of blue and white are the right height for the space and a terrific foil for the aucuba and the yellow-orange daylilies.walkway garden in bloom