Monday, August 25, 2014

Volunteers in my Garden


   Did you have any volunteers in your garden?  And by that I don't mean your neighbors who were helping you to weed.  I mean those wonderful surprises that show up completely on their own.
   This year I was surprised to find a beautiful tiger lily in my daylily garden.  Most likely the seed was dropped by a bird.  I truly love it, but the problem is it decided to some up right in the middle of Enchanted Elegance.  So now a little surgery is on order before fall  while I can still tell where it is.



   Another beauty popped up in the border garden.  I was pulling "weeds" all spring but I missed one, and this is what I got -- wild ox-eye daisies.  I couldn't bear to pluck them once they started to bloom.  The problem is that  now they will drop seeds, and I'll have them everywhere.  I know they're trouble, but I'm such a sucker for daisies!



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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Up Against the Sun and Mikado Morn

Last year I purchased one new daylily and received a bonus plant along with it.  This year I saw their blooms for the first time and I was so pleased.  One a gentle soft color and the other a knockout!

 This first one is Mikado Morn.  I love how the soft buttery yellow
 seems to be painted with delicate brush strokes of pink.  With the ruffled edges, it's truly a lady's flower.

Now, this one, is called Up Against the Sun and it truly makes a statement.  The orange is very different from other orange daylilies, and I'm not quite sure that it comes across in the picture.  It's strong and powerful, and looks good enough to eat!

When I started a daylily garden over again after moving away from my home of 18 years, I was sure I would just have a few flowers.  But I love gardening so much and soon knew that I couldn't give it up.  Part of the fun is adding new flowers to the garden, and so I have forgiven myself for buying more because it makes me happy.  What else can a girl do?  I don't buy shoes like some women do, and although I love new clothes, I hate shopping for them, so that is always a problem.  Flowers it is.  Nothing makes me happier than to be in a nursery roaming through the plants.
What's next?  You knew it already.  I bought another dayliliy and a bonus plant came with it.  I can't for next year to see Tall, Dark, and Handsome, and Star of the North!



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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Peonies and the Rain

Luckily, I was able to cut these beauties before the big rains started.  I knew a storm was coming and as usual the peonies were blooming.  It always happens.  I think the heavy humidity before a storm helps to open the buds.  I wrote a post about this very same thing in 2007.  See it here.   And seven years later, it's still frustrating me.  Besides the rain, I am fighting rose bugs, which I have never had a problem with.  I guess I'll have to be grateful for being able to save a few to bring in the house.  Regardless, of how  many I had for my indoor vase , the fragrance was fabulous!!




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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Daybreak or Saucer Magnolia?

  Two years ago I got a new tree -- it was a gift, and quite expensive.  I was so excited. 
 The glorious Daybreak Magnolia. (See my previous post here.)


  As you can see it was planted in the early spring of 2012, but we had waited until well after frost, or so we thought.  Shortly after planting we got a freezing rain and then a thaw and then another freezing rain and then a another thaw.  First, all of the blooms browned up and died and then the leaves fell off.  Each time new buds would form, the next freeze would hit.  My tree struggled to stay alive and finally produced some leaves.  It was a set back, but all would be okay.
  Or would it?  We babied it and then prepared it for winter, by putting stakes around it and wrapping burlap around the stakes.  Come the spring of 2013, I once again eagerly waited for the first leaves and buds to appear, only to be zapped by another late frost!  The buds and leaves fell off, and this time for good.  I decided I wanted to leave it alone to see what would happen, but all I got was some sprouts from the base of the trunk.  The main tree was dead.  It was a costly loss.  
  We cut the main trunk down as low as we could and let the sprouts grow.  I knew it was a grafted tree and decided to wait and see what was actually growing.  
This is what I have this year.



It's a beautiful green shrub.  I was wondering what to do with it, so I asked a tree specialist if he thought I was growing another magnolia.  He said Daybreaks are most definitely grafted and just as I thought the new growth would return to the mother tree, but he is not sure if it will be a Saucer Magnolia or a Jane Magnolia.  Both are much less expensive trees, but at least I have something for three years of waiting.   Now I have to wait one more year to see if it blooms.  If it produces nothing, then out it goes!


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