At the Red Dirt Ranch, when the daylilies are blooming, nothing else can compare.
Not even beautiful Hydrangea arborescens ‘Annabelle’ although she does give it her best shot as she peeks from behind the variegated weigela.
Can you see why I never want to leave home?
I’ve enjoyed the ‘Atomic’ glads so much I’ve added some other types. Scott from Old House Gardens Bulbs had a great suggestion to plant a few glads at a time. That way you get a succession of bloom. So far, all of my glads have come back every year and multiplied just a bit. They may remind my mother of funerals, but they just make me think: COLOR!
Right now, the entire garden is an explosion of color. Bright, bold, beautiful color. Don’t be afraid. Instead, in the south, work it.
Above, ‘Jan’s Twister’ is really showing off. The bloom is larger than my hand, and the scapes (stems) don’t fall over with the weight.
H. ‘Jedi Blue Note’ is such a pretty shade or purple/blue. It is a great contrast with the Echinacea ‘Sundown,’ one of the Big Sky Series I can actually grow. Every summer, when TLC Nursery has its August Bucks, I add another echinacea or two to my garden. They don’t mind the heat during transplanting.
‘Annabelle’ caused quite a stir on Twitter and Facebook earlier in the week when Helen Weis snapped a pic of me next to the arbor because ‘Annabelle’ is nearly as tall as I. People wanted to know what I fed her (the shrub, not Helen.) I don’t feed ‘Annabelle.’ It is the type of hydrangea (arborescens vs. macrophylla.) She just gets good soil and does her thing while making me look good.
‘Moonlit Masquerade’ is an older beauty, but my goodness, she does light up a shady space.
Back when I bought my original named daylilies from Wanda (who basically gave them to me she was so generous), she convinced me to take an eyed daylily called ‘Joe Marinello.’ She said it was a “good one,” and I should have it. At the time, I wasn’t as enamored as she was, but she proved to be the smarter one. ‘Joe Marinello’ is very hard to find now, and he is a favorite.
As is the incomparable ‘Brooklyn Twist.’ With daylilies, I like them all: the eyed ones, ones with enhanced midribs, ruffled ones, whirly twirlies, spiders and UFs. If it’s pretty and does what it is supposed to do, and isn’t a weird muddied reddish-orange-brown, I’m in.
This Sunday, the Central Oklahoma Hemerocallis Society is holding its annual show. The doors open to the public at 1:00 p.m. I’m planning on entering again, and if you’re near Oklahoma City, why not bring out your dad for Father’s Day. Contrary to what the world says, it’s not just women who love flowers (ask my husband), especially daylilies.
Well, I’ve got to be going now. Hope to see you at the show on Sunday. Many thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens who hosts Bloom Day each month. Go there, and you can see what is blooming all over the world.