Brrr . . . it’s cold outside, isn’t it? Yesterday, I wore flip flops and a sleeveless shirt, and today, it’s jeans, a sweatshirt and wool socks. Good grief, it’s April 10, not January!
The weather this spring has been weird, but never fear, things will improve. If, like me, you already planted some of your annuals, you’ll want to cover them tonight unless replacement is your plan. I’ll cover my favorites, but I’m waiting for the rain/freezing rain to end. The ground is so warm it’s not sticking here in north central Oklahoma, but things could change. Below is the same view last April 9th. Weather is a funny thing.
Because I’m stalling on an article I’m not sure how to approach, I’ve been bidding on daylilies, my June favorites. Going through my photos of springs in former years is dangerous. To spread the love and warm you up, I’ll share photos of my garden last summer. We can’t change the weather, but we can change our attitudes, right? So, let’s return to last June and enjoy ourselves. Maybe I’ll tempt you to buy a few daylilies too.
Wait, those are roses. Two that don’t need much care, and a favorite shot of the garden in early June. Rosa ‘April Moon’ is a Griffith Buck rose, and R. ‘Cramoisi Supérieur’ is an even older beauty. See, things will improve. How about a shot of the tiered beds from mid-June?
With daylilies and roses, you have so many choices in color, texture and form. Find ones that work well for you. For a walk on the dark side, try evening purple shades. Yes, daylilies eventually melt in our heat, but I’ve had great luck with Hemerocallis ‘Bela Lugosi,’ ‘Ninja Storm,’ and ‘Killer.’ Those dark purples have such funny names.
Or, how about ‘Brooklyn Twist?’ What a great plant it is. I am partial to the purples and reds in daylily love, but sometimes, you need other colors too.
Green daylilies are great neutrals to place between contrasting shades of pink and apricot for instance. They are also beautiful by themselves if they have great form like this one.
If you don’t like purple or red though, how about pink?
Pink daylilies that have a blue cast are very beautiful in the morning sun. By afternoon, though, they become more orange/pink in appearance. Daylilies are composed mostly of water so they change in color as the blooms age.
A special shout-out to the Guthrie Jonquil Club and the Logan County Master Gardeners. . . I loved talking meeting and talking with all of you. Here’s hoping I got your motors running. Now, go cover those plants.