This was supposed to be the daylily show, but after twelve inches of rain in 24 hours, the daylilies will need to show off another day. In fact, the entire garden looks bedraggled this morning, but I’m not worried. Once it drains away, all that rain will make the flowers bloom better, and the vegetables taste sweeter.
Although too much of anything is not wonderful (no matter what Mae West said), we were lucky. My garden sits on the side of a hill, and its base is a mix of red sand and clay, predominantly sand. So, my garden will recover nicely. On the other hand, the gravel paths which all slid downhill will take some work. Fortunately, I’m not on a garden tour this year. Other people were not so lucky. Those west of Edmond along the creek had flooding in their very expensive homes, and my dear friend, Sister B.J.’s, pantry for the homeless also flooded. Volunteers are being asked to come on Friday or Saturday at 7:00 a.m. with rubber gloves, bleach and water coolers to clean all of the clothes. The pantry is located one block east of Classen Blvd. on the north side of 4th Street.
This has been quite a year for severe weather in Oklahoma. We had the Christmas Eve blizzard, a massive hailstorm in spring (which mostly missed us), and now a flood. Good grief. So, let’s stop talking weather and instead, speak of flowers.
I know you are going to say the garden looks good, but I promise you, I’m only showing off its best features. It is looking pretty sad. The roses in the next picture were water logged and beaten down, but you can’t see that here.
Behind them all, is this veronica which I think is pretty. I planted it last year, and this spring and summer, it has taken off with no diseases thus far.
After I deadheaded all of the water logged blooms from yesterday, there were some daylilies already open.
H. ‘English Cameo’, one of my first “good” daylilies hiding beneath a protective layer of maiden grass. I thought she made a pretty picture.
I really love this next flower. I bought H. ‘Pink Embrace’ from Clint in my daylily club. It took this daylily awhile to settle in. She is from Louisiana after all (Crochet is the hybridizer), and I believe she likes the heat. She also opens early which is good after yesterday’s devastating rain. However, like many southern belles, she is a bit delicate, so I have her in some shade to prevent afternoon melting.
Here is a shot of the side garden. In it, you can see the hollyhocks have all fallen over. I need to pull them and will do so later today. They were almost finished blooming. Also, the weaker scapes on the UF daylilies made H. ‘Karen’s Curls’ fall over along with ‘Atom’ glads.
I don’t know if you can see the trenching in the paths, but the gravel will need to be shoveled back into place. This is just life in a garden. It’s all about change.
Happy Bloom Day and a big thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens, who hosts us each month.