One the great gifts of Carol Michel’s long-running meme, Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, is the chronicling of one’s own garden throughout the years. I’ve participated most months since May 15, 2008, when I wrote about my David Austin roses. Since I’ve done this for so many seasons, I find some things never change. The roses bloom April and May, and the daylilies begin their two-month sprint at the beginning of June. This parade rarely varies.
As summer moves in with a vengeance, hard-working natives and other perennial plants like Phlox paniculata will take over the show.
June, however, is still about the daylilies. I have changed many of mine over the years. My taste in daylily styles from rounded bagel shapes to wild and wooly UFs goes back and forth, and while some old favorites continue blooming, others now take center stage.
I’m a big fan of red and dark purple plants, and my fascination doesn’t stop at daylilies. Lucky for me and other red/purple freaks, hybridizers have worked tirelessly to create many that are much more color fast. Because daylilies are composed of so much water, they fade and melt in the sun. Still, they need warm temperatures to multiply and bloom at their best. Reds and purples also show thrip damage to a higher degree. This summer, I’ve had more thrips perhaps because our weather has been so moist even when it turned warm.
I fell in love with H. ‘Banana Pepper Spider’ a couple of years ago at our local daylily show. Seeing daylilies in a local garden or at a show is a good way to see if a particular cultivar likes your climate. I bought ‘Banana Pepper Spider’ from a friend, and it hasn’t disappointed me in the garden. I like its slender scapes (stems), and I love the yellow flower and bright green throat. You may notice that many of my daylilies are older. My garden is proof that you can grow older daylilies and still have a beautiful daylily garden in June. Although I’m a sucker for newer ones too, I find that simple shapes blend better into an overall garden setting. Gosh, I’d love to write a book about daylilies! There’s so much to know about them.
Boltonia asteroides ‘Pink Beauty’ is such a pretty native. It’s supposed to be cut back and bloom in late summer, but I let it grow this year because its blue-green foliage was so pretty, and I had a hole where a rose died all the way to the ground. As soon as it blooms, I’ll cut it back and hopefully, it will bloom again in September. If you’re thinking it looks like an aster, you’d be right. It does. It’s one of our false asters.
Another plant continuing to put on a show is ‘Queen of Holland’ clematis which began blooming in late April or early May. It is still going strong.
While processing my photos yesterday, I noticed that all this rain made the garden look very, very green. Normally, you can see much more brown from the gravel paths, and it seems like more flowers should be blooming. The long, slow spring may have something to do with flowers taking their time. We had one small hot spell, and then more rain. We are supposed to hit 90F today with more rain on Thursday. Has that El Nino year started already?
Looking back toward the house, you can see the cafe lights we hung above the back deck. The deck is on its last posts. Bill and our brother-in-law, Paul, built it about twenty years ago. We figured we would let it go out with a flourish. Just kidding. The truth is we have two kids in college and one in Catholic high school. We don’t have money to replace the deck this year or next. Let’s hope it hangs in there. I like the cafe lights very much, and I was inspired by Pam Penick at Digging when we visited a few weeks ago. Last week I saw lights in Target, and I snapped them up. Pam has a meme every month on the 16th called Foliage Follow-up. The two pictures, above, show much of my foliage is green because the coleus haven’t had the heat to do their thing yet. They will. The pot below shows a preview. When plants quit blooming due to the heat, colorful foliage always comes through.
Happy Bloom Day and Foliage Follow-up everyone!