Tuesday, July 7, 2015

July Beauty

Three beauties looking lovely in spite of another inch of rain last night.
Hemerocallis "Megan's Love"
"Megan's Love" is a 6 inch bright yellow self with textured petals, heavy midrib and ruffled edges.  Light green eye.  34 inch scapes.  Diploid.  Semi evergreen.  Mid season and repeat bloomer.  Very substantial and hardy.  Sometimes the petals recurve.  In our family bed for daughter, Megan.
Hemerocallis "Star Struck"
"Star Struck" was a bonus free lily from Oakes Daylilies.  A 5 inch golden melon wide petal self with ruffled edges.  26 inch scapes.  Blooms mid to late season and rebloom.  Dormant.  High bud count.  Fragrant.  All American Daylily Selection award.  Good every time, every day and pops across the gardens.  Or in this case, across the fields since it's out by the shed.
Lilium "Anastasia"

Lilium "Anastasia"
"Anastasia" is a Trumpet-Oriental lily from the Netherlands.  The near white 6-8 inch recurved flowers have rose color radiating from the center and rose brush marks and dots.  Green star eye.  VERY spicy sweet strong fragrance.  The flowers face downward on 6 foot scapes.  It helps to stake them in case wind or rain hits while there are many heavy blooms.  If staking, tie with something soft (like old panty hose) to avoid cutting and breaking stems.

These bulbs do not last forever but are worth planting every few years to make sure they are in abundance in the garden.  They are stunning and scent all the surrounding area.  Mine were planted sixteen years ago and are still lovely.  

Don't plant where the bulbs will sit in water or they'll rot.  Plant exactly per directions in lots of sun. They don't mind shorter perennials around them but they do need plenty of sun from the time they start to put up shoots.  If they are shaded during this period, they will have weak scapes, flop and may not bloom.  

They are a perfect cut flower and last for days while scenting the room.      

Beautiful Sunday

We have been blessed with a week of perfect summer days this week and Sunday is no exception.

Hemeocallis "Siloam David Kirchoff"
"Siloam David Kirchoff" is a 3 1/2 inch pale pink/lavender with huge yellow/green eye surrounded by a blue/purple watermark surrounded by a magenta line - whew!  It has very broad petals with darker pink veins.  Slightly fragrant.  I showed two versions because the colors may be different.  16 inch scapes.  Diploid.  Early plus extended bloom.  Dormant.  It's received the Award of Merit, Annie T. Giles Small Flower Award - Don C. Stevens Eyed Flower award - Memorial Award and Junior Citation.  Yes, it's just that beautiful and one of the first to come close to blue.  See note below.
Hemerocallis "Orange Vols"
 I received "Orange Vols" as a bonus gift and wasn't sure it was a bonus or a gift since I associated orange with ditch lilies.  This orange is another whole color.  6 1/2 inch glowing bi-color dark orange blooms with yellow eye and midribs.  I have it planted in some shade and it pops.  24 inch scapes.  Mid season bloomer plus rebloom.  Dormant.  Named in honor of the University of Tennessee Volunteers.  Very hardy.
Hemerocallis "Joan Senior"
"Joan Senior" is one of several nice creamy lilies that are pretty and make brighter lilies stand out.  6 inch near white diamond dusted with yellow halo and small green throat.  Ruffled.  28 inch scapes.  Early to mid season plus rebloom.  Diurnal.  Fragrant.  Evergreen but hardy in my garden.  Diploid.   Increases rapidly. High bud count.  Lenington All American Award - Award of Merit - Honorable Mention - Junior Citation. 

Note:  Near white, cream, ivory and etc. means they may show those shades on the same plant on any given day.  It's nature playing the color game and it's in the eye of the beholder.
Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus "Lemon Lily"
Formerly Hemerocallis flava
"Lemon Lily" isn't stunning when judged against the bells and whistles of newer lilies.  It's an heirloom lily from 1570 and it's important to not let these old plants die out.  A small trumpet shaped lemon yellow self, very early blooms, very fragrant with a sweet scent.  30-34 inch scapes.  Nocturnal blooming habit.  Dormant.  Diploid.  First lily to be registered with the American Hemerocallis Society.  Received the R.H.S. Award of Garden Merit.
Hemerocallis "Pink Playmate"
 "Pink Playmate" is considered the best pink rebloomer (in the south.)  A 3 1/2 inch light pink with yellow halo and green eye.  24 inch scape.  Very late season bloomer.  Dormant.  A sweet little lily - looks delicate but is very tough.
Hemerocallis "So Lovely"
"So Lovely" is a 5 1/2 inch near white with a green throat and slightly ruffled rounded petals with veins.  30 inch scapes.  Mid season and extended.  Semi evergreen.  One of the most fragrant of all daylilies.  Proliferates.  Won the Award of Merit. 

NOTE:  David Kirchhoff is a renowned daylily hybridizer located in Kentucky.  Check out www.DaylilyWorld.net 

As Bright as a July Day

I think of July as brightest of the bright flowers and this July is no different.
Hemerocallis "Vera Biaglow"
As much as it's a thrill to see the first daylilies of the season start to bloom, I'm glad for the late bloomers because they continue into a time where most things have done their beauty and are now sitting quietly waiting for dormancy.  

"Vera Biaglow" is a 6 inch deep rose pink bloom with ruffled edges and a small green/yellow throat.  Lots of texture.  28-34 inch scapes.  Mid to late bloomer.  Dormant.  Honorable Mention and Award of Merit winner.  I loved VB so much I saw it two different times - two different nurseries and bought it twice.  It was before I began keeping track. . .
Hemerocallis "Golden Prize"
"Golden Prize" is exactly that!  A 7 inch flat bright gold self with ruffled edges.  26 inch scapes.  Heavily crepes.  Dormant.  Tetraploid.  Late bloomer plus rebloom.  Does well in partial shade.  Lenington All American Award & Award of Merit.  This lily can be had for around $6 and is so vigorous I've divided many times.  (Every time you divide a lily, divide the original cost by the number of divisions and pretty soon it will be free - rationalization at it's daylily best.)  It heats up and brightens anyplace it sits.  Always dependable.
Hemerocallis "Bryan Paul"
"Bryan Paul" is in the family bed for son-in-law, Paul, and Jerry's grandpa, Papa Bryan.  A 6 1/2 inch deep ruby red with velvet surface.  Yellow throat and some have white edges.  24 inch scapes.  Some light ruffling and lighter midribs.  Early to mid season plus rebloom.  Evergreen.  
Hemerocallis "Flaming Sword"
"Flaming Sword" was introduced in 1945 which means it's heading towards Heirloom status.  5 inch spider orange red with a gold star eye.  Heavy midribs.  Strap like petals, 36 inch scapes and VERY fragrant.  A vigorous grower.  Dormant.  Diploid.  Mid to late season bloomer. 

To deadhead lilies or not:  

  • I deadhead my lilies and I don't hybridize.
  • Yesterday's dead lily is usually a wet mushy ugly mess that detracts from the beauty of today's blooms.
  • Dead blooms will sometimes lay on new blooms preventing them from opening.
  • Letting the seed pod develop saps energy from the plant - pods are not needed if you don't hybridize or want self seeding.
  • Deadheading gives you a chance to inspect and admire.
  • Some owners put dead blooms in a bucket and then the composter to keep their beds looking clean.
  • I usually toss them on the ground and let them compost naturally unless I'm expecting guests and want to keep it looking better.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Two For the Price of One

Hope everyone had a good 4th of July celebrating America's independence and enjoying family, friends, food and fun.
Hemerocallis "Real Wind"
"Real Wind" needs a place to be seen because it's 6 1/2 inch light peach blooms have a large deep apricot eye zone and white midribs.  Glowing gold throat.  27 inch scapes.  Mid to late season. Dormant.  Vigorous.  Received the Honorable Mention award.  I've divided this beauty many times.
Hemerocallis "Country Fair Winds"
"Country Fair Winds" is a 6 inch peach/pink bloom with a sparkling thin gold ruffled edge and green/gold throat.  It lays somewhat flat.  25 inch scapes.  Fragrant.  Substantial.  Late season bloomer.  Dormant.  
Hemerocallis "Unknown Black Purple Velvet"
An unknown "Black Purple Velvet" has 6 inch slightly curled sepals, very dark velvet purple with lighter midrib, heavily veined and slightly ruffled.  The color varies widely from dark purple to lighter purple to burgundy.  It has a bright chartreuse eye and darker halo.  28 inch scapes.  Very fragrant.
Hemerocallis "Joyful Fancy Free"
"Joyful Fancy Free" is a 5 1/2 inch cream yellow/peach blend with gold throat and sometimes a little gold edge on the ruffles.  28 inch scapes.  Slightly fragrant.  Mid to late season bloomer.  Tetraploid.  Dormant.  Good bud count. 
Hemerocallis "Parade of Peacocks"
 It was quite right for "Parade of Peacocks" to bloom on July the 4th!  An 8 inch rosy peach spider with huge rose eye zone around a green throat and slight ruffled/pinched edges.  36 inch scapes.  Mid to late season bloomer.  Color may vary.  Dormant.
Hemerocallis "Olin Criswell"
"Olin Criswell" was one of the cheaper ($4.50 ea.) lilies for the shed area.  It's a 6 inch light yellow single self bloom with ruffles.  On 24 inch scapes.  Mid to late bloomer and rebloomer (I consider it continuous.)  Dormant.  Tetraploid.  Substantial to the point of huge clumps and easily divided.  Received the Honorable Mention award.  This is one extremely tough and beautiful yellow.  
Belamcanda chinesis Iridaceous "Blackberry Toad Lily"
The "Blackberry Toad Lily" isn't actually a lily (belongs to the Iris family) but it's worth talking about because it adds so much to my gardens.   The 2 inch yellow petals have bright orange dots and markings.  It is followed by a seed pod with shiny black seeds (that look like a blackberry.)  The seeds are poisonous (my animals aren't interested in them and my grandkids don't eat from the yard.)  It freely self seeds by dropping, wind and birds (not poisonous to birds.)  It has fan shaped thin strap shaped leaves on 2 foot stems.  Blooms late summer.  Will bloom in sun or shade.  Since it tends to come up in many places, it's good that it's easy to pull or mow.  I have it in many beds and let it brighten up around other perennials.  It doesn't shade out and it's roots don't kill other plants.  It's a polite little invasive.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Always a Thrill

Because of perfect weather conditions, daylilies are pulling a few surprises.  Some haven't come up in years and I'd marked them down as gone gone gone.  And here they are showing me they are hardy and well.    

Hemerocallis "Posh Design"
"Posh Design" is a 5 inch pearlized rosy pink/peach blend pattern with distinct gold ruffled edge and faint white midribs.  22 inch scapes.  Mid to late season bloomer.  Dormant.  Substantial.
Hemerocallis "Margaret Guillory"
"Margaret Guillory" is in the family bed for Jerry's mother.  6 inch rich rose with distinct white midribs and bright yellow throat.  Sepals are a lighter color.  Pronounced darker veins.  21 inch scapes.  Early season and rebloom.  Fragrant.  Dormant.  This one hasn't shown up every year but is beautiful today.
Hemerocallis "Mini Pearl"
"Mini Pearl" is a 3 inch soft blush pink/peach self with butter yellow watermark.  Recurved petals.  Dormant.  Fragrant.  Early to mid season bloomer plus rebloom.  High bud count.
Hemerocallis "Lacy Doily"
New for me this year, "Lacy Doily" is a 3 1/2 inch double trumpet-shaped coral/apricot with yellow/green throat and ruffled edges.  Mid to late season plus rebloom.  Each flower lasts at least 16 hours a day.  Heavy bud count.  Diploid.  Evergreen.  Fragrant.  Diurnal.  20 inch scapes.  Is is classified as a "Daylily 500 Series" producing over 500 double blooms per season.  I can enjoy that!
Hemerocallis "Dance Ballerina Dance"
"Dance Ballerina Dance" is a 6 inch apricot going to a deep bright orange into the eye.  Ruffled edges are a darker apricot.  Dormant.  Diurnal.  Midseason blooming.  Tetraploid.  23 inch scapes.  It's slow to open in the mornings and doesn't always open flat.  Received Award of Merit.  

You may have noticed the color description is often pink/peach or yellow/green or other slash options.  Colors can vary with soil, year, weather, time of day, whether it is the first-middle-last blooms, camera and other variables.  

Only a very few daylilies look the same every year, day or time.  Almost all my pinks have shades of peach or blush.  I'm assuming it's because most of my flower beds are farm-field clay.  Reds often vary during the bloom cycle or time of day.  Deep colors often fade or become waxy looking if the sun and heat are strong.  I typically take my pictures first thing in the morning before I get busy with life.  When I can, I go out later in the afternoon for late opening flowers. 
Some of my summer outdoor decor - note the green
decoration?  It's a buggy kind of year.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Glorious July

Yesterday was a seriously beautiful day.  These daylilies started blooming:
Hemerocallis "Bradley Hardy"
"Bradley Hardy" is in the family garden bed for our grandson, Bradley; both bright and cheerful.  A 6 1/2 inch gold self blooms on 30 inch scapes.  Somewhat flat with light ruffling.  Very substantial.  Mid season bloomer.  Dormant.  Tetraploid.  Received Honorable Mention award.
Hemerocallis "Carmine Monarch"
"Carmine Monarch" is also in the family bed for daughter, Carmen.  This lily is a pretty 7 1/4 inch carmine rose red with thin petals, rather flat with a yellow/green big star throat on 34 inch scapes.  High bud count, substantial and vigorous.  Early to mid season plus rebloom.  Dormant.  Tetraploid.  CM is one of those lilies that is a wonderful clump because it is covered with flowers for a long period of time.  
Hemerocallis "Unknown Yellow & Red Small Spider"
This "UK Yellow & Red Small Spider" is always (ALWAYS) reliable; color, form and substantial.  5 inch bright yellow/gold spider with dark red eye and yellow throat and midribs.  Slightly ruffled.  30 inch scapes.  Blooms mid to late season.  Very hardy.  When a flower has such distinctive colors, not only do they look good by themselves - they also make good transition flowers.  Put in a bed of yellow and red and it brings them all together.
Hemerocallis "Jean Swan"
"Jean Swan" is in the family bed for two of my daughter-in-laws:  Julie Jean and Marla Jean.  If it hadn't been for this flower being a good addition to the family bed, I wouldn't have started buying double daylilies.  I was snobby because they don't benefit insects - pollen or nectar.  But I got over it quickly and now have several.  This 6 inch fluffy double blend of white and soft yellow (sometimes a peach) blooms on 32 inch scapes.  Mid to late season plus rebloom.  Semi evergreen.  Lovely fragrance and high bud count.  Opens later in the morning.  Honorable Mention award.
Hemerocallis "Exotic Dancer"
"Exotic Dancer" is a 7 1/2 inch pink spider with large greenish throat.  Very fragrant.  Nocturnal.  Diurnal.  Tetraploid.  Dormant.  Midseason, rebloom and high bud count.  28 inch scapes.  "Crispate-unusual form" as a curled spider.  Luscious!

Sometimes humans upset nature and I certainly did yesterday.  I've been removing most of my fall blooming phlox because it's covered with mildew.  An old variety, it has no resistance.  As I pulled down another handful I noticed this mishmash of spider silk, dead leaves and wood bark mulch stuck to stems and out tumbles this little Red-throated Hummingbird nest.  Two eggs break and although this one survived the crash and I placed the nest in the nearby spirea bush I have little faith the Hummingbird will find it or accept the change.  Sad.    

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A Day Without Rain!

I've weeded in mud for days and it's like walking in cement blocks.  Whine!  The good news, for me, is I'm taking out ground covers, invasives, sickies and the remaining plants are showcased and free.

In addition, my husband trimmed up many trees and cut down a big lilac that threatened to overwhelm a garden bed.  It was so big, Corn Belt Electric offered to cut it so it wouldn't touch our service wire.  Since I've had rather sad experiences with contractors destroying plants lately, we decided to do it ourselves - not one plant lost!
A couple of Pearly Cresentspots
Hemerocallis "Longfield's Glory"
"Longfield's Glory" always looks pretty.  5 inch flat lavender/mauve flowers with white raised midribs, rose eye zone and chartreuse eye.  The lightly ruffled edge is sometimes yellow.  18 inch scapes. Diurnal.  Dormant.  Diploid.  Fragrant.  Early bloomer.  And it has a silvery sheen almost like it's mirrored.
Hemerocallis "Unknown Large Velvet Purple"
This unknown, "Large Velvet Purple", also has a wonderful sheen.  5 inch velvet purple rolled petals, darker rose purple halo and yellow eye.  Textured and prominent midrib.  24 inch scapes.  
Hemerocallis "Strawberry Candy"
"Strawberry Candy" is a 4 1/4 inch strawberry (duh) pink/peach with deep rose red eye zone and gold eye.  Ruffle edges are rose.  26 inch scapes.  Early-mid bloom plus rebloom.  High bud count.  Semi evergreen.  Fragrant.  Awards won:  Stout Medal - Don C. Stevens Award for best eyed daylily - Annie T. Giles Award for outstanding small flower and A.H.S. Top Best Ten.  
Hemerocallis "Crimson Pirate"
If you'd like an example of how to do everything wrong with a daylily, "Crimson Pirate" is my example.  Planted in almost all shade, it keeps on keepin' on.  A 5 inch intense mahogany red spider with gold throat, darker red halo and some gold midribs.  30 inch scapes.  Dormant. Diploid.  Mid-late season bloomer.  Vigorous. 

The good news in this example:  Daylilies are not bothered by black walnut trees.  

Hemerocallis "Lake Norman Spider"
Do I show a single flower because it's so unusual or do I show a clump because it is covered in flowers?  Since the 5 inch recurved  "Frans Hals" gold sepals and brushed mahogany orange petals with gold midribs and gold eye is so dramatic, you needed an up close and personal.  24 inch scapes.  Mid to late bloomer (I would call it continuous for at least a month.)  Dormant.  Diploid.  Hardy.  Takes a few years to get established and then "Katie bar the door"!  Honorable Mention award.  The colors vary.

Why do I mention the awards?  It takes years for a daylily to go through the many steps, after introduction/registration, to earn awards.  It must pass a rigorous criteria for each.  It pretty much tells the buyer what to expect.  It's not a 100% perfect prediction in every garden but it will up your odds.  That being said (again) many daylilies with no awards are worth having in your garden.  With any plant, you play the odds with genetics, your garden and mother nature.