Thursday, June 7, 2012

Daylily Survivors

After a lengthy hiatus I was inspired this week to share images and names of the daylilies in my 7b/8a garden that are blooming their hearts out without any special care at all from me. As I try to rekindle my passion for gardening it is very interesting to see which plants have prevailed amidst the weeds without supplemental water or even in many cases removal of the previous year's dead remains.

The small bed close to my deck was my first "flower bed" and has evolved into mainly daylilies and salvias which seem to make good companions.

In the above pic are Daylily 'Helaman' ~

and Daylily 'All Fired Up' with 'Wispy Rays' in the background.

On the other side of the same bed is Daylily 'Galaxy Explosion' with tiny 'Siloam June Bug' behind it.

From another angle Daylily 'Bela Lugosi' opens its ffo right next to 'All Fired Up'.

Hanging out over the edge of the same small bed is Daylily 'Let it Rip'. These are not all of the daylilies in the bed but all of these pictures were taken on one cloudy, overcast morning this week.

Kudos must be given to Daylily 'Lotsa Dots' for doing so well in the big bed in spite of encroaching Centipede grass and haphazard trimming from the lawnmowing crew.

Moving on to the newest bed that was never properly finished but has lots of hemerocallis. Not pictured but now blooming are Daylilies 'Star Asterisk','Vintage Bordeaux','Norma Jean' and 'Moses Fire' along with some unnamed plants. I have pictures of  'Bengali Princess'

and Daylily 'Kilauea' ~ both Brian Mahieu selections.

In yet another bed I have Daylily 'Chesapeake Crablegs' with a tough seedling of Salvia 'Henry Duelberg' as a flowering partner.

and stalwart Daylily 'Matt' with the weeping flowers of Blue Love Grass cascading over its flowers.

Of special note in my observations is that the daylilies do not like being crowded by the Mother of Thyme that thrives and wants to take over in my garden. So even though the gardener lost her way ~ these daylilies did not. Isn't it grand?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Seasons Change...

and so do blogs,lol. I have done quite a bit of rearranging in my personal blogosphere and freed up this delightful background for use here at Little Wing Garden. I hope you like it as much as I do. Yes, I know the Black Swallowtail butterfly in my header pic is not in focus. I meant to do that:^)

Although the garden hasn't had time to catch up yet Fall did indeed arrive this past weekend. The past few nights have been downright cold. It's like an actual knob has been turned to Autumn. This photo of Japanese Beautyberry with Lindheimer's Muhly Grass in the background is probably the most seasonally approriate pic that I have to share today.

This is the first flower open on the Georgia Aster that was in bud in my last post. with a visitor. Not sure if it's a bee or a fly~ perhaps both? lol.

I feel certain the abundant rain is to thank for this new bloom stalk from Crinum 'Ellen Bosanquet' who has been on strike since June.



Persicaria 'Firetail' is happily blooming beside my deck where it has rooted through its nursery pot

and spiderwort 'Sweet Kate' decided she liked the rain as well.

Guess what this is:)

or who,lol. My perfect Yin and Yang Poms: boy/girl, black/white, old/young~ well maybe not perfect~ sweet/sweet.

Friday, October 1, 2010

And then it rained...

It's been quite a while since my last update on the garden. September turned back to hot and dry after Labor Day weekend and the garden was just looking sort of pitiful. I took a few pictures a week ago on Friday and a couple more Sunday morning since I can't bear not to take ANY pictures.

This is Miscanthus 'Cabaret' on the 24th just coming into full bloom.

I never finished the cleanup from last year in the big bed- especially in the center where goldenrod, wild ageratum and the Turk's Cap reside.

I transplanted this Celosia spicata in the thick of summer from where it self seeded next to the house. Out of three that I moved this is the first to bloom. The burgandy foliage makes the seedlings easy to identify and save from being weeded out(although that's not nearly the problem it used to be here:~).

I couldn't resist the buds on my biggest clump of Georgia Aster~ can't wait for them to open.

This~ as all of the above ~ was taken on the 24th with at least a couple more buds. One bloomed in the rain yesterday.

The only highlight to the Sunday morning pics was this wild Morning Glory since I was soon distracted and then...

******IT RAINED!!!!!!!!*********

heavily as you can see by this sprawled out version of the same Miscanthus 'Cabaret'

and the saturated deck boards under Meike during one of the few times she's been able to go out this week.

I really wish I had a rain gauge but suffice it to say we got alot,lol. Maybe I'll see some open blooms from the Swamp Sunflower this weekend:)