Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Daylily days or is that "daze"!

Mermaid at Frog Hollow is a blaze with colour. It would be even more tremendous is I would stop going around and cutting back clumps of different perennials to delay the blooming or prolong it out in to August with the hope that I will have a spectacular show for the garden tour. Today's post is mostly about the day lilys with a few shots I couldn't resist including. Enjoy....

A new addition at Mermaid at Frog Hollow is this 'black lace'  Sambucus. Commonly know as Elderberry or Black Elder. I purchased two and put them at the head of the river and at one side with the idea that they would grow large enough to shelter the mouth of the river as it boils up and pours down the river. Although they are growing nicely and very beautiful I have not as yet realized my desired results.

This is another Phlox that has been allowed to bloom at this time although I'm feeling that perhaps this setting should be cut back so it can be viewed when the garden tour comes through. However, I do need to have somethings blooming for my enjoyment so that battling the over achieving mosquito's and the heat is rewarded at the end of the day or early morning with the abundance of colour and tranquility that my gardens give me.

I've moved the hummingbird to act as a stake for the top heavy lily.

I'm not very keen on this blue fescue but I do like the fact that the blue colour is constant.

Daughter number two likes this lily.. I believe it is because she identify s with it. She also is very freckled!

Doesn't the Colorado Blue spruce have a cooling and calming effect to this setting.

Intense bright colour contrast and textures.
The three sisters are doing wonderfully.. You can't see the runner beans but they are twining their way up the ornamental grass stocks.

I only had the one clump of this variegated ornamental grass so this spring I dug up a couple small shoots and put them at the corner to act as a bit more of a screen before entering actually into the Secret garden. I did dig up the Phlox that was here but obviously some roots came back and I more then welcome them.
And now back to the Day lily  daze...
The "daze" of daylilys is amazing as they are in most beds. although the next three shoots look simular... I believe they are all different species... they have slight different features..
This one has a darker outer edge but not really the ruffling.
This has a far greater ruffling on the edge
a softer more pastel looking specimen although that yellow throat does stand out
This clump is amazing. Each bloom is a good 5 inches across!

I need to move these over to the moon garden to be enjoyed more from the top of the deck.


Of course since I was given these I have no idea of what the actual species is...
This daylily has some how escaped being moved to the "hot" coloured bed... right now its looking out of place in the pink bed..

some of the white lilys that was planted into the Moon garden

The pastel colour of this lily does brighten a shaded spot at the end of the pond behind the mermaid

I'm thinking that a piece of this clump should be split off and put into the Moon garden

I'm loving the combination of the red lily and the taller yellow lily with the blue of this pottery bird house.

this photo might be deceiving how big the blooms are. I'm guessing a good 5 or 6 inches across.

This photo is going into my favorites...
Hope you enjoyed your walk. If you happen to know the names of some of these please let me know.

Its late but I wanted to show you how the heads on the hydrangeas stand out in the late afternoon as darkness settles in.... Which way do you think this bloom will go...pink or blue?

Even the "pop" of orange in the hanging basket is screaming to be noticed... It was fairly dark out on the deck. I went out with a cup of tea to watch the storm come in.... I love sitting under the covered part of the deck and smelling the clean freshness after the rain. Some how the power of a storm is very invigorating to me. I will often be out weeding as the storm rolls in and continue to weed until my pants are so wet and hanging on me. We needed the rain as several fields of corn were starting to show stress. I have irrigation here to maybe 3/4 of the beds but you just can't beat rain water in a garden.
Have an great week and what ever you are up too....
make it awesome.