The last red daylily of the 2020 season in our garden bloomed yesterday.
Other daylilies have already wrapped up or are wrapping up.
Our attention remains on their beauty, both this year and in future years, and also turns to the potential of the gardens around us. It is time to start planning to “dig and divide” – a good thing.
Friday a fellow gardener and I walked the association with the purpose of planning the plantings for the final projects this year. In that discussion, the topic came up of what divisions from our garden will go to other gardens. My friend has a saying, “We garden for others”. There is wisdom in that perspective. Gardening fills our mind and gives us hundreds of happy hours each year, and part of that is because it gets us thinking of what others may enjoy.
This year we are dividing some of our “Blue Mouse Ears” from the garden here and giving them new homes when we rehab the Welcome Garden. Another hosta, an “Elegans” is being divided and going into a neighboring homeowner’s garden. Our garden stays fit and trim, our association’s landscaper does the heavy lifting of digging and dividing 😊, and if I make room, I get the opportunity to consider what new (ahem daylily) additions make sense to introduce next year 😊😊.
About this time of year I start to assess fall moves to optimize next year’s garden. Last fall we moved out two large Aureomarginata hostas from our garden. They found new homes around the association where they weren’t crowded and could really shine, and did really well this year in their new locations (yeay!). My repurpose for that newly empty space in our garden, unfortunately, did not go as planned. The tulips did “meh” and the asian lilies gifted to me did not do well at all. Reason? Mr. and Mrs. Squirrel and friends thought they were their food. I have since purchased repellent, and that seems to be working. There is still, however, a large empty space in two areas of the garden.
Meanwhile, in another area of the garden, a delightful Ivory Queen hosta gets overexposure to the sun each year.
Time to give it a new home, in the more shaded area where one of the Aureomarginata hostas was. It will fit that space well, and look nice amongst the other “blue” hostas.
Maybe I should move this Patriot hosta too – to the more shaded spot where the other Aureomarginata hosta was.
It will fit in well and brighten up an area that gets pretty unremarkable after the asian lilies bloom.
With two hostas moved out of sunnier areas, does that mean that I now have spots for two new sunshine loving daylilies? Possibly … Hard to say …
And now for a few last pics of the mid-July daylily blooms.
I love it when there are two daylily blooms on a scape, and three are even better! Two sets of three are quite a treat! The bottom set was tucked under the taller scapes, close to the ground, but not to be missed.
And now for some more evidence of seed pods forming. Looks like there will be an abundance of “chances” again this year for 2021 seedlings.
And a couple more mid-July pics for good measure.
We interrupt mid-July pictures for a few “today” pictures.
If you look closely, in the last picture you can see that the Purple D’Oro daylilies are starting to form seed pods. The Purple D’Oros will live on in the existing plants, the pictures, and, hopefully, in seedlings next year. We’ll see 3-4 years from now what we got with a little help from our friends the butterflies, the bees, and maybe the hummingbirds.
And now back to mid-July
More July garden pictures.
The gardens have been absolutely full of color for the past few weeks. Almost everything was blooming at once – all the daylilies except the Marque Moon – and all the early blooming hostas, plus some late clematis and the hibiscus. I spent all the free time I could spare just enjoying it. Words don’t fully describe the beauty so here’s a few pictures. More to come over the next few days.
Yesterday the daylilies in our garden started blooming.
Today, even more!
The tall pink ‘Elodie’ asian lilies out front are blooming. They used to be double but over the years have moved back to single. Still beautiful!
Many years ago a work friend and I traded asian lily divisions. I brought her some pink asian lilies and she brought me these lovely white asian lilies.
The buds (and subsequently the outside of the blooms) have a tinge of pink.
Yesterday, on the eve of Independence Day, the hibiscus put on a beautiful show of 8 red blooms. It was quite a treat!
Today, more beautiful blooms.
As if on cue, the Blue Mouse Ears hostas are really starting to bloom,
and the white asian lilies are blooming as well.
Happy Independence Day!