Garden log, 6.4.13

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What’s Blooming Today?

Hemerocallis ‘Grand Opera’ bloomed this morning.

Hemerocallis 'Grand Opera' ('Grand Opera' daylily)

I adore the clear red color of this flower. It’s not muddied at all by hints of blue. It’s a short plant, perhaps 24 inches tall, and sits in the front of my south-side “hot” border. It pairs well with my tiger lilies and gold yarrow.

gold yarrow Achillea sp.

tiger lily lilium tigrinum

I still have perhaps two dozen small pots of seedlings remaining from my winter sowing project that I keenly want to get into the garden. I hope I may have time this evening to sneak into the garden and get them planted.

Garden log 6.3.13

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Another slightly frenetic week ahead of me, and I am longing to be back in the garden. This lovely fellow is blooming for me today.

yellow lily and rose campion

It came from the big-box store in a sack of lily bulbs that I swore were supposed to be a red-violet color. Have these never bloomed before? Still, a pleasant surprise. Yellow goes with this garden’s color scheme, fortunately.

And the Clematis x  jackmanii survived their earlier, impromptu move without too much distress.clematis

After a hot, dry week last week, we had rain last night. Rain enough, actually, to tip over my water barrel and knock its tap off. Add another item to the to-do list. Cloudy with intermittent rain, 80 degrees.

Garden log 5.30.13

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A terribly busy work week, and thus not much time spent in the garden.

ladybug on salviaLadybugs still everywhere; I must have lots for them to eat. On a quick stroll through this morning, I saw two rabbits. I should be annoyed by their presence, but when the damage isn’t obvious they’re too cute to be annoying. Have also been trying to make mental notes on various bird calls to identify, but the fellows all talk at once; it’s very tricky to hear anything individually. My daylilies ‘Chicago Royal,’ ‘Prince Redbird’ and ‘Grand Opera’ are nearly ready to open. Oriental lilies also ready to open, assuming they’re not nipped overnight by deer. The Phlomis bloom is mostly spent; I wonder if it will rebloom? Rose campion blooming everywhere. Need to transplant a Phormium to the blue slope garden; it’s not getting enough sun where it is. Clematis jackmanii bloomed today for the first time.

Clematis jackmaniiSaw my first butterfly of the season, Papilio troilus, Spicebush Swallowtail, I think. Also spotted first dragonfly of the year (very brown, unremarkable). Nice, toasty 88 degrees. No wind.

Garden log, 5.28.13

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Today was a day for long-postponed garden chores: cutting back stalks of bearded and Dutch iris, deadheading roses and peonies, pruning back boxwoods. I am halfway through the boxwood hedge, reducing each plant by a third and thinning them to provide better air circulation. Removed some twiggy branches off a hickory and a droopy elm branch that had started to interfere with foot traffic through the garden. Pinched back Viburnum tinus and the camellias in the white garden.

Over the weekend, a neighbor was rumored to have found a copperhead in her garden. This reminded me that they often nest in piles of leaves, of which I have more than one or two lying around. Pulled on the long pants and rubber boots; got to work shredding the pile closest to the kids’ play area; hope to get to them all before the weekend. Sunny, 83 degrees.