tulips, daffodils, and hyacinth

Spring is coming soon, and all the bulbs are under the snow gathering their strength to push up and start “singing”. Here’s last Spring’s chorus:april 24 013april 24 014These pictures were taken April 24. So was the one below, of plain yellow trumpet narcissus. april 24 009

By April 29 almost all of the narcissus were up and blooming.

april 29 048By the end of April some hyacinth and tulips were blooming, too:april 29 013

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????home may 1 022home may 1 066A late tulip blooming May 17. By then many of the narcissus are done.

May 17 068???????????????????????????????By May 20th we can start planting some hardy annuals and vegetables outside, and the only remaining early Spring flowers are the late poeticus narcissus, see at the bottom of the photo above.

in praise of daylilies

The first daylily of the season last year was “Itty bitty”, a small, short double yellow. It was followed quickly by that old faithful “Stella D’oro”.June 25 006???????????????????????????????July is the daylily month in my garden. If I had to name my favorite plant, this would be it–hemerocallis. They are beautiful, completely reliable, not expensive, easy to grow, and generous–plant one and two years later you can dig it up and separate it into three. Some, like hyperion, are fragrant. For me, the yellows and whites seem the most fragrant. Here are some of my white.cream and yellow daylilies:

Stella in a large clump that should be dug up and divided.

Stella in a large clump that should be dug up and divided.

large, substantial medium shade of yellow

large, substantial medium shade of yellow

a patch of hyperion

a patch of hyperion

a nice lemony clear yellow, a smallish plant with medium-size blooms

a nice lemony clear yellow, a smallish plant with medium-size blooms

this one has substantial blooms, a dark, saturated yellow color--this one, whose name I do not know, grows incredibly fast--I could have a hundred clumps if I wanted to. Now I have about 8 clumps of this one.

this one has substantial blooms, a dark, saturated yellow color–this one, whose name I do not know, grows incredibly fast–I could have a hundred clumps if I wanted to. Now I have about 8 clumps of this one.

We often find little tree frogs in daylily blossoms, ready to ambush unwary insects.

the tree frogs like daylilies, too.

the tree frogs like daylilies, too.\

 

like this one! watch out little bug!

like this one! watch out little bug!

 

cream-colored daylilies, large and very fragrant. Sadly, I don't remember the name.

cream-colored daylilies, large and very fragrant. Sadly, I don’t remember the name.

 

another very pale yellow, with ruffled edges

another very pale yellow, with ruffled edges

On the other side of the spectrum, there are the dark reds–here are a few of those:July 27 2010 054This close-up photo doesn’t show it but this is a petite flower, maybe three inches, with a beautiful dense dusty color and thick petals. July 2010 017This red has a lot of warmth to it. It’s one of my favorites and I’ve dug up clumps to divide but it grows slowly.July 2010 047This is another slow grower (meaning the clump doesn’t expand quickly). This one gets sunburned, and I should move it to a semi-shaded spot. By the end of the day if it is sunny, the red turns to brown. July 2010 081Another warm red daylily, this one is quite tall. It also is not a fast grower.various photos 086This is a gorgeous lily, called “Crimson Shadows”. It grows like crazy–I dig up clumps every year! And re-plant smaller clumps, because I love it so much. It is a short plant and the blooms are large but on short scapes. In spite of that, because of the color it stands out in the garden.garden mid July 087This is another of my favorites. It’s a very dark red, tell, and with very substantial, ruffled petals. The texture of the petals is amazing–velvety, and sparkling. It also gets burned in too much hot sun, and its root clump expands very slowly. Last summer I moved this to a shadier spot. Here is another picture of this beautiful daylily:???????????????????????????????In between there are apricots, oranges, pinks, and lavenders. Some are double, but most of mine are single. I have a few with vivid eyezones, and some with fancy ruffled edges. Here is a gallery:

eyezone

eyezone

double, "Frances Joiner"

double, “Frances Joiner”

nice ruffled edging

nice ruffled edging

 

eyezone, midrib line, and ruffled edging

eyezone, midrib line, and ruffled edging

 

eyezone

eyezone

a small flower--"Bertie Ferris" with great coloring and a ruffled edge. Also a really fast grower!

a small flower–“Bertie Ferris” with great coloring and a ruffled edge. Also a really fast grower!

 

a very dramatic eyezone here!

a very dramatic eyezone here!

small flower, great substance to the bloom, with a eyezone

small flower, great substance to the bloom, with a eyezone and veining

I really like the subtle shades of peach, pink/orange, salmon–the colors that are hard to name. Here are some examples:

"Fairy Tale Pink" a well-known award-winner, for good reason

“Fairy Tale Pink” a well-known award-winner, for good reason

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"Prairie Blue Eyes"

“Prairie Blue Eyes”

???????????????????????????????July 2010 041I love the way lilies catch the light. As everyone knows, they’re called daylilies because each bloom lasts one day. They require us to enjoy the present moment because they are so fleeting. Here are a few pictures of the daylilies holding the light of their one day:July 2010 012July 2010 055July 25 062July 25 082???????????????????????????????various photos 039

the blues

Blues are the best! I don’t have many true blue flowers. There’s a reliable burst of blue every early spring with ajuga and forget-me nots.

ajuga

ajuga

forget-me-nots are everywhere in our gardens:

forget me nots

forget me nots

The clear, light blue of mertensia is easy to miss in the front yard unless you look closely.

bluebells

bluebells

More forget-me-nots:

forget me notThe little chiondoxa, scilla and muscari take more looking–we don’t have huge numbers of them. I keep hoping they’ll spread faster.

glory of the snow

glory of the snow

blue scilla

blue scilla

muscari

muscari

Later on we have the perennial bachelor’s button, centaura, that blooms from May to August:may 19 166But the real blue splendor comes in June and July from delphinium:??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????july 9 026June 2011 001June 2011 036sky blue delphinium