Lovely photos. It's one of Zuzu's kitties - we have a dog who is as spoiled as all of Zuzu's kitties!
Here's one I took of a friend's garden. He really impressed me with his garden! He has over 1000 roses and over 200 clematises along with countless lilies. It's a beautiful spot that can't be seen from the street.
Just saw this thread...wish I'd looked earlier because I've needed a good dose of summer again. You all have beautiful pictures. I really loved the daylilies as that's one thing that grows quite easily in Kansas. Also the clematis, roses, lilies...well all of it. This old farmstead is kind of hard on things due to wind and sun, but what does grow usually grows pretty well. I'm afraid my beds aren't nearly as neat and polished as many of yours, but I love them. I don't have much to share from last summer as I was unable to get out from March to July, but here is one from early September when my Sweet Autumn Clematis took off up a cedar tree by the back porch. I've heard that vines can kill a tree and I'm really hoping this one does as the tree makes a terrible mess all over the porch, but I can't convince DH to take it out. I have to admit it does shade the porch and keep the sun from coming in so much in the summer, but I'm sure we could find a way to manage that until something better could be grown. Sorry about the ugly cords. I had them out to charge a battery and left them hanging out in the picture.
Here are a couple from the year before that probably occurred last spring/early summer too, but I just wasn't out to see them. The plants are all in their same places so I'll pretend like this is last summer's. I'm afraid I haven't been good about marking all my plants so I'm not sure what lilies these are.
Thanks. It's amazing sometimes what happens without fully planning it Sometimes I get things put together nicely on purpose, but as often as not they just kind of evolve on their own.
Stormy, I love your spring bulbs. Do you lift them after blooming or just plant around them? I'd love to have mine that thick, but then I end up digging into them when I'm trying to put in other things, especially in the fall. Guess I need to draw maps.
Well they're certainly beautiful. I'm hoping to start getting mine marked next spring as they come up. You must really look forward to spring with such a show in store!
Oh, and yes that is blue larkspur with the lilies...it's so pretty with so many things, but I have to watch that it doesn't seed where the animals might graze as it is poisonous.
Thank you, Willow. This year I added, just in "shoes and socks" type of bulbs over 2000 tiny blue underplantings of muscari, squill and chionodoxa. I also added another 2000 or so larger bulbs of all types.
Stormy! Thats a beautiful Butterfly Bench in your May picture.
Polly! A word of encouragment from me here. I was dubious about poppy success until it worked for me this year.
Just a note of early spring weeding tasks.The germinated poppies have bluegreen deep cut leaves, and dont Preen before or after you sow the seeds like I did. I took out a bunch of Black poppy seeds last fall.
Thanks, everyone. The bench is actually a hummingbird, but everybody thinks it's a butterfly. I chose the hummingbird, not only because of love for that creature, but all of the butterfly benches that I looked at were more narrow and shallow. I wanted a bench where 2 could sit comfortably. I love to sit there in the spring and enjoy the bulb show.
GE, I've decided that I'm not going to put down an antigerminator until July. I figure that will give all scattered seeds and reseeders a chance to start. This will take a lot of courage on my part as I still get a lot of weeds even with using stuff like Preen. Maybe when my beds fill in a little more, it won't be so bad. Because of the voles, I have to keep the mulching pretty light.
Stormy! good luck it will be a beautiful serene spot.I can hear Orioles in the dappled shade.
Willow! Yes what variety larkspur is that.
I have ordered dark blue from Fragrentpaths.I read larkspur isnt a perennial but reseeds and gives the illusion of comming up in the same place year after year.
I also have a variety on my saved cart at Bluestone.
Carolyn, That Elodie Lily is very pretty. Is that an Asiatic? Is it more pink or peach?
2000 of those little mixed blue bulbs didn't even put a dent in underplanting all of the tulips and daffs. But it will put spots of color through out the beds. I will have to keep adding more each year.
SallyG gave me the idea of planting 1 or 2 Muscari in with every tulip or daff planting to be able to use the reemerged fall foliage as a marker for the other bulbs. I plan on planting muscari in the spring too, so I can cover a lot of the bulbs that have lost their markers.
Ge, The anemones are very nice too. I had some come up for the first time this past spring. I'm waiting to see how they look this spring before adding more. I was able to buy white ones individually, but the other colors all came in mixes. Mixes don't appeal to me, but I tried a few.
That tulip bed is 150 x 30'. It takes a lot of bulbs to fill it. This year I added bulbs on the outside of the tree line and mixed in a lot of red & white striped tulips through out the bed and added more daffs to prolong their season.
These critters eat bulbs...amaryllis, lycoris, lily, crinum, glads...lost all my muscari to them...and they get big...used to be afraid of them, but anger took care of that...grin. Keep my pruners in my pocket any time I am outside...dead and I don't have to touch them...grin
ge and Stormy, I believe that larkspur was just from a generic mixed larkspur packet I had scattered in one of the wilder corners. I really liked the blue so saved the seed specifically from those and rescattered around the lilies. Usually you still come up with a variety of colors, I guess due to cross pollination, but these seemed to come up pretty true. I have some pink larkspur that have also stayed truer to parent, but I know that doesn't always work. If you want perennial though, I believe there are some of the delphinium that grow more like an annual larkspur in form...maybe Blue Mirror or Blue Butterfly...but will come back like a perennial, and of course have that incredible blue.
Wow Stormy! you've done an awfully lot of bulb planting. Where do you get your bulbs in such quantities? How do you deal with dying foliage when your other plants are coming up? I have so much to learn!
Carolyn, I love your Elodie lily. I've seen it in catalogs and it looks like it really is a pretty one. I think the larkspur would be gorgeous with it.
Does anyone know what this iris might be? I received it from a friend who couldn't remember the name and it's multiplied really well, but I don't know how to address it, other than "Sweetie", when I'm in the garden.
Absolutely gorgeous beds, Mary! have you considered putting scilla in. Mine spread like crazy, but don't seem hindered at all by the perennials that come up after them. The scilla campanulata Sky Blue is the one I have. Or is that what you ar calling squill? I'm not too familiar with the common names on things. If you don't have Sky Blue, I'd be more than happy to send you down a large clump this spring, with whatever else it is I was going to send you (I have it on my calendar).
I had Blue Butterfly on order but its 14 inches tall and I wanted something taller.Seeds are comming from Fragrant paths as soon as they get my order.
They are hard to find.The pale blues are in the usual shops ThomMorg,Annies,Burpees.
I know some of my posts sound really disjointed, but my silly dial-up takes about 20-30 minutes to upload a picture, so from the time I start 'til I get it up I can sound like I've really lost track of what's going on...which I guess I have. Oh well...such is life. At least it's not actually my brain...yet!
Stormy, I've not heard of "shoes and socks" bulbs, what are those. I love the idea of the muscari as bulb markers, that's brilliant. I have thousands of those so it would be quite easy to do. Thanks!
Moonhowl, Gorgeous Lycoris and UGLY bug. Glad he doesn't live here. Bulb eating bugs would just be too much. The voles are bad enough!! Love your defensive technique!
Willow, That Iris is gorgeous and there are several that look like that. I would post it on the Iris forum and ask.
I buy bulbs from lots of different places, but yes, always in large quantities. I shop each variety for price because I find that a supplier who is cheap on one variety is often expensive on another. It's very confusing when they all start coming in, because their "Partners" might come in weeks apart from two different companies. It makes the planting season challenging, but at least they don't have to be watered while waiting!
Polly, Thank you. I added a few hundred Scilla "Spring Beauty" this fall in my beds around the house. I didn't want muscari there, because I find the foliage makes those areas look messy.
Willow, I just let the foliage stay until it dies. I cut all of the spent bloom stalks right away, but tolerate the messy foliage. The Alliums, Iris, Poppy, Hosta and other emerging perennial foliage helps to hide it, but it does take some tolerating. It really is necessary, especially with the tulips to leave it alone, unwrapped to try to assure that they return.
Polly, Thank you, yes I would love some of your Scilla (Squill). That is so nice of you. It will take a number of years to cover all of this area. That tulip bed is my small one.
Willow, shoes and socks just means planting shorter smaller blooms to grow at the base of the larger plants. With bulbs, generally, you can just add some of the smaller bulbs in the same holes, on top of the other bulbs as they don't need to be planted so deeply.
My friend must have a few million muscari on her property and whenever she brings me a plant from her garden, I usually find 25 or 30 muscari bulbs wrapped up in the roots. I separate them and plant them anywhere I see bulb markers.
Thanks Stormy. I've always left my foliage too, but I don't have anywhere close to the quantity of bulbs you do. They're absolutely beautiful. I'm surprised you don't have accidents due to people taling too good a look. I've never had trouble with bulb munchers, that I know of so I should try more.
Oh moonhowl, that's one ugly hopper. I thought we had every type that could hop, but I've never seen one that big, certainly nothing that eats bulbs. I get frustrated with them eating many of the mid-late summer flowers and foliage, but they don't seem to keep things from coming back. We entertain ourselves on summer evenings by catching them and throwing them to the chickens. He he he!
Thank you, Willow. The rush hour traffic always backs up along there and the commuters often talk to me when I'm working out there. Last year, one of them put some photos that they took in my mail box. I have come home to find a couple of people out there with cameras.
There used to be a bus stop on my corner and the folks waiting for the bus used to give me a daily running commentary on my plantings!! I was beginning to think I was community gardening. LOL
OK, Mary, I have you down for scilla and Aichi, LOL.
I don't know why i always forget about Stokes, Jo Ann. I love the company. They are local. the seeds always have good germination. I need a large amount of forget me not seeds for my creek beds, I'll check them.
That's funny...but if ever got stuck in rush hour trafic I'd certainly like something beautiful to look at. You've given "the commute home" a personal touch! The only things we get stuck behind out here are slow moving farm equipment and an occasional buggy out around Yoder. I did, one year, find pictures from my place in a locally produced calendar. That was kind of a shock! You may have to check out the calandars produced in your area.
Oh thank you ge, this looks like delicious perusing for this afternoon! :) I'll have to get a good cup of coffee or tea and some pumpkin bread to munch while I shop...just can't let DH know I have drinks by the computer! And I wonder why my weight doesn't go down.
Carolyn, I have my eye on some things from Swallowtail seeds too. They have some seeds I want to get going for hummingbirds. I just had my first time keeping some as they migrated through and I'm hoplessly hooked. From my years in the mountains, I probably miss the hummers the most. I can keep calling this iris "Sweetie", as she is beautiful and very healthy and hardy. My friend said she knew it was originally named, but couldn't remember what. I'm afraid I'm often guilty of not remembering either. I'm going to take Pirl's advice this year and use my camara to help my memory...of course I still have to write the name down, but it will certainly be easier.
I am only buying seeds I can early-winter sow or put directly in the ground where they will gro.
I have a nice collection of Nastuerteums for container combos with coleus.
Just placed an order w/Dianes for Zinnia Lilliput and larkspur galalie its tall and bright blue, also Black eyed susan vine.
I'm looking for some airy things to self sow in the lily beds. That's why I want the forget me nots, plus I'll be putting them along the creek. And I succumbed to poppies, even though they aren't airy.
I had a woman contact me from South Africa and said she would send me some Dutch forget me not seeds. Now how wonderful is that! Daves Garden is wonderful!
Oh, and I just thought of another you may like, the Chinese Forget-me-not, Cynoglossum amabile. It's a reseeding annual and gets about 12-18" tall, and is a striking azure blue. I wish I had a good pic of just the Cynoglossum, but you can get a good idea from this pic with a stem of them in front of the Daisies.
stormyla, willowwind - Queen Kong is in her 3rd year and stands around 5' tall. A thin stake assits. Lily came from Buggy Crazy. I mistakenly said early August, it initiated bloom this year on July 7th
I've got lots of seeds of Cynoglossum amabile, and maybe some other things you may like too. I've got plenty of mixed Shirley Poppy seeds and all red Shirley Poppies. Hmmm...seems I should have some P.somniferum I saved too. I'll be looking through the seeds and putting some goodies together for ya :-)
Beautiful, beautiful pictures. I love blooming with reckless abandon! I think the poppies are quite airy...at least the annual ones. They grow well for me here, but quit as soon as things warm up too much, so seeding them in early would be good for me too. How about columbine for reseeding airiness, I've loved the way they look around our old playhouse. Also guara (not sure of the spelling) which always remind me of clusters of butterflies. I've grown those from seed without much difficulty and they have an airy look clear through the summer.
Oh gemini, we certainly do seem to think along the same lines. Those are beautiful. I really love the frilly pink ones. Tansy is another one I love for the airy look. It's tiny daisies are so pretty with roses, and the grey-green foliage is beautiful once the blooms wear out. I think it overseeds for some people, but I haven't had trouble with too much, just enough to keep it going.
jmorth, no wonder it's called Queen Kong at 5 ft. I would have to stake it here as we can get quite windy, but it really is a beauty. It would definitly be worth the time.
LOL, I found yet 2 more plant stakes in the garden yesterday. I have to stake most of my lilies. I quit growing Glads because I didn't like them enough for all of the staking they required. But, I'll stake lilies all day!
That's beautiful too. Sorry your weather is so bad...I'm afraid you got it from us. We're sunny and clear now, but were down to 2 degrees this morning. Our water froze so DH had to run home to thaw things out in the pumphouse, but I did get my morning coffee made just before it shut off. Here's a bed by our chickenhouse from 2008. I lost the Heritage rose last spring in a late freeze, really frustrating, but I've replaced it with a Fairy, that isn't so striking color-wise, but will be much tougher.
We have a well, too, but the pump is in a heated garage, luckily. They are a bear to prime, let me tell you, so I really hate when something happens. I would love an immersible pump, but the well is around 400 feet from the house, in the creek, and impossible to get to in the winter if anything went wrong with the pump.
Whew, Polly!...that would be tough. Ours is just about 30 yds. from the house. We don't have trouble too often, and keep a heat light on it, but when it gets down to zero-ish, even that won't do if a wind comes up. Sometimes its frustrating, but at least there's no water bill.
Gemini, a glad that didn't need staking would be fun to try. Do you know where you found it?
As long as it's working well it's fine. And in the summer we can get to it to have water delivered if we run low, which we have on a couple of occassions, when something happened, like a hose broke. But I dread the foot valve going. It has gone twice, never during the winter though.
We don't have any other water available here, so can't even get city water.
Gemini, They are very nice Glads and so are those poppies. I had bought some dwarf hardy glads. I think they were called "redwing". They were red with white picotee margins. They did not overwinter or the voles got them, not sure which.
Those late freezes last year were really tough on all of the shrubs.
I love having the well water, but we have some overflow issues when we have a lot of rain that can worry me. We have a filter on the house water, and a reverse osmosis pump for our drinking water, but now that we have a paddock on the north side of the barn some of the overflow is not so healthy I'm afraid. The good thing is that DH works in town and we can just bring home a couple of jugs of town water if needed. Our worst problems have been ice storms. We have a generator for the house so we can keep heat, freezer and refridgerator working if the wires are down, but we don't have a way to get power out to the pumphouse, which of course has an electric pump, so we're without water. We have just brought in big jugs and caught melt-off for the animals. 4 years ago we had to go 11 days without power, and that got really old!
Thanks for the glad source. I'll watch for them this spring.
We've been here 20 years. And never had our water tested. I'm afraid what I would find if we did. But it's spring fed, and it's cold as heck, even in summer, and delicious. And the creek it's in runs through our 63 acres to get here, so no one polluting it along the way, and before that it's all forest. We do have a house filter just to take out sediment. Our worst problem is ice storms also. We were stranded unable to get out for ten days (you beat me by one, willowind) a few years ago. We have a generator and a fireplace, but it was very inconvenient. we didn't have nearly enough gas for the generator, so just ran things off and on.
Amen!...but I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Well maybe during ice storms. I had to get up at 4:00 AM to get into town, take a shower at work and be on the floor for report at 6. Ugh!
Stormy, we've talked about getting another, but you know how that goes...seems like there's always something else needed ahead of it. Oh well, at least I know the routine. Funny to think that even in the 40's and 50's there were many people who still hadn't graduated to rural power.
Great gardens willow and gemini-sage.
Gemini! I believe you posted a pic of pink Somnifariums growing with Lilies a couple of years ago.It has been my goal to have that eversince.
I'm almost there.
It takes a number of years for poppies to self sow that thick from a 100 seed pack from a garden store.
These pictures are wonderful.
Thanks Gen! Ya know, if the Poppies are happy with the spot, they reseed like mad the 2nd year. Come to think of it, the pink ones in the above pic are 2nd year volunteers, all from a few pinches of seed tossed out in '07.
I just found a better pic of the Iris that is similar to Willow's.
Thanks so much! This was my 3rd year with this garden, and it seems my nose was pointed at the ground for most of the first 2 years. Then this spring and summer, blooms were often so abundant I was almost overwhelmed! In May and June I just meandered around with a grin I couldn't wipe off, LOL.
Deck sitting, now that's something I haven't done in 4 years!! I went to the doctor this week and she told me that I had a vitamin D deficiency and that I needed to spend more time outdoors. What??? Must be a by product of shade gardening!! LOL
I have lots of red Monarda, but this year I finally found one that doesn't flop. I have a whole lot of Jacob Cline and also Fireball, which I love, but they always flop. This one was simply labeled as Monarda Didyma and stood tall and straight all summer.
The Monardas (with shearing) were great rebloomers all summer.
Stormy, I've been reading where some members are pinching tall or flopping Monardas back for shorter, bushier growth with success. I'm considering only pinching the stems on the outside of the clump, thinking that may provide enough support for the taller, inner stems. I love watching the hummingbirds fight over them!
Gemini, I didn't completely shear them.. I selectively cut earlier blooming stems down to about a foot in height. I remember reading some years back, that you should always divide the outsides of the clumps to keep the centers from dying out. I have been doing that and spreading them throughout the beds. But also, I find the shadier the spot, the more they flop.
Stormy, from what I gathered (from a thread on the Perennials Forum about pinching), it was a matter of pinching stems back when they were about 18" tall (before they started blooming), stimulating them to grow bushy side sprouts.
Stormy I believe they are looking for sunlight,mine flop in part sun ,they are at the edge of the border and I have a piece of border decore to keep them from overhanging too much.
I will try the pinch next year.
Ge, sorry to hear of your results...if I rtemember correctly, mine started with a leaf cutting and it's been very successful here. It's a self-seeding perennial - Heliopsis helianthoides -'Lorraine Sunshine' (the longest blooming daisy in garden).
Crimson is appx. 18-20".+
Trumpet's name - not sure, someone once suggested 'Pink Perfection'.
Jmorth, that trumpet does look like Pink Perfection. I ordered some seeds from the Summerhill co-op for a variegated Heliopsis, but it didn't specify the variety. Yours looks shorter than the ones I've seen. How tall is it?
I have a note that Rosellas Dream is there also.
There are lilies crammed into that short spot.
I bought DL's from B&D half price sale this summer and there were 2 lily bulbs in with one of the bunches.They bare in there too.
I cant wait to see if they come up AND what color they are.
If the stars were aligned right when I planted them they will be pinks and whites.
This is Pirl's thread. Maybe she'll come along and start one.
GE, I have my Phlox David planted along side Phlox Starfire. This year I decided to add some blue Phlox. The blue Phlox brought mildew into the bed and it spread to the other two, which never had it before. It also could be that the humidity was so high this summer.
Someone told me to spray the blue with baking soda & water. I did, but I must have used too much baking soda as it immediately wilted the foliage and I lost the blue bloom this year. Luckily, the plants survived.
My - so much information - it's taking me awhile to catch up but great reading and beautiful pictures. I'm keeping a running tab on my notepad of all the flowers I'm seeing that I want. Wish I could really send this to Santa!
Here's my memory of summer gardens from today. We will have our last fresh bacon and tomato sandwiches tonight for supper. I always hate to give up that good taste and go to store bought. We can and freeze all we can, but you can't put that on a sandwich too well!
jmorth, I would really like to try "Lorraine Sunshine" here. Kansas was made for heliopsis, though the shade might be helpful with the varigated foliage. I'll have to look for some sources. I also really love the Crimson Pixie. Since they've formed a field I'm assuming they may multiply like the Lollipops. Like ge's mine have really gone to town. I'm not complaining though, they have such a bright pretty look.
Carolyn, that is a beautiful area. Your iris does look like mine. Gemini also has one of these mysterious beauties. "Pass the Wine" sounds good. I'll write that down with a possibly in front of it, but at least I'll know which one I'm referring to now if I put it in my notes. It multiplies really well so I will be needing to move parts of it soon.
I would say when they are around 2' tall, maybe early June for us. And I would pinch the front ones back and let the ones behind grow tall, as I think Neal said. I think you can pretty much pinch them back anytime up until they get buds, but it will delay flowering then. So at about 2' for tall ones like David.
Thanks Polly,I did get split blooms where the deer had eaten them.
The Davids are in the middle if a group with Lilies behind and Husker red Penstamons in front.
I will cut at 2 feet to see what happens.There is always the possibility the Huskers wont appear this spring.I bought a 4 pack and they struggled in 3 places,lost 1 and the other 2 looked OK in October.
I cut Davids to the ground in Oct.
I bought 4 packs at EarlyBird on RT 13 in Ithaca.They are my fav when I visit my sister.
I also bought 2 packs of Agastache Apache Sunset.All have survived and havnt disapointed me,I love them in the DL's and Liliums.
Gemini-sage and Willowind- I love the free flow of your plants, so beautiful-- it is like one color flows so easy to another. I wish I had you guys around for input and support-- I'm new at creating a garden, it seems as if it is so easy for you.
I just love all the beautiful pictures that this group has posted,
Thanks cedar, but really, its just a matter of trial and error. Every summer I'm out there digging something up and moving it (at the wrong time of year) because it just doesn't work visually. My gardens here are 3 years in the making, and at first everything came from my old garden. While I did know all the plants well at that time, some of them changed their habits due to the environment change, and didn't quite have the appearance I'd anticipated. And of course anything new purchased from a picture often looks quite different in the garden. So now I just see that as part of gardening- a constant shifting things around. And you DO have us for input and support!- just post pics and you'll get more suggestions than you'll know what to do with, LOL.
I'll certainly second Gemini's comments. The beauty of DG is that you have all kinds of people around for advice and ideas. I keep a legal pad (started out with just a little notepad) by the computer just for writing down ideas and combinations that I particularly like.
Pirl really did open a treasure chest with this thread, as you can see from the length of it. Many, many people have contributed and enjoyed each others beautiful summer gardens. I think the seed and plant companies should underwrite us as this has certainly added to my list of hopeful purchases. What a fun way to play with color, texture and size. There are so many different artists here, and different styles...that's what makes it so much fun. I'm glad you've enjoyed it cedar cottage, and hope you'll join us for more fun and learning. Believe me, there are people here who really are experts!
GE, Gemini and Willow are all right on. I cannot believe how much I have picked up from DG. I spend all winter going through other DGer's garden photos and taking ideas and inspiration and planning what I want to do as a result of their photos. I too have seed catalogs and 3x5 cards on my computer desk so I can jot things down as I go. Not only have I learned alot, but I also enjoy spending the time I cannot be in my garden in this way.