It has been scorching hot here with no rain in sight, so Hold Your Horses didn't last long enough to open up all the way. It is actually in some partial shade too!
Here are the ones blooming today.
Aaron's Little Whopper (A Joiner 1999)
Regal Air (Wild 1963)
Too Marvelous (Sellers 1975)
Watchyl Arsonist (Kreger 2004) This one was gone by the time I got home. TET
Spanish Sketch (Roberts 1989) I got this one in 2010
How hot has it been in NM? I know ya'll are normally a little hotter than us - it is supposed to be 106 today here!! WITH HUMIDITY!! It was almost suffocating as I left for work this morning - hate to think about trying to plant DLs this afternoon!
[quote="gen2026"]Love that Strutters Ball ... nice photos!
How hot has it been in NM? I know ya'll are normally a little hotter than us - it is supposed to be 106 today here!! WITH HUMIDITY!! It was almost suffocating as I left for work this morning - hate to think about trying to plant DLs this afternoon!
It has not been below 93 for 3 weeks and absolutely no rain. Of course it is a Dry Heat! Hee Hee...It is downright miserable. Isn't 106 more than you normally get in Arkansas?
Love that Baby Boomer!! Well, it is not uncommon for us to hit temps over 100 - but it is definitely miserable outside when we do so! I think last summer, we broke a record that was set in 1980 for the number of consecutive days over 100. Also last summer it broke 110 several days!!! YUCK!! I never remember it being that hot before, but it looks like we are on track to possibly do that again this summer. My husband said about a week ago that he thought we needed to move up North for a couple of months! LOL... I am going to have to tell him that wouldn't do much good unless we head to Alaska or something! Maybe we should head south...as in the Southern Hemisphere!!
Oh well, my crepe myrtles seem to be loving this heat - they are all blooming like crazy!!
Baby Boomer has a small flower, but it really is pretty isn't it?
I meant to respond about the pictures and let it slip my mind. I am using my little Canon SD1200 digital, set on auto at 3X for quality and try to hold really still...
Does anyone know offhand if there is a daylily very much like "MEAN AS A SNAKE" with the same coloring? AND the same shaping? It is so gorgeous, and I am having a problem finding it. Here is a pic of it.
I like that Russian Rhapsody too! and PRICE is always an issue with me! :) Just getting started good in DLs and gardening and I lose too many plants to plant something expensive! I haven't lost as many DLs as other things over the past few years - but I still would rather spread my flower budget over more instead of just one or two expensive things!
Went outside this morning and WOW my Sunrise Sunset is all aglow!. The flower is right at 7" and the color is beautiful. Also had another Dena Marie bloom (that is also gorgeous) and a new Zella Virginia. A Quad of Evita and another beautiful Guadalajara, along with another Peach Double, twin Asheville Belle Chere and another quad of Cee Cee. I noticed the scapes are really short on Zella this year.
Finally! Here is the Regal Majesty like it is supposed to look.
I also have a Sparks Cool Mountain Mist that is more to the correct color. I was hoping it would be a little more lavendar. I wonder if because they were new is why the color was not correct. I also found out by going to the Daylily show locally, that I should NOT have added mushroom compost or bone meal to my daylily mix when I planted them. The other thing I did, was change the way I was watering them. I installed good drip lines and made sure everyone was getting the water they are supposed to have.
Now the blooms look better as well as the foliage.
Sparks Cool Mountain Mist
Guadalajara - twins
Apache War Dance - This actually looks more rusty color than bright red.
Love the Apache War Dance and the Sunrise Sunset ... but they are all beautiful.
Why did they say you were not supposed to use mushroom compost? I am curious... it is not readily available here but I had looked for it to improve one of my beds... guess it is a good thing I didn't find it!
Gen2026 I'm with you! The Sunrise Sunset Beautiful was 7" across! Unbelievable.
My soil here in Rio Rancho is very alkaline. I forget exactly what she said about the mushroom compost, but evidently it causes the soil to be MORE alkaline. Same for the Bone Meal (as it is really calcium). I just used the Hooker (?) formula or whatever that I found at Tinker's Gardens thinking I was doing the right thing. Alfalfa pellets, blood meal, compost, etc. etc.
My soil (if you can find it) is really crummy, so when I first moved here, I added bag after bag of cottonseed mulch called Back to Earth. Gradually I've added more planting beds for perenials and annuals etc. and have had to really dig down deep past the caliche then add in a lot of soils, mulches, peat, nutrients and whatever else you can think of to get the soil at least workable. I have sand in some areas that had to be fixed up with additives. When I dug my backyard up for my PVC pipes and irrigation system, I had to use a pick axe and soak the area first with water so I could get the pick axe to cut the soil!
I'd love to move back south like Gulf Coast Florida or Alabama with some nice acidy soil. LOL
Thanks irisluvr! I saw it at Blueridge & was going to get it, but he had it priced at $49. I've been having problems this year due to the heat, so didn't want to take a chance! Most of my daylilys have come from Bob at Blueridge and Hardy's in Litchfield Ct.
Really nice pics, I2le! You have some nice ones. I've ordered a lot from Bob Selman myself. He sends good stuff. I'm really liking HOLD YOUR HORSES and BABY BOOMER. WALTER'S TANGO, SUNRISE SUNSET and KRAKATOAN LAVA are all gorgeous!
I would love to live in NM. I've lived in NV and AZ, as well as CA. Love it out west. I love it here, too, for the fact that the climate is good for lots of different plants, and the soil on our property is fantastic. Not that everyone has great soil around here, but we seem to be blessed by an abundance of it at our place. I would hate to have to do all you do to improve the soil. That's tough.
Janie, I have Russian Rhapsody, and mine never looks as nice as yours. I'm not excited by it and will probably pot it up to sell. Have had it a lot of years, and just doesn't increase for me. Maybe likes a much warmer climate. Here are several pics of mine on different days, different times of the day, etc.
Karen - I too have Russian Rhapsody and it isn't even as pretty as yours. It is a lot darker than I had hoped it would be, with that same burgandy cast to it. Not nearly as purple looking as Mean As A Snake! Of course, that one might not look as good here either, due to the soil. My daylilys look completely different in color than my daughters in Connecticut, and I know it is because of the soil. That and the blazing sun we have here.
Laura was going to give me a piece of that Krakatoan Lava, but when she tried to split it, it started to break, so guess I'll have to wait a year or so for it! She bought that one at Hardy's Daylilys in Litchfield.
Karen, I think I could get you a fan of HOLD YOUR HORSES if you are willing to accept a single fan. The others are pretty small right now due to the heat I think, but HYH has been partially shaded, so is nice and big. Maybe next year.
Yes, I am very pleased with Walter's Tango. The plant is still pretty small, so am anxious to see what it does next year.
Here is my one lonely bloom of Russian Rhapsody. I did NOT get it from Bob...and I think it shows!
I have Russian Rhapsody also, but I never can figure out exactly which DL it is! Also have Chicago Arnie's Choice, which is similar, I think. But I don't think it is similar to MAAS, which I have only seen in pics. Does Hardy's sell online? A lot of beauties for my list on this thread...just keep feeding that addiction!
Is your RR new? Maybe it just needs time to settle in. You could have mine if you like. I only have a couple of fans. It has never increased for me, and I've had it for years. Maybe it likes a warmer climate than what we have here.
caitlinsgarden, I have Chicago Arnie's Choice. Here are some pics of it.
Thanks Everyone. Karen I've very happy with Apache War Dance even though it is still new, it is putting out blooms. Same with Walter's Tango. It is still kind of spindly with I think 1 or 2 fans, but blooming its little heart out. Ellen Cristine has been there for 2 years, so hopefully she will do better now that the heat has cooled off a little. She did real well last year. And, my Frills and Fancies didn't make it through the awful weather either.
I love ALL of yours Karen. Now what? I especially like Wild Horses, Indian Giver, and Chicago Heather. BUT, I also love Smokey Mountain Autumn, Your Noid you call Salmon Run, Witch Stichery, Mojave Sunset, Pink Embers, Bright Sunset, My Girl, Cisty and that gorgeous Sunset Celebration. You pick and we'll exchange. I need to make sure I can give you good fans though. So after I check them tomorrow, I'll let you know. K?
I do like some of your more spindly spiders, but they would get torn up here in the wind. I have to put ones like those up against the block wall so they don't get ripped up, and I really don't have much room there.
Oh, I never considered that the spiders would get torn up in the wind. We are pretty protected here, with trees all around, so the wind is not bad at our place. I can just imagine what it's like at your place. Are you in an open area? I just love NM. I have a sister who lives in Alaska and has a place in NM as well. She is in Sacramento, NM, up in the mountains. She's near Cloudcroft and Alamogordo.
Yes, Karen, I guess you could call my yard "open area". My back yard faces the northwest and there is nothing behind me but mesa with lots and lots of tumbleweeds, puncture vines (goat heads) and sand. I also am on a corner so when the wind blows, it blows my trees, my flowers, my deck chairs and anything else in its way. March, April & May are the worse time for the wind. Last night the wind blew through here at 54 MPH! There was a storm brewing over Albuquerque and then it blows on up here in Rio Rancho.
I have Hold Your Horses and those other tall ones like Regal Finale and Regal Air and Strutters Ball about 10 inches from the block wall between the Leylandi Cyprus trees. They seem to do fine right there, but my fence only goes about 45 feet, so unless I get rid of my roses, I don't have a "safe" place to put spiders. I like the UFO ones too.
I really like those hot pinks and flame sunset colored daylilys you have, but I wonder if their colors would fade in this sun. I'm at 5500 feet, so when the sun shines, it is loaded with rays!
Oh, I forgot to mention that you could pick any of those ones you mention for a trade with the exception of Indian Giver and Wild Horses, as I don't have enough of those 2 yet. Indian Giver has been really slow to increase for me. Wild Horses I've only had a couple of years.
I'm quite familiar with the goat head thorns. I lived in Fallon, NV for about 10 years, and gardened there. Those thorns were horrid! Pulling them out of the gardens was terrible. Even wearing heavy leather gloves I would get my fingers stuck constantly. And they were always getting stuck on the bottoms of my sneakers, too. Oh, and the tumbleweeds were awful, too. I was allergic to them, and wherever they scratched my arms, the scratches would swell up, and I got a terrible allergy attack, with violent sneezing, stuffy nose, itchy, watery eyes, scratchy throat; the works! Not fun.
Karen...answer is yes on Ellen Christine, (I already have one fan spoken for on EC) Apache War Dance and MAYBE Walter's Tango. Lets wait for them to finish blooming. There is a small fan of Walter's Tango that is about 6" high and Ellen Christine has a few so I don't see too big of a problem there. It appears that Apache War Dance has an extra fan that looks healthy too.
I need to look at yours again to see which ones I want since Wild Horses and Indian Giver are not available. My Apache War Dance and Walter's Tango are from June 2011, so they are only 1 year old too. I almost bought Wild Horses a few weeks ago, but didn't. Oh well.
I have my regular daylilys that are blooming their heads off! One new one, Venice is Sinking and my Russian Rhapsody is finally starting to look more purple than burgandy. (I have to check the PH) Oodnadata bloomed its last this morning and it is not a rebloomer, just early, so it is finished this year. 5 blooms total...so I hope it is the weather...at least this year.
I checked Zella Virginia this morning and there are 3 blooms with 16 more scapes loaded with buds!
Venice Is Sinking - 1st one
Russian Rhapsody - a little more purple, but not there yet.
Pardon Me - a triple
Zella Virginia - 16 more scapes and loads of buds
Oodnadata - last one
Hemlady, I have not had a problem with Virginia creeper either, and I've pulled a lot of it up, too, though I'm usually wearing gloves. I've touched it barehanded many times, though, and never had a reaction. Poison ivy, on the other hand...
Oh, Cindy, I like Venice Is Sinking. Nice color on that one. My RR looks more burgundy than purple, usually. That's a lot of scapes on Zella! I bought that one last year, so it's still small.
Personally, I would rather wait till Sept. to do any trading, as that's a better time for me to plant. If you'd like your in Oct., then I can certainly send them then. It's really too hot to be planting anything now. I just got a shipment from Blueridge Daylilies. I had ordered from them back in Jan., and somehow my order slipped through the cracks. I contacted Bob, and he told me there had been a death in the family, and that my order turned out to have gotten mixed up with some other things. Anyhow, I should have asked him to wait till Sept. to ship, but didn't think about it till too late. Oh, well.
I'm still looking at your lilys to see which ones we can trade. If I have more than 3, can I buy the others from you? I've spent the day digging up the end of my tear drop garden to make homes for them. I too have some lilies coming from Bob in NC, but not for a few weeks at least. AND I traded with 2 others, so have 5 more there.
Yes Karen, September would be good. I'll be on a family trip to BlueRidge GA Sep 19 through the 24th, so do you want to trade at the beginning of the month?
I need to get whatever lilys I have coming, into the ground around the 1st or 2nd week of September so they can get a start before any freezes. Here in NM, one never knows and with the screwy weather we have been having, it could be another 10" snow storm at the beginning of October like last year!
Yes, Linda, the beginning of Sept. is fine for trading. You can buy some from me as well. D-mail me your email and I'll send you a price list of my available cultivars.
Did I mention I made over $200 selling daylilies this past weekend? Just put my signs up and people stopped. I love it when people come to my gardens and oooooh and aaaaah over my daylilies. And I love making a little extra money on them, too!
October is way too soon for snow! Are you at a high elevation? We don't normally get snow till Dec., but it has been known to snow in late Nov. It did last year, but overall we had a very mild winter with little snow.
Great Karen, Beginning of September it is. I'll dl my e-mail.
I'm so glad you were able to sell some of your beautiful babies and make a little cash! A lot of work, but satisfying too.
Remember the one I had marked Peach Double???? It is PINK DOUBLE BITONE.
I'll attach another picture.
Same ones are blooming today as yesterday and Zella popped up with 6 BLOOMS today! Now I can say I have a Clump!
I just got Mystical Sunshine, Elsie Spalding & Pirates Patch on a trade, and I also received an order for So Lovely (3), Canadian Border Patrol (2), El Desperado and Moonlit Masquerade as a bonus. The first three are in pots and the other 7 are sitting in Rooting solution & will get planted tomorrow, or potted...Depends on if I get the bed for them completed or not.
When you pot a daylily, do you put a saucer under it? OR just let it drain? I've never done one in a pot, so don't really know the answer.
Bi-Tone Pink Double
Another pair of Walter's Tango - Just for Karen!
Yes, I do dig fresh for each customer, and no, I don't have them lined out. I just dig from the clump. Some clumps are tough to get divisions from without digging out the whole thing. Others are not so bad. Then I have to give those disturbed clumps a good watering. That's the biggest downside. I tell my customers to soak in water for an hour or overnight before planting, and to make sure they get plenty of water for their first growing season. I also tell them to trim back the foliage, and also to cut back the scapes as well, if they can part with the flowers from this season. Most people want to enjoy them, though, and I can relate. Gives them a better chance to get established if they can put all their energy into producing roots rather than flowers. I definitely tell them to take off any seed pods.
Linda, when I pot daylilies I just let them drain. This year I have been using a mix of Miracle Grow with aged cow manure, and it's working out really well. Then I switched recently to a Miracle Grow imitation, which seems to be just as good, also mixed with the manure. The manure is really fine, and it works great as a mulch/slash fertilizer in my beds - that is if I have time to even spread it.
Frilly Lily you don't want to see my yard...believe me. It is all gravel and I just dug up dirt and put down some concrete blocks to square out the area and fixed the soil and stuck the daylilys in the ground! Trees dying and even my little flower spot where I have gallardia, artemesia, some kind of sage, and where I plant annuals like petunias etc looks really straggly this year too.
Genna, you asked about the mushroom compost and I asked one of the ladys at the nursery I go to and she said mushroom compost has a lot of salts in it. I don't know for sure if that is the problem with it or not, or if it is because it has chicken manure in it. I missed the local daylily meeting Saturday (I thought it was a Friday) so didn't get to ask the question.
Yes Karen...I KNOW you like the hot colors. I do too.
These are from today 7/24...only 1 new one...
Pony, another Walter's Tango and a real pretty Ellen Christine. You have seen the rest of them.
No, I mean I guess I don't have the "eye" for a "pretty" yard. I called a local here who is supposed to be tops as a designer and he kept asking me "what do you want to do" and I told him I wanted an oasis and a softer look. He kept telling me he could tear everything out and redo, blah ,blah, but he wanted over $1500 to even make a sketch or make any suggestion! I told him I got my hours at work cut to 20 so couldn't possibly afford that, so then he said..."well you didn't have to drive 25 miles to find out you didn't have the job either". I escorted him to the door and told him to have good day. By the way, I drive 22 miles to work! LOL
My lot is only a little less than 1/4 acre and is all sand & caliche. I had to put down landscape fabric and gravel to keep out the tumbleweeds and other various & sundry weeds. And like I said, things are dying due to lack of water and the crazy weather since last year. Last year everything looked really nice. Not so this year!
If I had a place with at least 1/2 acre, I know I could do something really nice with it.
Here is a picture of my "flower" garden from 2010 before my yard flooded from a monsoon, so you can get an idea...
well if heat and lack of water are obstacles for you, I would look into doing more hardscaping and less with actual plants. I think you could use a pergola (I think that is what they are called)
some chairs painted colorful and put the pots on them. Maybe a small water feature like the ones that go in the ground and the water looks like it is coming up out of a pile of rocks. Can you grow sages or artemisias there? You can buy all kinds of colors and textures of sages. I would also add a swing or bench of some kind. Maybe you could dress it up some without tearing the place up, spending alot, or using a lot of plants that take too much water. I am in the same boat, that is what I asked to see pics, cause I will be putting together a yard in the next year or so. We hope to start building on our house this fall. It is very hot and dry here and the wind is horrid. It is not a pleasant place to live garden-wise.
Thank you everyone! When everything is blooming right and is vigorously growing it really is quite nice. I have a couple of lattice close to the covered porch in back with Trumpet vine and Clematis growing. My ash tree that is located in the center of my teardrop area died, so has to be taken out and something else planted there. It was a really nice shade tree up until this year. I have a Japanese Pagoda tree in the corner behind those pots & left over pieces of concrete blocks that does well. I have some iris and a few gladiolous planted there. I'd like hosta, but I have crocus and Hyacinth that come up early early in the year, so don't want the hosta to take over. I have a mimosa tree to the right of those planters too.
I have a lot of flagstone areas and an area with tumbled pavers under the mimosa. I had planned on a bench over there and also planned on a small waterfall with rocks. I even have some rocks with holes in them so it is all natural looking. I just haven't decided where it should go for the most enjoyment.
I have a 17 x 8' covered porch off my living room that right now is loaded up with 2 Adirondack chairs that I made...one of cedar and one of redwood., a small wrought iron table & 4 chairs, my Weber grill, a stationary bike, my rowing machine and a whole bunch of garden stuff that I have out to work with in making my lily beds. The house inside is a little under the weather right now, because I'd rather be outside in the yard! So there you have it. Perhaps ya'all will be able to come up with a moniker for me! LOL
As for lilys blooming today, nothing "new", but Ida's Magic, another trio of Walter's Tango, a Bi-tone Pink Double, Venice is Sinking, Sunrise Sunset Beautiful, Cee Cee, Pardon Me (4), Zella Virginia (6), Papillon and 2 Ellen Christine.
Well, your gardens in 2010 looked really nice. Too bad you're having such a bad year. My gardens have been looking pretty decent this year, though there are some areas where I just can't keep up with the weeds. It's tough when you have as many gardens as I do (I have 1.23 acres, and a ton of gardens!) and you work 60 hrs a wk.
Thanks. That grass doesn't look like that today for sure! 3 spots where it is all wheat colored and dried out. I water it faithfully with Automatic sprinklers, so don't know what the problem is. I used to have a square lawn 15 x 16 feet when I had my little dogs. Then after they were gone, I dug up half of it and planted that perennial/annual bed.
The only bloom you get today from my yard is Blueberry Blush.
Thank god it has been raining off and on for the past hour, but not much sun (it is overcast) so this is the only one I have, except for Zella Virginia that is blooming all over, another of Papillon, one of Cee Cee and 1 of Ellen Christine with 1 more of Joan Senior.
Blueberry Blush is the only one that looks really nice today. It is not nearly as pink as this picture shows, but the morning sun was shining right on it so it looks more pinky.
Really nice! WT, SSB, CC, EC are all looking especially great!
Was out in the gardens today and disappointed to see so many are done, and many had their last blooms on them. So sad to know the season is just about done. There are still some late ones with lots of buds, though, and I can enjoy them.
We could use a separate thread for late and very late bloomers? I want to order a lot more of these; when you see all of the buds on some plants this time of year, you realize the season doesn't have to be over for quite awhile yet!
I was looking at the particulars on Zella Virginia today, and it says it is a Very Late Bloom. What the heck is it doing blooming like crazy in the middle of July? I don't think that is Very Late! Do You??
Here is all for today...Pickins are getting slim...
Walter's Tango (a very nice pic of it)
Joan Senior (2)
That is what I was trying to do, BUT this year has been a bummer. We had a very long extra cold spell 2 years ago and this last year it got warm, everything started leafing out, then it froze again, and it has been super hot since the middle of May and no rain to speak of. Everyone is on rationed water and they want us to only water 3 times a week in July and August, so a lot of my flowers have dried up. I also lost my Reywood Ash tree. The tree guy said it was due to that deep freeze from 2 years ago, along with the warming and freezing early this year.
I bought 2 new coneflowers and only 1 looks like "maybe" it will make it. The one I already had is blooming so that is a good thing. My Galardia and my Coreopsis look like they are dying, Petunias are not blooming as usual, and even the Lantana are not doing well. I have brown places on my little lawn and it "looks like hell"!! I also may have to replace the Dianthus, as it is all browned and not flowering like it usually does.
I may have to resod my lawn to look decent. It is only about 15 x 7 to 8 ft, so it isn't that expensive...just time consuming along with a lot of water. My daylilys have short scapes and I lost a lot of buds that just dried up and dropped off. I am now watering more and changed out the drip system, so hopefully next year will be better.
Your pics look nice, though you can tell they are suffering from the heat. Too bad you couldn't use your waste water from baths/showers. Maybe you could put in a gray water system that uses reclaimed waste water for the gardens. Might be expensive in the short run, but could save you on water in the long run, and you wouldn't have to worry so much about watering restrictions.
Thanks Karen, but doing something like that is "against the rules" in this town, as your "dirty water might contaminate the aquifer!" We are supposed to have a backflow special valve on our sprinkler system. (I don't), but if and when I were to sell my home, I'd have to put one in. The valve is about $150 + a plumber. It has to be done by a licensed plumber too.
We have had a few rain showers, but not enough to do much good. I turned my water back on to every other day rather than 3 times a week (skipping 2 days), & then I give the pots and anything else looking droopy a fairly good watering.
Yes, the daylilys show it when they are too darn hot! This is all for today...
I wonder if there was a system that could be installed that would take the contaminants out of the waste water to make it clean enough that it would not harm the aquifer. Would probably be very expensive, though.
I took a bunch of pics of my late bloomers yesterday, but don't have time to post them now. Maybe tomorrow or Friday night.
Looks like they're petering out over there, just like here. Pretty much the only ones left blooming here are Swamp Yankee, August Flame, Challenger, Good-Bye Columbus, James River Rose, Autumn Minaret and a late blooming NOID orange.
Here are some pics of Good-Bye Columbus. The last shot of it is with a hardy hibiscus.
YAY...I had a bloom today of Zella Virginia. I can't tell if it is a rebloom or not.
Also have a very pretty rose blooming.
Thanks Karen for the heads up. After looking at that creped texture, I don't think that is what it is. In fact it might be just one of his seedlings. Laura never thinks to ask about the daylily while she is there, and he has so many people coming and going that he doesn't remember which one she bought. Laura says she like surprises, so doesn't even label them for herself.
We have a local nursery in Albuquerque that has been there for a very long time. One of the gals "SAM" is very helpful if you ask a question, and I told her where I wanted to plant it, etc. etc. and she suggested this one. Neither one of us know how the heck to pronouce the name though! LOL
About a week ago, I went to check it to see if it needed water, and the buds were covered with some kind of tiny little black bug. Could have been mites I guess. Anyway, I sprayed it well with a hard stream of water, then sprayed on some Malathion. 3 days later the blooms started showing off. My HUGE purple and pink ones in the back yard don't have any bugs and bloom and bloom and bloom.
Actually, they make a mess with the dropping flowers. BUT, I love them as they are so very pretty.
very behind on catching up on all the threads!! So many beautiful blooms! I love that Walters Tango and I love that Rose of Sharon that you have ... beautiful color!!
I love the layout of your yard as well... hopefully it will recover nicely from the rough summer! I have lost several plants here due to the drought as well...I water but it isn't the same. Thankfully for the past month we have had several rains off and on and things are doing much better!
Thanks for sharing all the beautiful pictures!
The layout of my yard is starting to leave a little to be desired. I want MORE daylilys, so then I have to either remove something or dig up some of the gravel and make a bed and now, I'm running out of room.
I think I will have to just be happy with what I have and NOT get any more daylilys for awhile. I've been watering faithfully, which has made a difference. We may actually get some rain this weekend. I do miss the rains I used to get in Oregon, or Connecticut or Florida. Everything was so green. Sigh
Walters Tango is a beauty isn't it? Some of the blooms were better than others, but it is it's first year, so hopefully next year will be even nicer. I have a bunch of new babies to coddle and baby this spring. Walter's Tango had 19 blooms total!
I bought a few mums this week for my little perrenial garden from Lowes for $2.50 each and moved 3 Dusty Millers from that area so that nothing misses the sun and the water. Hopefully that will help that area too.
Would love to get some mums, but can't justify spending money on plants that will die over the winter. I so want to put in an order for hostas with NH Hostas. Will have to see if I can afford it. If I order $75 or more, then shipping is free.
Cushion mums are suppose to be hardy,you mean they aren't where you are? Football types aren't hardy here either ,but I have lots of cushion type that have done okay year after year. This is really suppose to be a zone 5 only it is more like 6a-6b.
The hardy mums that are for sale now are hardy for this area, but generally only if planted in the spring. Sometimes you'll get lucky and have some fall planted ones winter over, but not usually. I could always try wintering some over in our enclosed porch.
Here in zone 7b, the mums I purchased are perrenial. I only get Lantana or Verbenas and some Petunias and some other little annuals in the spring. I have been using perrenials as much as I can.
This year, one of the Zinnias popped up and it is a really pretty hot pink. I'm glad it is the one that came back. I do have to watch out for the Portulaca though as it tries to make new plants between the flagstones!
That zinnia probably came from seed. I love portulacas, and wouldn't mind them coming up in random places. They are just so pretty.
Last winter I brought in a pot of Lantana and a white Salvia, and they did really well. I'll do that again this year. Well, that is if I have room on our porch. I have so many tropicals to overwinter now, it might be too crowded in there, and I think my sister will have a lot of objections.
I2le is the lantana not hardy for you? It is hardy for us here in south arkansas... some of the verbenas are and some are annuals. I have some hardy pink verbena that a friend shared with me that is very hardy. It is one of the ones that is low to the ground...probably only grows about 6" -7" high... At one point I had some of the purple that was supposed to be hardy but I lost it...
Genna, I've never had the Lantana come back for me. I usually buy them as "annuals" though, and I've never looked for perennial Lantana. I love the red, the white and the purple ones. I usually plant some in the little bed and plop a few in a container so that they drape. I like to do that with Verbena too. The Verbena has never come back either, but again...I have never looked for Perennial Verbena. Maybe I will look for it when the nurseries stock up again.
I would be happy to send you a start of this pink verbena if you want to try it... I used to be listed as 7b zone so it should survive for you. I think i could dig some starts and just send in a padded envelope...not sure they would make it, but we could try. just let me know if you are interested in trying it.
I don't think the red lantana is hardy here either - but not sure about that... I KNOW that the yellow is hardy here.
Just keep on drooling...I checked it tonight and it looks like 20-25 buds on it! It will be awhile before it blooms though. One might make it this coming week...I'll keep watching it for sure. ALW was one I got free from Bob S at BlueRidge August 2011 and had only 1 bloom on June 19, 2012.
All of you keep praying for it to bloom before frosts! K? Thanks
My AARON'S LITTE WHOPPER actually opened up 2 blooms today as it is a little warmer. It wasn't opening all the way due to the cooler air. AND either a bird or the wind knocked off a couple of buds too. Darn it.