Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Flowers that you can eat
An interesting list of herbs and flowers to use in cooking:
Sunday, September 3, 2006
Collecting Daylilies--a Neophyte's ApproachOur daylily collection has gradually expanded in the past twelve months after visits to several daylily gardens and nurseries in the region, also because we joined the 'Cincinnati Daylily and Hosta Society' and the national society last year.
This year 2006 I trekked up to Morrow, Ohio, several times for shopping/learning trips to Valley of the Daylilies. I also made a quick trip to Majestic Daylilies in West Alexandria, and to Top O' the Hill Daylilies near Oxford, Ohio in July. One Saturday DH and I drove down to Rice's Thoroughbred Daylilies in Lexington, Ky., and that made for an interesting day of exploring and learning about DLs, too.
In addition, we met several other hybridizers and growers while traveling in the East and South and we attended part of the American Hemerocallis Society Convention last year at Eastgate Mall, July 2005.
There are many thousands of daylilies and more being 'invented' every day, and to try to collect without a focus or a theme seems pointless, fruitless and expensive to me. In general, I try to purchase daylilies that are locally grown or are developed by ORV regional hybridizers. Additionally, for our purposes we have three main areas of interest in daylilies:
(1) Bright, tall and 'sporty' red, orange, and yellow DLs for the driveway 'butterfly garden'. (Although butterflies do not especially care for DLs, the flowers make a nice focal point in the weedy airy nectar plant patch swaying in the breeze.) I am especially interested in mid-late, late-, and very-late season bloomers for this garden.
DLs in the driveway garden include: Nona's Garnet Spider, Caught Red Handed, Little Business, Tina Rene, Jamie Douglas, Starstruck, Annie Golightly, Autumn Flame.
(2) More complex daylilies in moody shades of mauve and lavenders with edges, and sunset shaded doubles are the feature along the front walk. Interspersed among these is a rarish ajuga, lavendars, clematis, ornithalgalum magnus, and hardy geranium 'rozanne', 'orion' and 'brookside', which bloom in waves and add purpley background contrast to the daylilies
Among DLs along the walkway are Ida's Magic, David Kirchhoff, Dublin Elaine, Elegant Candy, Ben Brey, Truly Angelic, and several others. (must remember to add these.)
(3) The lower part-shade garden with southern and western exposure features lovely and traditional cream, pink, and coral daylies planted near chartreuse and variegated hosta and a collection of rambling hardy geraniums and clamatis. These daylilies are from area plant nurseries, many are rebloomers, were purchased at sales, and represent tried and true cultivars from App, among others.
In addition to the main three groups, we have relocated many of the landscape daylilies, orignial occupants of the garden, in the back yard, and added to these a number of spider seedlings from Bachman's and seedlings from Majestic DLs. We will see how these do. They are not in optimum growing conditions and lack sufficient water and sun to really thrive.
Not to mention the Deer who are regular raiders of all the daylilies particularly when I neglect a regular dose of Deer Scram or Liquid Fence around the garden edges.
Saturday, September 2, 2006
Joiner Daylilies (Savannah, Georgia)This season I am looking for a couple of double daylilies to complement 'Dublin Elaine', planted along the front walk with the Oak Leaf Hydrangeas, Clematis, Geranaciae, and Ajuga. 'Dublin Elaine', a gift from the Bachmans, seems to be a queen of the bay window garden--blooming and reblooming with exquisite sunset coloration from June into September on tall graceful stems.
I have found a couple of possibilities to partner with 'D. E.', however, no other cultivar seems to have the lengthy bloom period to match.
GardenWeb Discussion Thread with pictures.
Joiner Daylily Gardens Homepage
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Franklin Conservatory GardenI was able to spend an afternoon in late July at the Franklin Conservatory Garden in Columbus and I viewed the Ohio Hemerocallis Hybridizers' Display Garden there. It was interesting to see some of the flowers in bloom and the range of form offered by Ohio growers. Some of my favorites included:
Charles Applegate, Perrysburg, Ohio "Blessings"
Woodhall "Elizabeth Frances Woodhall" 2001 Stout Honorable Mention
C. Betscher, "Mrs. A. H. Austin" 1929
D. Gossard, "Heavenly Fission" Galloway, Ohio
Norris Ashwood Gardens //www.ashwooddaylilies.com
"Flight of the Raven 1999"
Benz "Gold Embroidery"
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Bloomingfield's Farm Daylily Bloom Season Calendar
This is an interesting DL site that sorts DLs by bloom color and season
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