Thursday, June 30, 2011

Day Lily

Day Lily by the front door. This red day lily has finally begun to bloom in volume.
My day lilies are all competing with something that slows their growth - poor soil,
not enough water or sun, plants too close, tree roots sucking their soil dry, and
hungry and thirsty deer and rabbits. When they do make it they are amazing: in 
the rocks, under trees, near other flower configurations, by the wild flowers, and 
in the field circles. 


Wednesday, June 29, 2011


  Lilium is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants growing from bulbs
in the Family Liliaceae. These are the True Lilies.


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Evening Primrose

Oenethera speciosa This pink wildflower grows all summer
in direct sun.


Monday, June 27, 2011


Day Lilies (Hemerocallis) The rain god hit again last night with high winds and 
thunder and lightening. I spend more time more time picking up downed limbs 
and branches than gardening. These day lilies in the front of the house have 
never done well but  are currently thriving with the drenching. They are the
original Stella de Ora cultivar and the plant blooms for months and re-blooms
rather than for just 2 weeks.
Hemerocallis is Greek for beautiful for the day and alludes to the fact that the
flower blooms usually last for only a day. They are now placed in the Family
Xanthorrhoeaceae rather than Liliaceae and thus they are not True Lilies.

Friday, June 24, 2011

New Day Lily

This new day lily is in the rocks up front. You can tell it is new because there
are so few leaves.


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Blanket Flower

Blanket Flower (Gaillardia pulchella) is also called Firewheel, Indian Blanket,
or Sundance. This colorful perennial in the Aster Family shows up in all the 
wildflower gardens.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hot Poker

Yellow Hot Poker (Kniphofia uvaria) - our two stands used to be red but 
have morphed into yellow in the last several years. This year they have 
attracted hummers.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Star Gazer Lily and a Solstice Poem

Star Gazer Lily  This is my favorite oriental lily on my favorite day of the year.
Unfortunately the days start getting shorter tomorrow.
                        Summer Solstice
                          Stan Thawley
          Last night I felt the world hesitate
          As it reached our southern destination,
          Our longest day and shortest night.
          There was a brief stop, no optional
          Then a reluctant shifting into reverse,
          Like a yo-yo we are tethered by that great cold hand.
          We now journey north, a tilting
          Into short, cold, dark days.
          This morning on Knob Lick, early
          Sirens its bright red warning.

           Copyright Stan Thawley
           The Golden Country (ed. Fred R. Pfister)
           June 2011


Monday, June 20, 2011


 This lavender perennial grows in full sun  in well drained soil and
lasts for months.


Friday, June 17, 2011


 Several years ago I bought some milkweed plants from Missouri
Wildflowers Nursery. One did especially well and the other looked  grew a few
inches and fizzled. Last year it looked more like a weed than anything but we 
left it alone. This year it shot up four feet and produced these incredible blooms.
Bring on those butterflies.


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Kousa Dogwood

Kousa Dogwood (Cornus kousa)  This is also known as 
Japanese flowering dogwood and blooms much later than 
the normal Missouri dogwood.


Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana))  This plant is hardy and long blooming
living on well drained soil in the southernmost gnome garden. It thrives on rain
which occurred last night for the third straight night.  

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Coreopsis in the Wildflower Garden

Coreopsis has taken over from Sweet William in the southwestern wildflower
garden. Also called calliopsis and tickseed these flowers are identified by the
toothed edge to their petal tip.


Monday, June 13, 2011

Little Red Rose

I have never been in love with roses - they are too demanding. I do have one 
measly knockout rose bush in a field circle - kept small by the deer. Here is a 
poem sent by a friend.


Sah ein Knabein Roslein stehn,
Roslein auf der Heiden,
War so jung und morgenschon,
Lief er schnell er nah zu sehn,
Sahs mit vielen Freuden.
Roslein, Roslein, Roslein rot,
Roslein auf der Heiden.

Knabe sprach: Ich breche dich,
Roslein auf der Heiden
Roslein sprach: Ich steche dich,
Dass du ewig denkst an mich,
Und ich wills nicht leiden.
Roslein, Roslein, Roslein rot,
Roslein auf der Heiden.

Und der wilde Knabe brach
's Roslein auf der Heiden
Roslein wehrte sich und stach,
Half ihm doch kein Weh und Ach,
Musst es eben leiden.
Rslein, Roslein, Roslein rot,
Roslein auf der Heiden.           Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Who dat?

We find out, "Who's been eating my porridge." Or is it, "Who's
been eating my newly planted impatiens?"

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The First of My Summer Lovers

This was a gift from the poet Stan Thawley last year.

The First of My Summer Lovers
June 2,2009 My first daylily blooms

Just out of the shower
Wearing only lacy dew
She has arrived early
Voluptuous, steamy.
She is no coy one
Her petals spread open
Waiting for mating.
Comfortably naked in the sun
With her soft creamy skin
And dark inner lips
She has come for adulation,
Sex and sun.
Confident, she winks
At me with those dark eyes
Saying, come, adore me.
Embarassed, I have forgotten
Her name... Misty Maude I believe.
Undulating in the wind
She whispers,
Come closer, closer
Love me, love me.
Quick now, skip the foreplay.
We haven't much time you know.
I'm only passing through,
Just here for one day.

Copyright Stan Thawley, 2009
All rights reserved.

First Daylily

This is my first daylily - by the path in the gnome garden.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Bell Flowers

Another kind of Bell Flower (Campanula) has replaced the daisies in the gnome garden.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bell Fowers

These clustered Bell Flowers (Campanula) have replaced the daisies by the mail box.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Peonies by Jeanne Lohman

Grandma called them pineys, and I didn't know why.
They smelled so good, the full lush petals
crowded thick, the whole flower heavy on its stem,
the leaves dark and rich as shade in Chatauqua
where each spring I hunted for violets. What could there be
to pine for on this earth? Now I think maybe it was Missouri
she missed, and maybe that was what somebody she knew
called peonies there, before she traveled to Ohio,
a sixteen-year-od bride whose children came on as fast
as field crops and housework. Her flowers saved her,
the way they came up year after year and with only a bit of
lived tender and pretty, each kind surprising,
keeping its own sweet secret: lily-of-the-valley, iris,
the feathery leaved cosmos, lilacs in their white and purple
flamboyant sweet peas and zinnias, the bright four o'clocks
and delphinium, blue as her eyes, and the soft peony flowers
edged deep pink. In her next life I want my grandmother
to walk slowly through the gardens in England and Kyoto.
I want to be there when she recognizes the flowers
and smiles, when she kneels and take the pineys in her hands.

Copyright Jeanne Lohman
From Calls from a Lighted House
Fifthian Press, 2007


Tuesday, June 7, 2011


As a cut flower this peony looks much like a rose.

Monday, June 6, 2011


The peonies are being fried by the sun.

Friday, June 3, 2011


These peony bushes have been battered by the rains but have continued to blossom bravely.

Late Spring by Jim Harrison

...This year the moisture has made the
peonies outside my studio so heavy with their
beauty that they
droop to the ground and I think of my early
love Emily Bronte. The
cruelty of our different ages kept us apart. I tie
and prop up the peo-
nies to prolong their lives, just as I would
have nursed Emily so she
could see another spring.

Copyright Jim Harrison
In Search of Small Gods
Copper Canyon Press, 2009

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Iris redux

I love the many colors of the iris that show up each year and await the re-bloomers in the fall. I am so obsessed that I have already ordered some new iris for next year.