Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Flower for the Day Trumpet Vine 6-28-17

We have had trumpet vine by our hot tub for many years.

As soon as I stopped cutting it back in the fall it started blooming like crazy.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Flower for the Day Crown Beard

Crown beard is in the daisy family and grows prolifically in the wildflower garden.

It is a messy flower but grows strong and tall.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Flower for the Day Monarda 6-23-14

I have several large stands of Monarda. 

It is also called bee balm.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Flower for the Day Concord Grape Arbor 6-23-17

A little frustration with the natural order today. Last night when I turned in
I had the most magnificent stand of multicolored day lilies imaginable. This morning
they were all gone - our deer population is Out of Control.

I need to take a break from flowers and show you what you can do with your old dog cage. Some years ago
my brother-in-law Bill arrived with two small grape plants as a gift. We planted them by our dog cage as were were between dogs (and still are). Here is where we are now.

This is the best crop so far.

What should we do with them?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Flower for the Day Day Lily IV 6-22-17

Despite the extraordinary colors and shapes of the day lily hybrids I still like the old fashioned 
standard day lily. This plant is almost 40 years old.

But the hybrids do get my attention.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Flower for the Day Downy Wood Mint 6-20

Downy wood mint (Blephillia ciliata) showed up in my front garden unannounced several years ago.

It is an herbaceous perennial in the mint family (Lamiaceae). It is also called Ohio horsemint, sunny woodman, and down pagoda plant. Carl Linnaeus called this Monada ciliata before George Bentham gave it its current binomial name.

Interestingly it arose in an area where a  monarda (bee balm) plant had disappeared.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Flower for the Day Day Lily III 6-19-17

Day lilies abound.  Jan pointed out that when a stem of these flowers are cut and brought inside,
even though the initial blossom only lasts one day, the other buds will continue to bloom as the days go by.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Flower for the Day Day Lily II 6-16-17

Although ravaged by the deer the day lilies are popping.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Flower for the Day Day Lily I 6-15-17

I have many day lily hybrids. As you know each individual bloom lasts only 
one day but each plant has multiple blooms. I will show you some of them in the next few posts.

They all have different coloring.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Flower for the Day Oriental Lily V 6-14-17

The Oriental Lilies are winding down. This one could be in a salad.

All of my orientals don't do well. This one gets this far each year and stops growing. Or is someone eating it?
Nature or nurture?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Flower for the Day Oriental Lily IV 6-13-17

The oriental lilies keep on coming. and its also time for the day lilies.

and its also time for the day lilies.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Flower for the Day Cosmos 6-9-17

I came upon these cosmos  in the wildflower garden. It is very early for cosmos which usually come up from seed in August. 

I'm thinking birds are the transfer agent.

Narayanan Raghunathan said...

a field of
cosmoses and
a hundred

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Flower for the Day Delphinium 6-8-17

One of the joys of the garden is the surprise of finding something new (for me).
I thought all delphiniums were this deep blue:

until I found them in white

and other tinges between.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Flower for the Day Oriental Lily III

This up gazer is  spectacular in its depth of orange. These with thick petals
last much longer than those without.

This one is for our friend Andy Lenzini who died much too soon. I continue to send him flower images and I am sure he gets them wherever he may be.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Flower for the Day Snapdragon 6-6-17

On D-Day how about a flower from yesteryear - a snapdragon (Antirrhinum). My grandmother had these in her garden in La Grange, Illinois where I grew up. If you squeeze the bloom from the sides the mouth opens up like a dragon. Flowers often trigger my memories.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Flower for the Day Missouri Primrose 6-5-17

This Missouri Evening Primrose  (Oenethera) was growing out of a boulder.

It blooms for only one evening and closes up the next morning.

Evening Primrose

Oenothera biennis

Early adopter, familiar of vespertine
temporal specialists, itinerants:
who said your life would be easy? Chance
encounters, chancy neighborhoods, the lean

ground nothing cultivated will possess. But you,
night-bloomer, all strings of dubious exes, loose
ends, unabashedly seedy—you need no excuse.
This is simply what you do.

Daze them with perfume, bombshell;
daylight's gaudy attractants are nothing to you.
Instead, take moonlight to the next level; take the dunes,
parking strips, waste ground that, for the right body—well,

presents the perfect opportunity. Herb of the X
chromosome: you know stigma. You don't care.
Wherever the ground's disturbed, you're there,
brash, sticky with longing, a complex

quadruply branching ripple-effect array
of balanced-lethal genes and a flair for risk.
You know why you are here, let no one say
otherwise, heterotic odalisque;

X marks the spot, and hot things happen next;
slippery, brimming inner places; oils surefire
for increasing suppleness and desire
and damn the consequences, baby;

they're on your turf now.

Copyright © 2013 by Amy Greacen. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Flower for the Day Oriental Lily II 6-3-17

Here are some more oriental lilies that are blooming. These are
rubrum or upfacing lilies.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Flower for the Day Oriental Lily I 6-2-17

This is a great time of year in the garden as the oriental lilies have begun to bloom.
The upfacing stargazer lily is always first by several weeks.


          Amidst greenery
   Such beauty abounds in bloom
        Reaching the sky
          This Oriental Lily
   Shows gorgeous colouration

.Copyright © | Year Posted 2014 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Flower for the Day Sweet William 6-1-17

This time of year my wildflower garden is filled with colorful Sweet William (Dianthus barbarous).
They started from seed and have come back yearly. They began on the southern edge and each 
year they have moved to the north. I'm not sure whether it is the wind or the birds or something
else that is causing this interesting spread.

Here are just a few of these flowers that are included in over 60 yards of wildflower garden.

Sweet William Haiku

Sweet William Flowers,

Tis beauty beyond nature,

Colors so perfect.


Kiwinana is Elsie Hagley from New Zealand