When June Bloom Day, the invention of my friend Carol of May Dreams Gardens rolls around, the brilliantly sunny days are greeted by lilies and lots of them. Years of adding and spreading, click here for a how to on bulblets, have made for some spilling swaths in the Lawn/Meadow. I chuckle at the Verbena bonariensis photo bombing the shot of scented Asiatics Lilium ‘Royal Fantasy’, front, and L. ‘Royal Sunset’, behind. HA
The row of L. ‘Royal Fantasy’ that edges the Daylily Hill grows larger each year, spilling down the slope. Beginning as ten bulbs planted singly in holes a couple of feet apart, they have increased to hundreds. The scent seems to surge in the morning or as the sun sets.
In the Shed Bed, Lilium ‘Regale’ stands tall in front of the waving matrix spill of Stipa tenuissima. Echinacea tennesseensis has cross pollinated to produce tall stems of various petal curving. Red Salvia greggii splashes color and attracts hummingbirds.
More lilies are added each year along the Azalea Walk to continue the interest there into summer’s spill of sunshine. Orangey hues stand up best to this strong light and attract pollinators with the energetic colors.
One of the newer bulbs, ordered from B&D Lilies is the scented Asiatic Lilium ‘First Crown’. This was recently moved from the Black Garden to the other oranges for more of a dynamic spill. Don’t be afraid to move lilies for better siting. I do it a lot, in fact, along with moving most every other plant here. Dig deeply to try to get under the mother bulb, easier if the bulb has only been in the ground a year or so.
Dahlia ‘Mystic Spirit’ was purchased during the Fling in Asheville, North Carolina last year when we visited the very fine nursery B.B. Barns. It is bigger and better and covered in buds after wintering over in the raised box dedicated to Dahlias. Year after year the Dahlias return, so more keep getting added. Can there be too many? Well, um no, there can’t, there is always room for more.
Another large collection that begins spilling color in June are the daylilies. Hemerocallis ‘Pardon Me’ was the first daylily planted here, brought in the Noah’s Ark of plants when we moved to this Tennessee house from Texas in 2000. It has been spread and shared far and wide and remains one of my favorites. It is always one of the first to open and continues to bloom all summer long.
A newer cultivar is Hemerocallis ‘Buddy’s Black Jack’. It is planted with several others of darker shades in the Black Garden. In an aside, I don’t always deadhead the daylilies, but when I do, I always cut off buds accidentally. HA
2013 has been one of the best years for seed sowing. A nice patch of Borago officinalis has reached blooming size. Seeds will be saved, it is hoped, to continue this success. I do love the sky blue petals of these edible flowers.
Seeds of various Digitalis were planted along the lower wall that was redone to defeat the vole population living and vandalizing the plantings there. Click here to read about that. Tags were duly stuck into each section to identify the seedlings, if any were to grow and flower. Several of these germinated but they all look the same pale yellow with tiny flowers to me, possibly Digitalis micrantha? Now the goal is to see how perennial they might be.
Several containers were planted with a fan favorite, the bat faced Cuphea llavea. There are several types of Cupheas planted here for the hummers and butterflies. They are tough and sturdy plants, withstanding drought and heat. Always purchased from dear Ruth at Mouse Creek Nursery, we will be on our own trying to propagate them since that wonderful establishment is closing its business doors on July 13 of this year. A well earned retirement for Ruth and her husband will allow them free time to travel and pursue their other interests. We wish them well!
After the daily garden chores are tackled in the coolth of earliest morn, garden viewing and wildlife watching occur. Seating is strategically located to best observe the goings on and sometimes photos are snapped of supping Great Spangled Fritillary butterflies on butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa. My heart spilleth over when that happens.