It’s always tough to go leave the garden and go on vacation. It seems like something (or everything) is ready to just burst out in color or ripen just in time to go away. Or the weather can you throw you a curve ball and get crazy hot/cold or dry/wet. Very unpredictable. I assumed this year was no different, so right before we left I had my daughter Emily take some pictures to do a little before and after.
Some of the flowers were already in full bloom and likely will be past peak before we get back…
Some were ready to bloom and I can only hope I don’t miss the show…
The vegetables were flourishing. The cooler weather vegetables were starting to show signs of stress and looking ready to bolt, but still fine to harvest for a little while longer. Peppers, squash and beans were almost ready, so my friend who is helping with dog sitting and plant watering should get some treats. I’d hate for them to go to waste and there’ll be plenty more. Tomatoes are growing like gang-busters, but not expecting any ripe ones quite yet.
Vacations are always a little tricky to be sure everything stays healthy in the garden. Right before we left for almost 2 weeks, I gave everything a watering with Miracle-Gro fertilizer and dead-headed everything that would benefit from it. I set the sprinkler to try and optimize waterings, and had a friend also check on things and keep the pots watered. I also tried to be sure the plants that needed staking were supported so things wouldn’t be too out of hand when I got back.
It’s the beginning of October and the days are getting shorter, the nights growing colder. While yesterday I posted about the good things in the fall garden, there are also a lot of plants and beds that are really past their prime. Whether it’s overgrown, or the plants need to be trimmed back, or just haven’t aged well, they really detract from the pretty parts of the yard. Here’s some of the plants and spaces that don’t make me smile.
Those beautiful daylilys are really past their prime!
I’m not even sure what happened to these hostas??? Slugs, rabbits, too much sun, water???
Some beds are just not right and need plants moved/and or added. Will be doing that soon!
My vegetable garden is just too small and becomes overgrown every year. But, I think I finally have a plan to expand the garden!
Plants need to be split. Need to get on that, too!
After looking at all this mess, I went to the farmers market and pick up a lovely bunch of gladiolas!
Some close ups of the daylilies in my yard. I’m still working on the identification part, so if I have something wrong, or you know what I can’t find yet, please let me know!
I realized that part of my identification problem was thinking that the daylily was the wrong color. For example, the Catherine Woodbury. I searched for the longest time under peach daylilies, but it wasn’t until I searched for all tall, traditional bloom types that it popped up. They were under lavender, so I went back out and sure enough, there’s the lavender. As the flowers are fading it becomes even more striking. I’m trying to use that trick with the 2 species that I’m still not sure of.
Strawberry Candy and Russion Sage
Royal Palace Prince
Royal Palace Prince
Same unknown as previous picture. Mixed with Bee Balm
Now that I’ve spent some time studying the daylilies in my own yard, I’ve been noticing all the different daylilies around me. In the neighborhood, parking lots, storefront gardens–I’m surprised at all the varieties that I never noticed before.
We have a lot of different daylilies around our yard. They are so pretty when they are full bloom and great space fillers. With the introduction of so many varieties of reblooming types, daylilies really can have a place of prominence in the garden. This has been a particularly good year for the daylilies, so the gardens have been just a succession of pretty colors. Of course, when I planted them, I promptly lost the name tags and didn’t write many their names down anywhere. I’ve done my best to figure out what is what, but I welcome any help in identifying what is in my garden.
I stumbled across The American Hemerocallis Society site, Oakes Daylilies, and Olallie Daylily Gardens, among other great daylily websites, while trying to identify my plants and loved their site. They, and the others, provide a wealth of information and daylily help. I had no idea there are so many different varieties out there. I might be tempted to add a few more to my garden…
After fixing up the garden in the front of the house, inevitably another spot is starting to look messy and unpleasant. Many elements of this corner garden are struggling. The overgrown Miss Kim Lilac, the mishmash of day lilies, a giant decorative rock mostly buried under the shrub that serves no purpose, constant weeds, and dead daffodil leaves are a few examples. This corner says anything but “Welcome to my house!”
So we really needed to spruce this up a bit. The giant flat accent rock and daylilies moved to another spot and immediately the site perked up. I was going to leave some of the daylilies right on the front corner and add 2 boxwoods to the spot next to yew. As soon as we set the boxwoods there, it was obvious the other daylilies had to go and one more boxwood was added. The lilac, I will continue to prune in hopes that one day it’ll be small and full again. And here’s what it looks like now!
One of the constant things I mysteriously find in the garden is small rocks. They are everywhere! I assume they are remnants of the initial house construction and walkway construction. I bring this up because I found about a bucketful in this small area. Rocks are one of those things that I just don’t know what to do with. They’re not landscaping waste, too heavy for the regular trash, so they now go to help fill in the swale in the back that has river rock in it.