A Gardening Year

The adventures and misadventures of an heirloom gardener

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

What's blooming now

My Madonna lily is just magnificent:

The green rose in the Green Garden is blooming up a storm. Unfortunately, it appears pink, rather than green!

The Blaze roses are still "ablaze".

When I bought this lily many years ago, it was advertised as a tiger lily. Now I know that it is not. But it's still lovely.

Kiss Me Over The Garden Gate

I planted eight astilbe in the front shade garden that I am renovating. Seven survived the squirrels. This is the first to bloom:

The red will be blooming soon:

La Reine Victoria is still keeping me in suspense:

My daylilies should be magnificent this year. Look at all the buds!

All th wind and rain we have had have taken their toll on my poor garden gnome:

Some people think that this is a good thing!


At 7:57 AM, Blogger Christine said...

Love the blog~ did you end up painting your shed?

At 10:00 AM, Blogger Leah said...

Deer keep eating my lilies. I have sharp, bitten spikes where buds once were...so sad.

At 4:05 PM, Blogger crazygramma said...

Poor gnome I hope his pointy hat did not get damaged. After all how will John Cleese chase someone with him without a pointy hat?

At 8:02 PM, Blogger Stuart said...

It seems such a shame. Maybe you could replace him with something a little less gnome-ish and a little more fashionable. Or perhaps you could leave him in that position and cover him over with dirt.

Gorgeous flowers. I'm very envious of seeing all that colour in your garden.

At 8:47 PM, Anonymous Weeds Between the Cracks said...

What beautiful lilies! I have the dreaded lily leaf beetle in my garden and cannot grow lilies. I love seeing yours! What I like about gnomes is the wonderful controversy that goes along with them. I say, More Power to the Gnomes in the gardens of today & yesteryear! My two gnomes are here to stay. If I can grab a pink flamingo to join them, more the merrier.

At 12:46 AM, Blogger Tim said...

Thanks for posting your wonderful pictures! Is your Madonna Lily an Asiatic variety? Your Blaze roses are very impressive. My wife Sara grows what I thought were Tiger Lilies, but you say they’re not. What are they then?

We do our gardening on the other side of the continent, on the coast of British Columbia in Canada. But I have a brother who lives in New Jersey. My name is Tim and I grow the vegetables in our garden. Sara looks after all the flowers.

Please visit our blogsite. We just started blogging recently, but I’m enjoying it immensely. Our kids like to see pictures of their pets on the blog, but I had to promise not to post any of them or us. They’re camera shy. June, also known as Hedgehog, is ten, and Jim is eight years old as of January.

We don’t have a garden gnome (although I have thought about buying one). Are you going to revive yours? What do you feed your plants with? Many gardeners feel that compost and manure are enough. We’ve been using 100% organic nutrients made by a company called Advanced Nutrients.

Their Iguana Juice Grow and Bloom make our plants come alive in a way that they never have before we started using this product. Rated at 4-3-6, Iguana Juice is derived from a fish extract, and contains 70 minerals, krill extract, yucca extract, earthworm castings, volcanic ash, kelp meal, and alfalfa extract.

Sara reports that her Campanula latifolia has finished flowering, but her orange Calendula is just opening its petals, and some yellow ones are yet to form buds on them. Her “Stainless Steel” Acontium is flourishing (also known as Monkshood) but we’ve had some extremely hot days in the last couple of weeks, so we had to improvise a shade for some of her flowers, that don’t particularly like the hot sun. A beach sunbrella proved to be handy for this purpose.

Her Woodfield Hybrid Lupine have opened for their relatively short appearance, adding to that English garden flavor. Sara is especially proud of her New Millenium Delphinium, since several delphinia failed to make it through the winter, even though our winters here are relatively mild.

The Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus dwarf double mix) is showing off its pinkish clusters, while the Siberian Yarrow showed its appreciation of the intense sunshine by blossoming forth with clusters of light pink blooms. Yarrow has been used as a medicinal plant by the Northwest Coast first Nations for centuries.

The lavender clumps are flourishing after our Iguana Juice treatments, and they’re attracting scores of honeybees each season. Have you noticed that the honeybee supply has diminished? I’ve read on another blog that the North American bee population is half its previous size, because of some parasitical mite.

Bees are a vital part of our gardening, and I pray that they’ll stick around for a long time to come. The economies of all nations engaged in agriculture would suffer losses of billions of dollars if the bees were wiped out? Even in a small garden like ours, hand pollination would be a huge job, indeed.

Keep posting your wonderful pictures, and thanks again!

At 1:57 AM, Blogger Sylvana said...

If you don't want that gnome you can send him my way! I love your gnome (the one that is pictured at that gnome-bitter site is atrociously tacky, not like yours at all). Yours is old-school.

At 6:55 AM, Blogger Carol said...

Nice blog.
I think people call any orange lily a "tiger lily".

I have a gnome. I am not afraid to admit it. He lives in the front by the steps to the porch. At least that is where he lives when I see him. I don't know what happens out there at night!

At 3:35 AM, Blogger Tim said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and the kind words. I wouldn't mind being on Garden Voices, if it didn't involve too much additional work. We're kind of stretched too thin as it is. But feel free to take a clipping from our site if you're so moved.


At 10:22 PM, Blogger OldRoses said...

For some reason Blogger is not forwarding comments to my email. I had no idea my gnome had generated so many comments! He is alive and well (sorry Stuart!)and back to his lifeguarding duties at the birdbath.

At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Lou said...

(When I bought this lily many years ago, it was advertised as a tiger lily. Now I know that it is not. But it's still lovely.)
These are certainly called tiger lillies here in OK, even tho I want to call it a 'leopard' lily..
If it is not really a tiger lily, what is it??

At 3:28 PM, Blogger OldRoses said...

Lou, it's some kind of an Asiatic or Oriental lily. I'm not sure of the difference between the two. Tiger lilies have a different flower form. The petals are more curved backwards and the flower hangs down rather than looking up.


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