Looking Floral

The flowers are blooming – finally. The daffodils were a no-go this spring. Probably because of the late snow. The iris were stifled by Sparky’s garden hose. The walnut trees are winning (mostly) the battle in the backyard and have either completely prevented or severely impaired the lilacs, mock orange, and forsythia from blooming. But not all is lost. The day lilies are doing their best to take up the slack and the hostas are poised to put on a magnificent show.

The first photo is the day lilies preparing to open and the second photo is a mere 4 days later! We had some rain and I swear you could hear the tomatoes growing! This last photo is my mutant lilies. The first time this happened there was just one bloom. They come back every year with more and more of these layered and ruffled blossoms.Β  They are mixed in with the regular ones and tend to open about 5 -7 days after the normal ones. Aren’t they stunning?

This 1st photo is my Asian lilies that started out bright pink when I planted them but over the last 3 years have started turning yellow. It is a mystery. And the 2nd one is of my Mary Todd Lincoln lily – the photo doesn’t do it justice as the yellow is so bright that it seems to glow!

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This last set is the hostas in the front pre-opening and then post opening. I have dark purple ones, lavender and then the white ones in the back yard!

63 thoughts on “Looking Floral

    1. Thanks Michelle! The lilies and hostas are practically the only flowers that do well with the walnut trees. I also have an abundance of lily of the valley but they bloom much earlier and have spread like weeds… the main garden in the back is where the kid’s playhouse once stood. When we took it out we had a big square spot that was covered in bark chips. It was easy to convert it to a garden…

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    1. I’m tickled you think it has variation! Sparky seems to think that the lilies and the hostas are all the plants we need. Of course the many flowers we have planted over the years have mostly been killed by the walnut trees or eaten by the deer or squirrels. That was the fate of the peonies, tulips, roses, hyacinth, and the zinnias. I’m planning on an experiment with cone flowers since they have the reputation of being nearly indestructible!

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            1. Ha! I’m waiting for someone to start squawking that they have too many cone flowers – then Sparky will take some off their hands… I do have some seeds but I should have planted them in April so they’ll have to wait until next year!

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    1. Seems to be the norm this year with the daffodils. I learned the hard way that if I wanted any hope of having daffodils, I had to plant them under chicken wire to thwart the deer. (lost a lot of bulbs the first couple years we lived here!) I have some very fond memories of geocaching in Nebraska and having to wade through a field of hollyhocks to get to the cache. It was so beautiful!!

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            1. We usually have a hard frost by the end of Oct too but this last year was too strange and we didn’t get a killing frost until nearly Thanksgiving… Of course winter then lingered forever!

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            2. Our weather patterns have been so very messed up. I worry about the fruit farms as they are really struggling! We’ve had snow in April and that has ruined much of the fruit production…

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            3. Yes – it has been topsy-turvy with it staying warm a lot longer and conversely remaining cold for much longer too. The trees are confused as are many of the plants!

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            4. We are getting a break from the heat but now it is all thunderstorms for the next week. Sparky mowed tonight since he figured it would be too wet tomorrow!

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  1. Beautiful array of flowers, Muri. We have many flowers here, surprises planted by the prior owners. A clump of orange lilies, but no ruffled ones. The yard is shady and there are hostas everywhere. The bees are craziest about the purple hosta flowers, cozying up inside them like they were sleeping bags. I’ve got 3 tomatoes almost ripe and dozens more on the vines, can’t wait until “salsa season.” πŸ™‚

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    1. Ha! That was what we had with our first house. The former owner was a real gardener – we discovered poppies and yucca and even a couple shrubs that turned out to be gooseberry bushes! It was a new discovery every day. We just harvested the first tomatoes – a hand full of cherry tomatoes and a couple beefsteak. Sadly Sparky opted to forgo the chemical application and we lost a couple big tomatoes to tomato worms… And I am NOT going to go out and pick them off the plants by hand! Ick!

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  2. beautiful lilies! My day lilies just said “No.” I think because I moved them. My iris are too crowded, but I have a problem. I cannot throw out plants and I don’t want more gardens.

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    1. Thanks Martha! We avoid moving the hostas or lilies until after they’ve finished blooming – for that very reason. Now is the time to do a plant swap. Mention to neighbors that you have a few plants that need to be “split/thinned” and that you’d be willing to make a trade. I bet someone would be willing to come out and split the iris. Maybe even swap you some “exotic” lilies for some of your iris!! They might even plant them for you if you offered some adult beverage on a hot day! (At least that’s what happens here – and is how we got some of out hostas)

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    1. I’m sure they would but the hummingbirds are all going to the quick and easy hummingbird feeder filled with sugar water! The dark read day lilies have disappeared which makes me very sad!

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            1. I would love to add “Bambi” to the freezer but we have laws that prevent the discharge of guns in residential areas. And they prohibit bow hunting within the city limits… Anyway since there are plenty of my neighbors who specifically feed the deer, it would be considered baiting which is very illegal. (I keep thinking the only way I’ll get a deer is if we have a car vs. deer situation where the deer loses!)

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    1. Just a secret – don’t tell anyone – all the plants we have are very “low maintenance” and they thrive on benign neglect! I only plant perennials since I hate to pay for plants that die in the fall and have to be replaced in the spring…

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  3. Don’t you just LOVE day lilies!?! They are so easy to grow and so satisfying too. This year I’ve planted Teddy Bear sunflowers that are promising to be quite spectacular. You’ve inspired me to post photos.

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