Six on Saturday – Daylilies and Deadheading

I’ve been reading that gardeners in parts of England and France are experiencing a drought and have to spend a lot of time watering every day.   Parts of southern Ontario have also been without rain for several weeks (although it’s been really, really, I mean really, humid…) but gardeners who rely on a well for their water supply generally have to pick and choose what gets watered.  Tomatoes, obviously.  Newly planted perennials, shrubs and trees, probably.  The rest?  Heavy sigh.  Rudbeckia, Echinacea, Spirea, even Echinops are all showing signs of water stress.  I can only hope for the best, and hope the “40% chance of showers” turns into a worthwhile rainfall.

In any event, the cycle of life goes on, seeds develop and Hemerocallis are naturally drought tolerant so they’re the shining stars in the garden today,

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Lupine seedheads July 14 2018 sm
1 – Lupine seed heads ready to be collected.  I’ll either scatter these around in September/October or store them indoors for starting in pots.  I may even keep them until next spring.  They’re THAT easy to grow!
Carolina Lupine seeds forming July 14 2018
2 – Another Lupin – but not really.  The seed head from Carolina Lupin – Thermopsis villosa.  In a month or so these will be nicely blackened and ready for harvesting.  I bought  tiny plant at Fuller Native Plants in Bellevue last year and it just took off this spring.
Allium karataviense seeds July 14 201
3 – Allium karataviense seeds – kinda neat how they appear n pods of three.  I haven’t decided if I’ll collect them for propagation — it takes such a long time for the bulbs to get large enough to produce flowers.
mauve daylily July 14 2018
4 – I love this daylily – the colour to me looks so sweet you’d think it’s made of spun sugar.  I purchased it last year at Bonibrae Daylilies here in The County.  They have fields of day lilies now in bloom – it’s a fabulous site!
Peach daylily a July 14 2018
5 – I’ve had this peach daylily for years and years. It may be my favourite colour.  Plus it lets me take divisions of its roots so that now I have it all over the place.  Smallish, tidy…muted yet noticeable.  Perfect.
yellow-orange daylilies July 14 2018
6 – nothing much special about this one except I started it from seed a few years ago so it holds a special place in my heart!  It’s a cross between varieties I don’t know the name of…doesn’t really matter though, does it?

18 Comments

  1. The weather forecasting website keeps predicting ‘rain in 84 minutes… 22 minutes…’ etc. but nothing ever happens. C’mon rain!
    Your daylilies are terrific. They really are tough and a mainstay to the July garden.

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    1. So the forecast today was rain starting at 8:20 a.m. and lasting about an hour. I went for a run anyway and had maybe three drops fall. Then about an hour ago …thunder, lightning, and a nice 45 minute downpour. The rain barrels are full! #unexpectedpleasures

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  2. I am such a fan of those gorgeous seeds and seedbeds (and seed pods)! My lupine look ravaged by comparison, but I’m managing to save some seed to start plenty in the fall. When I’ve simply scattered them around, they were remarkably unsuccessful, or perhaps munched, so I’ll try in pots.

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    1. When scattering in the fall I find I have to throw down a lot! But in the spring there seems to be much better germination. I’ve also tried scattering/planting right abut now and have been successful in getting baby plants started that survive the winter. Whatever works for you!

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      1. The seed of your specie probably get eaten more than those here, so must provide a surplus of seed so that a few out of the many survive. If ours do not get eaten, there is not need to waste resources on unnecessary and redundant seed. The native yucca makes huge flower stalks with ugly fruits loaded with MANY seed because almost all of them get eaten by the larvae of the moth that pollinated in in the first place.

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  3. Those lupin seedpods are scrumptious. The local church had put lupins into a new bed & I’d been ogling the seedpods, but then someone came along w/a strimmer & cut everything down. The whole lot. My evil plot to steal from a church dashed that easily. The lilies are impressive, especially that purple beauty. Hope you get some rain soon.

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    1. Your lupin plans sound like my plans to dig up lilacs growing at the side of the road only to have the County come along and mow everything down before I can get back with a shovel and a bucket! We’ve been getting bits of rain but nothing serious enough to help much. Temperatures have dropped at least, and the rain barrels aren’t totally empty.

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