"Your garden is pretty."
"Oh, you should have seen it last week, when the [insert plant name here] was blooming."
How many times have we made a subtle excuse for our gardens in this way? Someone compliments us - they like our garden just as they see it - but we are remembering the roses that were in full bloom and are now taking a breather. We wish they'd been able to see the Asiatic lilies when they stood tall and proud and bright, that now look a little bedraggled.
But that's how the garden is, isn't it? Every flower has its day and thank goodness they don't all have it all at once. We start with those little darlings in the spring, the crocuses, which give way to tulips and daffodils and then comes the parade of perennials all summer long, each taking their turn in the spotlight.
This week, the daylilies have taken center stage. They'll perform well for the next few weeks and provide the bulk of color throughout Max's Garden.
|'Siloam Show Girl'|
|'Pardon Me', a miniature|
|'Butterscotch Ruffles', a miniature|
|'Siloam Double Classic', which doesn't always exhibit double form.|
|'Ruffles and Lace'|
|'Razzmatazz', a miniature, showing a polytepal bloom (has four petals and |
four sepals instead of the usual 3/3)
|'Prairie Champ '|
|I call this one 'Lovely Lana'. It's an unnamed hybrid by Lana Wolff.|
|'Prairie Blossoms', a miniature|
|Unknown red daylilies|