Monday, July 21, 2014

The garden is peaking!

My garden is at its best in July. Lots of echinacea, hemerocallis, monarda, larkspur, zinnias, balsam, phlox, clematis...it's all here. I love this time of year at Sunsplash Gardens.

 View from above - evening


 Image from the border gardens


 Also in the border gardens - just to the north of the previous photo. Notice the two types of coreopsis? On the left is 'Zagrebe' and on the right 'Moonbeam.'


 A little bouquet for my potting bench


 I am always pleased when I see honeybees in the gardens. I don't see many.  :(
We do have lots of other bees though.


 Presenting 'White Temptation' in the moon garden
Moon gardens are all white and they seem to glow as the light of day dims.


 'Perfect Pink Princess'


'Startle'
This is not an ordinary 'Startle;' note there are two blooms fused together here.


 'Jungle Beauty'


 'Gentle Shepherd'


 'Red Plum Stripe'


 Wilson seedling - unnamed - if I were to name it, it'd be 'Neon' something.


 Ron's favorite daylily - these blossoms are HUGE. Name not known


 'Inner Destiny'


"When I grow up, I'm gonna be a monarch butterfly!"


It's July in the gardens!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Trip to Dubuque

We spent three days over the long holiday weekend in Dubuque, Iowa.


Our home away from home, Edwardian Mansion The Mandolin Inn.

Innkeeper Amy is so much fun, such an interesting person and a gracious hostess. We loved sitting in the parlor and on the porch visiting with Amy and other guests.

 The annual beds and to the top through the arbor, the prairie


 Beautiful poppies




 The rose garden


 Some of the lily gardens


 Borage in the herb garden










 The formal English garden


A great place to rest in the spirit of the English garden!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Daylily Days

I do SO love daylilies! What color, what variety! I am becoming a daylily collector. I have 80 in my gardens and plans for more.

Here is the beauty that makes me adore daylilies:

 'Blueberry Candy'


 'Strawberry Candy'


 'Custard Candy'
This is my #1 favorite daylily! I have three of these beauties!


 'French Tudor'


'Joe Martinello'


'Lacey Doily'


'Rosey Lights'


 Name not known


 'Black-eyed Susan'




 'Coral Stone'


 'Prairie Wildfire'


 'Perfect Pink Princess'


'Julie Fasset'


'Happy Apple'


'Bold Stripe'


'Double River'


'Hush Little Baby'
This one takes my breath away!

'Startle'


Wilson seedling


Wilson seedling


Bucket o' beauty - This is the result of liveheading - every evening, I walk through the gardens and remove the blooms which, as you know, last just one day and will be dead and droopy by morning. Liveheading gives me a chance to stroll in the gardens and admire/appreciate each bloom in the cool of the evening.


Asiatic lilies are past, daylilies (which are not true lilies) are peaking, and soon the orientals will be blooming. Above, Stargazer, a florist's favorite. Love the fragrance of this lily and eagerly await this year's blooms!

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