Welcome! Before today's garden tour, would you like a slice of lemon icebox pie?
I admire the color and texture of the astilbes.
Nigella has interesting texture too.
I have two patches of nigella in the garden. So far, just a few blooms...but when they all come on, how lovely it will be!
This is what is commonly known as "ditch lily." I really find them quite lovely, despite the fact they are common. This is one of several plants growing in my garden that were gifts from my mother-in-law: from her garden, to mine.
The pink portaluca are stunners too.
A bouquet for the table on my deck
These are called rain lilies, or fairy lilies. I was only getting a few blooms at a time, while my neighbor has profuse blooms. I thought perhaps repotting was in order, so I did that today. There were many little bulblets - now I have two pots of rain lilies. I also moved them to a spot that is shadier. My neighbor's sit on her shaded deck and they bloom profusely. We'll see what happens. Gardening is sometimes an experiment.
Art in the garden
To make one of your own, glue a cup to a saucer using construction adhesive. We used "Loc Tite." Glue a 1/2" copper plumbing cap on the bottom of the saucer. Let dry well. Place on a 5/8" painted dowel. Voila!
I'm in love with daylilies.
Did you know that daylilies (hemerocallis) are not true lilies? They have tubers, whereas true lilies have bulbs.
I'm so happy that the daylilies have begun to bloom. Stella d' Oro has been blooming for a week or two and some of my others have just begun.
You may ask, what are the names of those stunners in the two photos above? Well, sorry, but if I knew, I'd have told you....bad gardener!!! Did not label some of the plants in my garden!!!
Lupine, another of my favorite flowers.
Many gardeners tell me they have trouble growing lupine. Here are a few tips:
1) Lupine is a short-lived perennial. Thus, if you want to keep lupines going, plant a few every year.
2) Lupines don't like being moved. (But I still have done it when necessary.)
3) Put a little peat in the planting hole.
4) Don't let lupines go to seed; if you do, you'll get "babies," but the adult plant may well die. Therefore, I'm in favor of clipping the flower before it begins to go to seed.
Another pretty daylily. This one is 'Double River' and there's a story behind it. In 2010, we went on a Master Gardener bus tour to Cedar Rapids. One of the gardeners was generous and gifted us with starts of hemerocallis from her garden. Ron and I were the last ones off the bus and there were several left. We received and gladly planted 'Double River', 'Happy Apple', 'Autumn Minaret' and a couple of others that I cannot remember the name of (but they ARE labelled in the garden). Now, as if that wasn't enough, this gardener, Wanda Lunn, gifted me with a start of 'Strawberry Candy' this year - I'd told her I admired it and she dug up and mailed me a piece - then, when I sent her some cash to cover her postage - she purchased a membership in the Iowa Regional Lily Society for me, with the $ I'd sent her. Now is that generosity, or what!
A delicate white rose in the Moon Garden
A partial view of my Moon Garden.
A washtub full of Sweet Potato vine
Other bloggers have praised this one; now it's my turn: what a great bloomer! Supertunia 'Vista Bubblegum'
More garden art
I'm going to have a lot of spaghetti squash this year!
And, I AM going to fry up some blossoms too.
Rudbeckia: Unknown variety
Rudbeckia 'Indian Summer'
1995 AAS winner
Rudbeckia 'Prairie Sun'
2003 AAS winner
Rudbeckia Vine 'Lemon-a-peel'
Now about that pie....
Linking with Tootsie at Tootsie Time for Fertilizer Friday. Be sure to stop over and see the amazing gardens - you know, one could say this is PEAK garden season in North America...but then again, that all depends upon what you plant!