Thursday, March 14, 2013
6:48 AM color inspiration, day lily, daylily, daylily blog, daylily expert, daylily haiku, daylily photography, daylily picture, daylily specialist 4 comments
<posted March 14, 2013>
This is the daylily H. 'Cave Creek Canyon.' I just love its edge, which seems to stand erect off of the petal, and not just sit on the outskirts of it. Its tightly sewn, showing off the brilliant gold-metallic coloration!
Here is the spring project, friends. The boulders and the sandstone stairs are finally in and placed just so. It's a blank slate for the start of our real front yard.
Will it be round or spiky; tall or short? Wispy and full of motion, or organized and tidy? Evergreens, trees, boxwoods, hosta, hydrangea, daylily, daisy, canna, sage, plumbago, phlox, wooly thyme or roses? YES!
My neighbors are as curious as I am as to what it will become...
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
1:00 AM day lily, daylily, daylily blog, daylily expert, daylily haiku, daylily photography, daylily picture 2 comments
posted 2/21/2013 - this is the daylily H. 'Spacecoast Golden Thimble' glowing off in my Illinois garden. I would love to see a pattern stamped on something this vibrant.
While I was supposed to be doing something else, I was surfing the internet for new ideas (like I need any more ideas.)
I found a few I think you would enjoy:
I dont have any stake in any of these websites, nor do I know any of these people personally. I just came across some cool things I had never seen before (as it relates to daylilies) and thought you would enjoy some, too.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
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posted 2/14/2013 - something red for Valentine's Day! This is the daylily H. 'Kingdom of Hearts' that was taken in my Illinois garden last summer. It pouted and sulked for two summers after planting it, but oh, it was worth the wait!
Thursday, February 7, 2013
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posted 2/7/2013 - This is the daylily H. 'Sweet Tranquility' as seen in Dan Hansen's Ladybug Daylily Garden in Geneva, Florida - 2009.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
11:54 PM color inspiration, daylily, daylily blog, daylily expert, daylily haiku, daylily photography, daylily picture, daylily specialist 1 comment
Daylilies are a delicious diversion to daily crazy. Much like the unbearable pain in Connecticut, they remind me that life is breathtakingly brief.
Hug someone extra hard. I did.
This will be the last post until after the new year- I will take a couple weeks off from the computer to enjoy the holiday, soak up my family and read to my son. Maybe I'll scrapbook. Or maybe I won't. I'll surely stoke a lot of fires, cook a lot of soups, and give a lot of hugs.
Have you seen some of the new collections for 2013? I liked these:
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and be nice, y'all. It's easier.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
9:48 AM collecting daylilies, color inspiration, day lily, daylily, daylily blog, daylily expert, daylily photography, daylily picture, thankful 1 comment
I keep a traditional pen-and-paper journal in my garden toolkit and I find myself writing in it many times throughout the year when a thought hits me in the garden. I love doodling, I love handwriting, and I love the memories it will evoke when I read it sometime in the future. I paged through that journal this weekend, looking for a list I made of soil amendments for a new raised bed. I found the list, and found other inspiration, too.
As an ode to Thanksgiving, here are some things inspired by my journal for which I am thankful...
ONE | Diversity. What brought me to daylilies was the rich diversity of form, size, shape and color. I found once I got to "daylilydom" that the people who love them are just as diverse. This mix always provides great conversation starters! I'm thankful that there are always choices, and if we don't like the path we are currently on - we can choose to change.
TWO | Hybridizers. The people who choose to focus full-time on bringing us new daylily hybrids are the oil in our engine. Their imaginations, innovations and instinct propel our hobby to new places each year. New catalogs are starting to arrive and websites are getting 2013 updates. My wallet has never been thinner. If you are curious on "who" these people are, please check out this link for a real comprehensive list (by person).
Nicole Harry's H. 'Dust and Gravity'
THREE | Learning new stuff. Every day there is something new to learn in daylilies. There are lots of good discussions now on e-robins, Facebook group pages and other blogs. Right now two hot topics I'm learning more about are raised bed edging options (all of the beds in my new gardens are raised) and cheating with Photoshop to either become a better photographer or hybridizer. Regardless of what side of the debate I am on, I enjoy the opportunity to contribute to an intelligent discussion with other passionate people. (that last sentence was a great mix of sincerity and sarcasm...LOL!)
FOUR | Real Books. For as much as I love my Kindle Fire HD and other gadgets, I love real, paper books. Above is a shot of some of my recent reads. There are so many good books about daylilies out there to chew up this cold season. Every winter I seem to re-read Sydney Eddison's A Passion For Daylilies. That never gets old. Buy a copy for some of your daylily friends. It is an enthralling and colorful story of ALL our lives. Here is a search on Amazon showing more daylily-related books you might want to check out.
Mort Morss' H. 'Curtis Montgomery'
FIVE | Committees. Yep, committees. This time of year the AHS organizes its many committees for the coming year and I am excited to be a part of a few again in 2013. I am a firm believer that if you have a beef, the best way to get some resolution is to follow the proper protocol, even if you do not believe in the politics behind the protocol. I always try to keep skin in the game. I join committees not because I have scads of free time for meetings and more email, but because I believe in improvement. I'm thankful for rational, kind minds that lack ulterior motives.
Ted Petit's H. 'Bella Isabella'
Thursday, July 19, 2012
8:50 AM 2012 national convention, AHS, collecting daylilies, color inspiration, day lily, daylily, daylily blog, daylily expert, daylily meeting, daylily photography, daylily picture, designing with the daylily 5 comments
I also drooled (as did many others) over H. 'Plane Geometry'.
Richard's cultivars were the star in many gardens (followed a very close second by Jim Murphy and Margo Reed) and my friends and I made quite a list and quickly mailed an order to Ashwood once I got to Michigan. I already grow H. 'Pigment of Imagination', which is a good thing because after this convention I doubt he will have any left to sell.
I about FELL OVER when I saw his H. 'Ashwood Dark Side', but that is a story for another garden. If your club is looking for a speaker or a keynote presenter, Richard is your guy. There aren't too many others that can captivate an audience like Richard can, and I have had the pleasure of hearing him on many occasions. The Hensley Garden featured his introductions well and it was a treat to see!
The fairy gardens were plentiful, tucked in to every sensible space. Their chief fairy-watcher Isabella popped in often to show us how she likes to play with the little things and rearrange the pieces. I love to see kids in the garden, allowed to put their hands on things without a "don't touch" coming from their parents. She was adorable and was happy to share her space with us.
The views were spectacular. One of the benefits of a smaller lot is that you can have so many vantage points from one location. I loved the rainbow of color all around, every space filled in with greens of some sort for interest.
The garden surrounded us with its intelligent humor, and I couldn't get enough. To further emphasize that point, my iPhone was on fire as soon as I boarded the bus, ordering this guy:
I knew if I didnt get it ordered, it would be sold out once I got home (much like those darn peacocks in Valdosta.) I laughed SO hard when I saw this guy hiding under the tree. I could hear him screaming with glee at his pink conquest. WHAT A HOOT! How original.
Several more of his breed appeared in the garden:
These guys are from this website and the selection there is UNREAL. These are all original pieces and I had a hard time deciding what to get, but I settled (for now) on the Flamingo-killer you see above. They are called "Gnome Be Gones" and they couldn't be more original or more HILARIOUS. They come in all sizes and occupations, looking like they wreak havoc and bring laughter throughout the garden in every form. My flamingo-killer is in transit as I write this, and I hope to share his adventures in my garden soon. Check out Sugar Post for yourself. Your funny bone will thank you.
The point is that I had a darn good time in this garden. And quite honestly, you cant say that in every garden you visit. I laughed, I enjoyed purposeful plantings and well-grown daylilies and then I laughed some more. Maybe a bit too loud, but I think the gardeners appreciated that I was tickled in their garden. A real LOL in the garden is worth a million bucks, and I could tell the Hensleys really like what they do together as a family. Maybe some day bus loads of folks will visit my garden, enjoy time with my family and laugh the same way.
I can only hope.
(L-R: H. 'Macao' , H. 'Swallowtail Kite' and H. 'Carrick Wildon')
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