Mid-Summer Perfection

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Most gardeners are by no means happy.  They all the time see some plant of their backyard that ought to be pruned again and even eliminated, or they wish to do a whole makeover of all or a part of their backyard.  I am no exception, but when there may be one time of yr once I sit again and say, “Wow, I really like my backyard!” then it’s now.  Proper now I can have a look at my backyard with out considering I would like so as to add one thing right here or there or specializing in the weeds; as a substitute I’m simply having fun with it.  Daylilies and coneflowers are at their peak, and the backyard is a riot of clashing, however attractive coloration proper now.

Relating to daylilies, I throw out any coloration scheme and plant in line with peak and wherever I can discover an empty spot of soil to plant “only one extra.”  I do not even keep in mind planting these yellow lilies, nor do I keep in mind the place they got here from, so it is only a blissful accident that the new pink phlox within the again present some contrasting coloration.

I do keep in mind the names for a lot of of my daylilies, nevertheless, particularly what I name my “literary lilies,” vegetation I bought solely due to their names, not their look.  ‘Tennyson’ is a kind of who additionally occurs to be lovely.

‘Divine Comedy’ is one other.
And there may be my private favourite, ‘Mistress Prynne,’ who’s simply beginning to bloom.


There are a number of others with literary names that I will not take time to point out you at the moment, together with ‘Romeo Lies Bleeding,’ a crimson lily with a yellow throat and edging.  I searched and looked for a Juliet to go together with him, however had no luck.  So when I discovered this one-of-a-kind hybrid at an area daylily farm, I purchased her and named her Juliet myself.  You will not discover her registered anyplace; she solely grows in my backyard!  The daylily growers hydbridize many lilies after which resolve which of them they wish to propagate.  “Juliet” did not go the take a look at, so that’s the reason she is one among a sort, however I believe they made a mistake–she is a good magnificence and albeit, surpasses ‘Romeo’ in dimension and variety of flowers.

‘Yellow Pinwheel’ would not have any literary connections, however I could not resist this tall, massive magnificence.  It is purported to be a later lily, which is why I bought it, however it’s early this yr.  So many vegetation in my backyard this yr appear somewhat off schedule.

There are additionally so many NOIDs in my backyard, some as a result of I merely have forgotten their names and a few as a result of they had been passalongs.  Above is likely one of the lilies given to me by my aunt, so I merely name them “Nettie’s Rubies.”

It is a passalong from buddy Beckie, who cannot keep in mind its identify.  I normally gravitate towards pastel colours in lilies, however this darkish bloomer has actually grown on me–its throat positively glows within the daylight.


One other no-name; I believe it additionally was a one-time hybrid from the daylily farm.


One other one-time hybrid I planted a number of years in the past that I named “Prairie Dawn.”  My buddy Beckie and I’ve bought a number of of those hybrids through the years, partly as a result of they seem to be a discount, and partly as a result of it is enjoyable to call them ourselves, figuring out we’ve one thing distinctive in our gardens.

I will not take time to point out all my daylilies right here, or this publish could be a lot too lengthy, however I’ve to share this one.  This magnificence simply appeared this year–I swear I’ve by no means seen it earlier than, and I am 99% optimistic I did not plant it.  I am considering it could be a volunteer that’s the results of cross-pollination between two close by lilies.  I suppose I am going to by no means know, however it’s a welcome addition to the backyard!

In addition to the daylilies Hemerocallis,  just a few Orienpets are additionally blooming.  That is purported to be ‘Black Magnificence,’ however I am not so positive.

Now this is the colour ‘Black Magnificence’ is meant to be, I imagine.  Maybe a case of mislabeled bulbs or my defective memory–it actually would not matter, I get pleasure from them each.

The Orientals are additionally starting to bloom together with ‘Salmon Shock,’ which is having to struggle for room among the many spreading coneflowers.

Lilies aren’t the one blooms in my backyard proper now, nevertheless.  Blackberry Lily, Iris domestica, took awhile to get established in my backyard, however now it’s spreading, which makes me blissful.


Phlox, together with the white ‘David’ and an unknown pink, present a stunning backdrop for shorter blooms within the Arbor Mattress.


Hydrangeas are simply beginning to bloom as properly.  It is a new cultivar given to me by a buddy who’s with Bailey Nurseries, referred to as ‘Bloomstruck.’  It is purported to be an improved model of ‘Limitless Summer season,’  producing extra blooms, however what has struck me up to now this yr is that the blooms actually are blue!  In my alkaline soil, “blue” hydrangeas all the time flip pink.  I am preserving my fingers crossed that this stays blue.


One other new bloom in my garden–the first time I have been profitable with Crocosmia.  I believe that is ‘Lucifer,’ however I am undecided.



Within the butterfly backyard, the native gray-headed coneflower Ratibida pinnata rises above butterfly weed and different natives.


And, after all, no summer season Bloom Day publish could be full with out exhibiting off my beloved purple coneflowers, Echinacea purpurea.
Whereas initially planted within the Sidewalk Backyard within the earlier photograph and within the Roadside Backyard, they’ve unfold to most different flowerbeds as properly, together with the Arbor Mattress above.  I do know lots of you’ve got commented that you haven’t any luck in rising these, and whereas I would wish to take credit score for my success with them, the very fact is, they merely like Illinois prairie soil.  And sure, I do know this space is reaching jungle proportions–the results of my behavior of plopping new vegetation in any naked inch of soil I can discover😊
Sometimes, I dig up volunteer seedlings and share them others, however I’ve a tough time thinning these out, as a result of the bees and butterflies love them.
Sadly, I have not seen many butterflies this summer season apart from the Crimson Admirals.

However look what else has been having fun with the coneflowers!  You might have to enlarge the photograph to see him, however this little hummingbird has been sampling them the previous couple of days–I’ve by no means seen a hummingbird within the coneflowers earlier than.

Coneflowers are normally a butterfly magnet, and my persistence lastly paid off yesterday when the primary Monarch since spring arrived.  I definitely hope to see extra of those because the summer season continues.

There’s a lot extra happening in my backyard proper now that I have not included right here, however should you’re within the neighborhood, cease by!  I am unable to consider a greater time in my backyard than mid-July.

As all the time, I am a day late to the get together often called Backyard Blogger’s Bloom Day, however I’ve a sense this get together goes to go on for awhile.  Thanks, as all the time, to our hostess Carol of May Dreams Gardens.

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