My summer semester begins tomorrow and so my leisurely days in the garden will be a bit limited. And, wouldn’t you know, today it has been stormy. But I pulled a few weeds that had popped up. And I deadheaded a few spent day lilies. First Knight started blooming a couple days ago. It is one of my favorites, even though it isn’t pink.
My favorite day lily, Storm of the Century bloomed today. I’ve included a picture here, though this first flower seems to have gotten a little bruised in its birthing process.
Several years ago a friend divided his crocosmia and gave me some of the extras. But the little clumps of roots were, um, little. And, I transplanted them several times before they found a permanent home. Well, permanent in a garden is not quite possible. Anyway, I found a couple plants at a garden center and planted those. They bloomed a bit last year, but this year, it looks like I am going to get a nice show. And, my friend’s crocosmia have long budded spires, too. So, I’ll see these scarlet bird-like flowers in two places in the secret garden. The clumps that my friend gave me are nestled in front of the dutchman’s pipe “wall.” The plants I bought at a garden center are at the edge of the large day lily bed in the middle of the secret garden. I thought the foliage would make a nice transition from the lilies to whatever else ends up next. At the moment that is Tiny Nancy asiatic lilies.
And, remember the fountain that I killed? The one that I never covered last winter and suffered a fatal crack? The one that is now a planter in the Secret Garden? Well, it’s replacement arrived this past week. It’s burble is welcoming neighborhood birds, who found it within an hour. I think I might even like this fountain more than the other one.
I went on the Ottawa Hills Garden Tour yesterday. There were some lovely gardens, and, inspired by some of the things I saw, went to Phil’s Stuff hoping to find some little treasure to place in one of the gardens. I bought two iron stakes with ornaments on the top. I haven’t decided where to put them yet. Maybe I’ll do that this evening. I also picked up some annuals to plunk into some empty spaces, including a flat of nicotiana.