First Knight and Storm of the Century

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.

First Knight

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.


Crocosmia Bud

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.

New Fountain

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.

4 thoughts on “First Knight and Storm of the Century

  1. I too have started the summer semester and said partial goodbyes to my garden. As a student though, and not a professor. It’s a sweetly sad thing isn’t it? Torn between our loves. Well, I can’t say I love the idea of the algebra test I have at 8 o’clock this morning but I love school and I can feel “Intro to Botany” right around the corner! Your garden will be there when you get home. Love your photos and have enjoyed perusing your blog this morning over coffee…trying not to have butterflies in my stomach. By the way, the “value of X” is always found in the garden.

    • Oh, I’ve always wondered what the value of x was. I was never able to figure that out in my brief encounters with algebra. My professoring does not take place in a mathematics field. Call me English (but not Ishmael). Enjoy that coffee and smell the roses, too.

  2. One of the worst things about being a tropical gardener is that I get to see absolutely gorgeous blooms in blogs and books. I lose my heart to them and yearn for them but there’s no way they’ll grow or bloom for me … sigh!

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