Garden 337

A cottage garden in an urban setting

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.

About Me

I haven’t always been a gardener, but I have always loved gardens. It has taken 16 years to get my gardens into the shape they are today. And, I’ve had help. I’m 74 years old, have rheumatoid arthritis, and had a late stage cancer six years ago. I am, though, intrepid. I’m the kind of person who plods along, tailoring my goals as I go. Last November I had a long overdue knee replacement surgery and I’m hoping this spring, summer, and fall will be able to maintain and find even more joy working in all of my garden beds. Full disclosure, though. I have a garden guy who comes once a week to work in my gardens.


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