Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, Part 2

June 17th, 2010

Well, there weren’t quite as many flowers in bloom at Tangled Branches North as I had hoped. And most of those were already on yesterday’s list for Tangled Branches South. But I do have a few more daylilies north than south, so how about if we watch the daylilies open?

Daylily 6AM

6 AM, just beginning to open

Daylily 6:30AM

Not much change by 6:30

Daylily 8:15AM

But fully open by 8:15

This was the first daylily I ever planted (over 20 years ago). The variety is ‘Medallion’. The other daylily varieties at Tangled Branches North are unknown to me. I have “the big yellow one”, “the dark red one”, “the one that looks like Stella d’Oro”, and “the one that is probably ‘Siloam Baby Talk’. I have two more whose name I do know (‘Apricot Petticoats’, ‘Squash Tempura’) that I moved to Tangled Branches South this spring. They haven’t bloomed yet.

For completeness, here’s the list of plants in bloom at Tangled Branches North which aren’t duplicated at Tangled Branches South:

  • Bottlebrush Buckeye (Aesculus parviflora)
  • Shasta daisy
  • Asclepias tuberosa
  • Santolina (the green leaved one with pale yellow flowers)
  • Coreopsis verticillata ‘Moonbeam’
  • various groundcover-type Sedums
  • Passiflora incarnata

More accurately, Passiflora incarnata was blooming until I pulled out every shoot I could find. Some plants should come with warning labels, and this is the year I finally got fed up with its wandering ways. The shoots are coming up everywhere, some a good 10 feet from where it was originally planted. When I planted it next to our neighbors’ fence, those neighbors were hardly ever outdoors and did basically no outdoor maintenance on the property (not even mowing the lawn). Now we have different neighbors who are the exact opposite – anything that can be mowed, sheared or edged is mowed, sheared or edged always. So I’m sure they’re unhappy at finding tropical-looking vines sprouting everywhere, but on the other hand, those vines are mowed off immediately. On our side of the fence, it’s a different story…

6 Responses to “Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, Part 2”

  1. Tabor says:

    I am just getting into daylilies. I like their variety in bloom seasons but I wish I had more sun in my yard. I love the color of this one.

    • entangled says:

      It really glows in twilight. All my daylilies in the suburbs are in part shade (’cause I don’t have any place that’s full sun there), but they seem to do fine with no more than a few hours of sun.

  2. Hmm. I am now a little worried about the passionflower vine I planted. It is, however, supposed to not be hardy here… do you think I’m safe?

    The asclepias is another August-bloomer for me, typically, but after reading your list it occurred to me that I saw a couple with color on the flower buds. Is this early for them to bloom in your garden, too?

    • entangled says:

      Oh boy, I don’t know about the passionflower. If it’s P. incarnata and it does prove hardy there, well….I’m getting close to dropping the H(erbicide)-bomb on it here. It might be possible to control it with diligence, but I don’t spend enough time there to be able to pull out every shoot as soon as it appears. I think some of the other species and hybrids are not quite as aggressive?

      The asclepias usually blooms twice a year for me, once in early summer and once in late summer, but the early summer bloom is heavier.

  3. wendy says:

    Wow, 20 years ago? That day lily must be so special! I like your time lapse shots. That’s so cool to see how they open.

    • entangled says:

      Hmmm, now that you mention it, I started thinking about which of my plants might be the oldest. That one is definitely in the running.

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