Sunday, July 15, 2018

Red Oak House Garden Notes no. 44: daylilies, daylilies, dayliles . . . and a bunch of voles

 The daylilies are coming fast and furious, accompanied by a fierce outbreak of mosquitoes. I have 189 varieties of daylilies. My sister, Beckie, and I collect these and together we have 225 varieties. We also belong to the Bismarck Mandan Daylily Club and have great fun together at the annual auction.

On Sunday, my absolute favorite of all of the 189 burst forth with its first blooms: Wide Wide World. There will be weeks of pleasure from this plant, which I strategically placed right next to my patio for maximum enjoyment.

Wide Wide World 

Yellow Titan daylily

In the vegetable beds, Jim has so far trapped 15 voles, so he is triumphant. The magic formula turned out to be half a peanut super-glued to a mousetrap, and he runs his trap line twice a day. The photos below show the initial crop of new potatoes and the damage the varmints can do if left unchecked.

He also spends a good portion of his time harvesting vegetables. The cucumbers are coming on big and pickle-making will commence any day now. His special thrill was discovering that his pepper crop is ripening early this year. Peppers are tricky to grow here in the north country and last year he had to ripen these in brown paper bags, late in the autumn.

Below is a gallery of some of the newest daylilies to open, along with a few zinnias for good measure.

Tijuana daylily

Roses in Snow daylily

Dominic daylily

Profusion Orange zinnias that survived the slugs

Profusion Yellow zinnias that survived the slugs

Love in the Library daylily (naturally, one of my favorites) 

Siloam Red Ruby daylily

Siloam Tiny Tim daylily

Fireberry daylily

Big-hearted Jim daylily

Rock Solid daylily

Ice Carnival daylily
Night Embers daylily

Chesapeake Crablegs daylily

Prairie Home Companion daylily

Coyote Moon daylily

Ernest daylily 

Ernest daylily

Alabama Jubilee daylily

Another Day daylily

Siloam Ury Winifred daylily

Radiant Simplicity daylily

Zahara Double Raspberry zinnia

Further in Summer than the Birds -
Pathetic from the Grass -
A Minor Nation celebrates
It's unobtrusive Mass -

No Ordinance be seen -
So gradual the Grace
A pensive Custom it becomes
Enlarging Loneliness -

'Tis Audiblest, at Dusk -
When Day's attempt is done -
And Nature nothing waits to do
But terminate in Tune -

Nor difference it knows
Of Cadence, or of Pause -
But simultaneous as Same -
The Service emphacize -

Nor know I when it cease -
At Candles, it is here -
When Sunrise is - that it is not -
Than this, I know no more -

The Earth has many keys -
Where Melody is not
Is the Unknown Peninsula -
Beauty - is Nature's Fact -

But Witness for Her Land -
And Witness for Her Sea -
The Cricket is Her utmost
Of Elegy, to Me -

Emily Dickinson

Little Light of Mine daylily

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Red Oak House Garden Notes no. 43: the daylilies enter the stage with a bang

Now is the time when all of our hard work in the gardens of Red Oak House pay us with the joy of abundant blossoms and fresh vegetables. We've eaten the first of our tomato crop --  all juicy and scrumptious, along with fresh peas and beans. Now are the days of meals we call "nothing from the store." Meanwhile, Jim is busy trapping a vole outbreak before these ruin our potato crop.

The daylilies have entered the stage with a bang. Their abundant blooms salve my displeasure that most of the zinnias have been consumed by slugs. Here is a gallery of some of my favorites from this week.

The winner for today was Happy Returns daylily, with 42 blossoms!

Happy Returns daylily

Yesterday, I counted 31 blossoms on Itsy Bitsy Spider daylily.

Itsy Bitsy Spider daylily

Wellspring of Wisdom daylily

Butter Cream daylily

Stella's Ruffled Fingers daylily

Happy Returns and Stella's Ruffled Fingers daylily

Prairie Blue Eyes daylily

Light Years Away daylily

Prairie Moonlight daylily

Carpenter Shavings daylily

Jambalaya daylily

Mom's Pink Divinity daylily

Little Audrey daylily

Zola's Pink Nightgown daylily

Although their beauty is more subtle, the hostas are blooming too. What a great time of year it is.

"Each day you must say to yourself, Today I am going to begin."
Jean Pierre de Caussade