|Wide Wide World daylily|
Abundant rains and mostly cool temperatures have made for robust growth, both in the perennial beds and the vegetable garden. The garlic has been harvested and Jim has begun to harvest the potatoes. The garlic crop is in the basement and it is a fine crop indeed!
Last weekend, I divided and moved a few irises that I had flagged in need of new sunnier locations. We had a downpour and hail the next day and I haven't been back there to check if the newly divided plants are still covered in dirt. It is just dawn here and raining, so that will have to wait.
Speaking of dividing, the hostas I divided in June are thriving, surprising me by even putting up blossoms in late July. Here is a current photo with the recently divided hostas in the foreground, in front of the Red Oak Tree.
When I've had a spare moment, I've documented how other hostas I divided last year are doing and I delight in the fruits of my labor. I bought War Party (pictured below) in 2013 from an acquaintance in Bismarck who grew designer hosta and was selling her house. She dug a small shovelful and cautioned me that while hostas will "sulk" the first few years, this one would get huge. I have placed a blue ruler next to the boulder for perspective. I adore its turquoise hue and ribbed texture. Clearly, it is thriving.
|War Party Hosta|
|Gold Drop Hosta|
|Sunlight Child Hosta|
Right now the daylilies are glorious and each day I have a new favorite. Next week I will fly to England for a month, a dream I've had for forty years, and while I know I will miss the pleasure of my garden this time of year, I will be visiting some spectacular gardens there, along with castles and museums and more. I hope your life is as full of color and happiness as is mine.
|Mom's Pink Divinity daylily|
|Alabama Jubilee daylily|
|Yellow Titan daylily is like a beacon in the gloaming before a thunderstorm|
|Primal Scream daylily|
|Stella's Ruffled Fingers daylily|
|Patio pot lantana, butterfly heaven|
|Dakota Sunshine daylily|