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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Goodbye to 2011

The most beautiful rainbow I think I've ever seen...right here in Stafford, Va...on 122711:

I'll post some more of it and the second rainbow over on Picture This.

We've had some unusually warm days this December (no complaints here) and also some good rain.

Popping up through the weeds, the snowdrops are already beginning. It looks like the first to bloom will be 'Bertram Anderson':

Here's hoping you're enjoying yourself this New Year's Eve.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Beautiful PA

This past weekend found me in PA for the annual Lilyhemmer meeting. It was terrific, as usual, and a longer post will follow. But first, I just wanted to share how beautiful the drive up there is this time of year....

Gorgeous! Love those autumn colors!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Blooming in September....

...and will continue until frost is Kleim's Hardy Gardenia...

Although it doesn't exactly cover itself in blooms like I would like, it is certainly nice to have a gardenia make it here. The first few years were iffy, but it's now a pretty good sized shrub. It's in a bit of a protected location but also endures less sun than it probably would like.

This one and the gardenia Chuck Hayes are the only two of several that I have tried to persevere here. Chuck Hayes suffered greatly this last winter (which wasn't a particularly harsh winter) and I lost about half of the shrub. It's doing okay. I think its problem is the late freezes we can have pops out with its new spring growth too early and then really suffers.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Now THAT'S a Spider...

'Tis spider season....and while I often see these garden spiders, this is a particularly large one...maybe the largest I've seen. I happened upon her (if you follow the link, you'll know why) while digging daylilies; fortunately, I spied her before I ran into the quite awesome web.

I got a kick out of noticing all the weed seeds caught in the web (one of the reasons I saw it)'s been quite the year for weeds...oh my.

It's been a bit rainy today, so I haven't been out to check to see if she is still there....

I was glad to learn these spiders are considered harmless, since she is quite scary looking...and also because, well, there are more than a few of them around...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Seeing Red...

Mr. Cardinal came in for a pretty close look...

...he's sitting in the pot ghetto....

Later, he moved to the bench...more comfortable, I suppose (joke...haha)... was pretty neat to have him around. I hope he and the missus will stay....they just need to be extra cautious...Sam and Leo, you know...

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Happy Campers

The daylilies below are no longer the latest and greatest, but they are still very good performers....and I happen to like them all, so they get to stay...

Missouri Memories:

From the AHS Daylily Database:

Missouri Memories (Hansen, 1992)
height 26", bloom 6", season L, Rebloom, Evergreen, Diploid, Pale orchid pink with lavender violet band above green throat.

Lake Effect:

From the AHS Daylily Database:

Lake Effect (Stamile, 1996)
height 23", bloom 7.25", season M, Rebloom, Dormant, Tetraploid, Fragrant, Mauve purple with a blue gray lavender eyezone and green throat. (Druid's Chant × Big Blue)

Michael Miller:

From the AHS Daylily Database:

Michael Miller (Stamile, 2000)
height 30", bloom 6", season EM, Rebloom, Evergreen, Tetraploid, 22 buds, 3 branches, White with gold edge above green throat. (Great White × Platinum and Gold)

South Pacific:

From the AHS Daylily Database:

South Pacific (Smith-FR, 2005)
height 34", bloom 6", season EM, Rebloom, Semi-Evergreen, Tetraploid, 30 buds, 4 branches, Coral pink with yellow watermark and edge above green throat. (Belle Cook × Seabiscuit)

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis:

From the AHS Daylily Database:

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (Grace-Smith, 2004)
height 28", bloom 6", season E, Rebloom, Semi-Evergreen, Tetraploid, 28 buds, 6 branches, Pink with gold edge above green throat. (Linda's Magic × sdlg)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Garlic Time!

Today my order from Filaree Farm arrived. Yippee! You know how I love my garlic...

I had forgotten how much I had ordered (nine varieties!)....which, I suppose, is what happens when you order in early March and are longing for spring and gardening season to begin...

I thought it might be interesting to see the order:

Neat, huh?

I have garlic downstairs in the basement...where the lighting isn't too good...especially when you go down there at night (like just a few minutes ago...)...

So, I have the new garlic (plus...ahem...a few varieties I just ordered from can I resist??) and this garlic to plant this now...

Sorry for the dark get the idea....I'm excited to plant all the garlic and looking forward to...yum...trying all the varieties!

Monday, September 12, 2011

It Takes Two...

The daylily that began the collecting bug in me...Pearl Harbor...once I saw and felt its substance, I was hooked. Who knew daylilies could be like this!

From the AHS Daylily Database:

Pearl Harbor (Carr, 1997)
height 27", bloom 5.75", season M, Rebloom, Evergreen, Tetraploid, Cream and yellow blend with a gold edge above a green throat. (Wedding Band × Ida's Magic)

Alicia Rose Kissed, year after year, a beautiful daylily...

From the AHS Daylily Database:

Alicia Rose Kissed (Quarry, 2001) height 26", bloom 5", season M, Rebloom, Evergreen, Tetraploid, Fragrant, 25 buds, 3 branches, White cream with double rose and gold edge above green throat. (Glacier Bay × Comtessina)

Women Seeking Men, besides the amusing name, a sturdy daylily with great habits by renown hybridizier Curt Hanson....

From the AHS Daylily Database:

Women Seeking Men (Hanson-C., 1999)
height 41", bloom 6", season MLa, Semi-Evergreen, Tetraploid, Fragrant, 25 buds, 3 branches, Rose blend with soft strawberry watermark and green throat . (Love or Else × ((Love Goddess × Ming Porcelain) × Merry Witch))

Mask and Metaphor, another Hanson...

From the AHS Daylily Database:

Mask and Metaphor (Hanson-C., 1998)
height 26", bloom 5", season M, Semi-Evergreen, Tetraploid, Fragrant, Lavender blend with violet band and chartreuse throat. ((Benchmark × Caliphs Robes) × Crintonic Shadowlands)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

In the Mood for Multiples....

White Noise, I do like pinks:

From the AHS Daylily Database:

White Noise (Trimmer, 2004)
height 30", bloom 6", season EM, Rebloom, Evergreen, Tetraploid, Fragrant, 20 buds, 3 branches, Pink self above pale green throat. (Ed Brown × Tet. Grace Pierce)

New this year and sent as a bonus by hybridizer Paul Owen, Faber Sabre:

Blooming in the pot ghetto...imagine what it will do once planted and given some time to

From the AHS Daylily Database:

Faber Sabre (Owen-P., 2009)
height 28", bloom 7.75", season EM, Rebloom, Semi-Evergreen, Diploid, Fragrant, 24 buds, 4 branches, Bright lemon yellow self above huge green throat. ((Midwest Majesty × Pink Super Spider) × Lady Fingers)

Another bonus....however, this one has been here for a while....and has earned its spot, Scintillating Suzette:

From the AHS Daylily Database:

Scintillating Suzette (Lawler, 2006)
height 30", bloom 6", season M, Rebloom, Dormant, Tetraploid, Fragrant, 15 buds, 3 branches, Light pink with raspberry eye and ruffled gold edge above green throat. (Proud Mary × Wisest of Wizards)

I keep having thoughts of moving this one out as it has a primo spot...then, I see a picture like this or notice, as I did the other day, that it is putting up yet another rebloom scape....sigh. I'm having trouble making the hard cuts (no!)...

Love Spills Over:

From the AHS Daylily Database:

Love Spills Over (Bell-T., 2005) height 26", bloom 6.5", season EM, Rebloom, Evergreen, Tetraploid, Very Fragrant, 25 buds, 4 branches, Lavender pink with lemon watermark and yellow edge above green lemon throat. (unknown × unknown)

Another one I frequently put on the chopping block (but is somehow still here...), Ferengi Gold:

Ferengi Gold (Petit, 1994)
height 19", bloom 5.5", season EM, Dormant, Tetraploid, Flesh pink to yellow polychrome with yellow eyezone above green throat. (Betty Warren Woods × (Emerald Dawn × Betty Warren Woods))


No rain today...*grin*. Attended a daylily meeting today in Maryland and heard about some pretty terrible damage from all the rain up there. We were lucky in my area. And, for maybe the first time, no new daylilies came home with me. Progress! (Okay, I did sort of indicate that I would purchase one from a friend....but, I don't have it...yet.)

I am proud to say that I will soon (after the first of the year) be a board member on one of the daylily clubs I belong to. Ha. I'm looking forward to it, I think. So, I will be making treks north of me a bit more frequently.

Still expecting a few more daylilies for fall delivery....I have no idea where they are going, but somehow, these things work out. And, hopefully, these cooler days will continue and I can get out and get some much needed yard work completed.


Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Two By Two

Cerulean Warble with intense color:

From the AHS Daylily Database:

Cerulean Warbler (Lambertson, 2005)
height 28", bloom 5", season EM, Rebloom, Semi-Evergreen, Tetraploid, 20 buds, 3 branches, Blue lavender with gray blue eye and edge with outer silver edge above green throat. (sdlg × sdlg)


From the AHS Daylily Database:

Greenway (Stamile, 2008)
height 29", bloom 6.5", season MLa, Rebloom, Semi-Evergreen, Tetraploid, 21 buds, 3 branches, Rose pink with green edge above green throat. (Leslie Renee × Judy Farquhar)

Linda Beck:

From the AHS Daylily Database:

Linda Beck (Agin, 2005)
height 25", bloom 6", season M, Rebloom, Semi-Evergreen, Tetraploid, Fragrant, 24 buds, 3 branches, Burgundy purple with blue purple eye and white purple ruffled edge above green throat. (J.T. Davis × Lifting Me Higher)

Moon Over Monteray:

From the AHS Daylily Database:

Moon Over Monteray (Salter, 1998)
height 26", bloom 6", season EM, Rebloom, Semi-Evergreen, Tetraploid, 40 buds, 4 branches, Cream white with green throat. (((sdlg × Alexandra) × ((Tet. Cody Wedgeworth × Kathleen Salter) × Pure and Simple))

Cameroons Twister:

From the AHS Daylily Database:

Cameroons Twister (Benz, 2000)
height 40", bloom 7.5", season MLa, Rebloom, Dormant, Tetraploid, Fragrant, 40 buds, 5 branches, UFo Crispate , Wine purple with pale watermark and eye above green throat. (Cameroons × One Step Beyond)


The rain complaints here...looks like it is projected to continue tomorrow....we shall see.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011


It's rained practically all day long....which is not a bad thing. We can use it and boy, could Texas use it.

So, I happened to glance out the window tonight...and I saw that the very last bloom on the seedling I showed recently was open. Here it is something like 6:15 pm and there's the bloom...huge and glowing.

I had to go see it and then I decided to pick it. It has unbelievable substance. Here it is night and after all this rain...whoa...

Impressive. I am a bit sentimental about this daylily for reasons I'll talk about another time. If...a big has a good year next year, it might just be worthy. Time will tell.

It's pretty good size, too. And, it had first year rebloom...yea.

Can't wait for next year!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Daylilies That Make the Grade... least here at Gotta Garden...


From the AHS Daylily Database:

Skinwalker (Roberts-N., 1997)
height 32", bloom 8.5", season M, Dormant, Diploid, Spider Ratio 5.20:1, Lavender blend with a green throat.

Stout Medal winner, too. Maybe one of these days the database will include awards also. Skinwalker is a tall one, with sturdy scapes. I like that. It holds itself above everyone, tall and proud.

Jelly Dancer (in the morning):

and in full sun:

From the AHS Daylily Database:

Jelly Dancer (Herr-D., 2010)
height 52", bloom 7", season La, Dormant, Diploid, 25 buds, 3 branches, UFo Cascade , Maroon with darker eye above yellow to green throat. (Android × Kirsten's Corsage)

nother tall one, blooming this year for the first time for me (I think...of course, it could just be that...ahem...I didn't finish sorting last year's pictures...). I really like Don Herr's plants as they do well for me (grin). This one will get even taller as it has not yet attained its full height, which is not unusual for the tall ones. You need to give them a bit of time (like a couple years or so). Got this one on introduction and lucky me, Don gifted me another plant with my order this year. Hopefully, I'll actually get around to the much anticipated (by me) rearranging that I want to do this fall and will add my new plant to this one...yippee, a clump!

Heavenly Flight of Angels:

From the AHS Daylily Database:

Heavenly Flight of Angels (Gossard, 2003)
height 39", bloom 7", season M, Semi-Evergreen, Diploid, Fragrant, 15 buds, 3 branches, Spider Ratio 4.00:1, Yellow green blend with white edge above green throat. (Flutterbye × Wildest Dreams)

This one needs to be moved to the front yard where I can enjoy it a bit more. Sigh. If only the front yard had endless

Not all spideries to look at today...

Captivating Smile:

From the AHS Daylily Database:

Captivating Smile (Rice-J., 2005)
height 30", bloom 5.5", season EM, Semi-Evergreen, Tetraploid, 26 buds, 4 branches, Violet with watermark and gold violet edge above green throat. (Meggie's Smile × Angel's Braid)

ow that's what we like to see. Many more blooms to look forward to. Another one that needs to be moved.

I'll end with this one for now. Ethel Buccola:

From the AHS Daylily Database:

Ethel Buccola (Trimmer, 2005)
height 28", bloom 5", season EM, Rebloom, Evergreen, Tetraploid, 24 buds, 2 branches, Apricot pink with pencil red eye above green throat. (Tennyson × Tet. Connie Burton)

would have to say that orange/peach is definitely underrepresented here at Gotta Garden. No matter how much I try, most just don't appeal to me. But, there are some. This is one. And, I'm sure I'll show you a few others that also make the grade here down the road...

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Kobe Dog

Yesterday was one I had long dreaded. Even when you know this day is a part of life, a huge hole in the road, and will arrive no matter how hard you deny it, no matter how much you wish it wasn't still came.

Unfortunately, it wasn't a horrible dream and when I awoke this morning, the reality of it smacked me in the face.

I can't even hardly make myself write about it...yet. So, I going to cheat a little, but I know you'll understand. I'm going to paste in the email I sent yesterday to my family members far away...please know that I'll write more later because more is so richly deserved. But, for now, this is all I can manage...

I just wanted to tell you that it's all over....and Kobe, ever the 'no trouble' dog, was no trouble in death. His last gift to me. Kobe died here at home in my arms. It was unbelievably sad, but peaceful. I'm filled with gratitude for having had such a wonderful dog.

I called White Oak in desperation as I saw no way we could make our appointment, he was really struggling...and asked if they could come out. They were very responsive and told me Dr. Dunn (the other Dr. Dunn, the husband) would come after surgery....which he did. However, Kobe was already gone.

It was like a full circle. Kobe didn't have to go be around strangers in a strange place and I got to pet him and whisper in his ear that I loved him and tell him what a wonderful dog he's been.

I didn't realize at first what was happening, I just knew he was having a difficult morning. However, in his last act, he launched himself over to me....imagine that, he wanted to be with me....and I held him and petted him and saw him take his last breath. It was amazing. As he left me, I felt peace and gratitude. Don't misunderstand, I'm unbelievably sad, but it feels like the circle is complete. He left me in the best way possible...

Yesterday, we had a nice day. And, last evening, I went out to do some weeding to help clear my head. I asked him if he wanted to come out and sit at the top of the deck stairs, as he has in the past, and watch me. He did and while I sobbed the whole time I was weeding, I have a beautiful memory of seeing him sitting up there...I would wave to him and he'd lift his head in acknowledgment and I'm sure, wag his tail. After I filled the bag, I came up and sat by him and talked to him and told him again how much I appreciated him and that it was okay, I understood that his time was limited.

My only regret was that as I weeded and looked up at him, that I didn't have a picture of him like that there...I will just have to keep the memory in my heart, though. That he will watch over me from heaven, as he did in life for almost 12 wonderful years.

Kobe, on a beautiful day last summer (061510) with his unforgettable smile and his wagging tail.

I miss you so much.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Daylily Views

A few views to enjoy...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

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