the bee did it

the butler must have been busy. just not as busy as the bee. this is a seedling from Autumn Minaret. except it is from a pod on Autumn Minaret. a bee pod from Autumn Minaret. thee Autumn Minaret that almost never ever lets down its hair or ever sets a pod. the other exception here is the seedling is not a shade of yellow. the real seedling might be on the mother ship being investigated by aliens. and this is an alien imposter. the color is not yellow. stay tuned for further information. this is very strange. and we are not talking doctor strange. we are talking strange garden developments. yes the daylily did not read the rules. twice…

clouds

this one makes me think of the song “both sides now.” it is called Dancing in the Clouds. it has enough surprise to its dance that i am never quite sure what dance and what look any flower will do. i just know they are going to dance. and similar to the song the more i know about daylilies the more i am convinced i have only scratched the surface of what there is to see and to know…

somewhere

between that flower is done and this one is fading lies today in the garden. because there are still flowers starting. yes the season is winding down. yet tonight the garden sprites dance. a new flower opened today. and there will be flowers opening for several weeks. this pink one shouted back at the sunshine this morning. it is a cross of Substantial Evidence and a seedling from Desert Icicle and Autumn Minaret. its orange sibling has been blooming for a couple days. we will see how long this one blooms. there are a dozen scapes to excite the gardener and the sprites. shine that moonbeam over here…

tom

this plant keeps growing on me. it is a late season plant. late as in just started blooming. late as in yes other daylilies are fading and done. and no. no the season is not done yet. and yes there are a few crosses to make before the season ends. courtesy of a flower named Tom Maloney…

pink

this flower was pointed out to me by our nine year old granddaughter. she found it growing in one of the seedling beds. i told her she had a good eye. the plant she found was a piece of the flower her grandmother and i had chosen for our anniversary plant two years ago. afterwards we found the original plant in the garden…

orange

orange you going to be one of the last flowers blooming ? orange you glad there are still flowers in the garden ? orange you glad i didn’t say mango ?…

hand me those rain drops

this one is blooming now. if it is dry for a day or two we might determine if it is accepting pollen. and making seeds. for now enjoy the rain drops…

sorting seeds

today the seed sorting was more or less finished. it is late. two months late. i have planted seeds in june before. never at the beginning of august. i will see what comes of it. the seeds were entered into a spreadsheet. prioritized and sorted there. then the envelopes containing the seeds were sorted on the dining room table. with benefit of all the leaves inserted in the table. they were then spread out in numeric and alphabetic order. the individual stacks for each place holder were sorted. and using the spreadsheet individual envelopes of seeds were pulled and placed in order in a box to transport them to the garden. and into the ground. first an image of the sorting table. one without benefit of a sorting hat. and then an image of a seedling that just started blooming in the last few days…

prepods and pods

in the lower right hand corner are daylily seed pods. the rest of that stuff is prepods. some people call them flowers. sometimes i wonder if i am in it for the prepods or the pods…

surprise lily

not a daylily. this is a surprise lily. the leaves grow in the late spring early summer. then the leaves die away. and now in early august the flowers alone come up from the ground. they are small and lavender. and at the tips of the petals some are the softest sky blue. there is no extra charge for the raindrops…