Category Archives: garden


poly it rolls off the tongue so much easier than a flower with extra petals. daylilies almost all of the time favor three petals in front and three sepals in back. if you count six it is situation normal. they also have a quirky sense of humor. if you are walking through the garden and hear a faint giggling sound the garden fairies and indeed the daylilies are in on a small joke. lets make a poly. this one here needs extra petals ! how many do you want to add today ! ? two ? three ? or six more ? there is no expecting it just listen for the giggles…



Yin as in the other half of Yang is tonight’s flower. the cross for both of them is Prague Spring × Capulina) × (Satchmo × Lola Branham. and yes they are siblings. three of the four parents grow here in this garden. often i wander off into the daylily database and start looking other crosses from these plants. fun for me. trouble for the post. now just where did he go ? and is he ever coming back ? perhaps tomorrow those parents and the other sibling will show up. for now i will let a couple of what ifs smolder over night. and hope a few of them carry over to next summer…

sun and garden

it was sunny and warm today.  the garden is waking up.  and so am i.

14-063 11-082 Webster Seedling x (09-009 South Seas x Highland Pinched Fingers) x Lullaby Of Birdland)

14-157 Dark Counterpoint x Skinwalker

14-157-B Dark Counterpoint x Skinwalker

listen to the daffodils

it is supposed to snow over night.  the daffodils are going to do their best to ignore it.  maybe i can too.  sometime this coming week i am going to have to do a good walk of the garden and see what plants landed where.  and put on paper so i can find things later in the summer.   and if it is real nice i might get down and do a little weeding…

12-127 Nutmeg Elf x Suzie Cream Cheese

13-097 Volcan Fuego (Talon x Smoke Scream)

14-024 Pack Hunter x 11-021 Talon x Wind Frills) x Birdwing Butterfly Red

14-054 11-004 Olivia’s Opera x SH B110- tet skinwalker ) x Kinky Reggae

what bloomed first

the garden.  or the flower.  or did the bee start it all.  then again if i worry about that i just might miss them both.  i don’t believe that will work at all.  it would be a good time to concentrate on the flowers.  or the garden.  or both.  and not to worry which came first.

14-135 11-0727A Blue Lustre ( breath of blue air x mascara snake) x 11-078 Give Me Eight X Smoke Scream

14-161 10-035 Trahlyta x Bark At Me) Regency Heights

16-176 13-011-A 12-0727-003 Monster x Lavender Branch) x Sky Captain Orange) x 14-110 Sky Cap x 11-082 Webster Seedling x (09-009 SS x HPF

learning permit

no matter what you experience level gardening gives you a free learning permit.  even if you know quite a bit about gardening.  sooner or later you find something new or try something different.  and the next thing you know you are learning.

14-0722-001 Black Plush x Trahlyta) x Wind Frills

14-0725-002 Give Me Eight x Smoke Scream

colder than

those folks on the weather are saying chicago is going to be colder than antarctica.  which also means we are too close to chicago.  even if we are not getting quite as cold.  and the roller coaster will continue.  by sunday we are supposed to have a temperature of 49.  is deep winter and spring supposed to happen in the same week ?  and now it is time to interrupt the forecast.

11-1107-J Open Hearth x Trahlyta

14-005 Stella’s Ruffled Fingers x Plenteous

Walking The Pattern

yes winter

remember that peek-a-boo attitude ?  its winter.  am i here ?  or am i there ?  well winter is done playing around.  surprise !  i am really here.  if only i were not dog sitting this weekend.  the wind is blowing.  the snow is driven and packed.  i might have go out the front door in the morning.  and if it is still blowing like this the dog is likely to say – hey i’m done, lets get back in the house.  now !   it might just be a gooder day than i can begin to imagine.  stay indoors as much as possible.  and if the brain defrosts do a bit of garden dreaming.

12-1205-129 IL kid bi-tone

13-011-C 12-0727-003 Monster x Lavender Branch) x Sky Captain

not prose

when the dove is way up in the tree

that’s a high coo

not that dean martin song

14-012 12-042 Irish Lullaby x ((Bark at Me x Black Plush) x Grey Witch ) x Venus of Willendorf