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things and flowers

things first – i shall be trying this cherished blogfest thingy.  if you are at all tempted well consider yourself invited.  click on the icon and join in.  okay part one is done, or should i say started…  part two a random collection of flowers.  several have subtle shades that suffer from the harsh light of day.  for the photographer the golden time in the garden is limited.  for the gardener it is less limited experience.  so let us look at flowers.  and so sorry about the harsh light…

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this next one matured to a color i was not quite expecting.  maybe it will un-mature back to that expected color.  or perhaps the next round of crosses will stir some newer shades…

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all of these next group have a subtle shade here and sometimes there.  this is an excellent setup line for pun light…  bad humor that is less filling… now back to more flowers…

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and lastly a flower that wants more light.  it blooms – just not merrily so.  perhaps a move to a bit more light will release the blooms.  for this i will disturb the feng shui of this garden.  or could that be the problem ?  the plot thickens – the flower is aptly named for this tale – Morticia.  could it be her habit of dead heading roses carried over to daylilies ?

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this curl is not dry

it might have been clean for a day.  and it was sunny enough that this morning if finally was dry.  and it took the length of this day to make up its mind on wet or dry.  it was a classic wait 15 minutes northern Ohio weather day.  for most of the day.  three images…

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wet yellow spider macro wet yellow spider macro 2

just for a moment

an extended moment that is – i will rest my eyes.  see that worked great.  now if it only took a moment to open them…  not.  we participated in the Garden Walk Cleveland today.  our garden was part of the tour.  little did i realize that we would be doing nearly as much walking.  the day was great, blue sky, lots of mostly happy people.  and so many people amazed that we had so many daylilies here in our yard.  so when it was done i just put up my feet and rested my eyes for moment.  two images of one of the daylilies that still needs to move to the safety zone…

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this is a seedling from a garden in the Dayton, Ohio area.  this past weekend there was an event where several gardens where on exhibit.  these are hybridizer gardens.  gardens where the hybridizers specialize in a variety of different daylily forms.  daylilies from these gardens were in the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday posts.  this is another, a large yellow spidery type.  seeing all of these flowers and gardens was quite an amazing experience.  overwhelming.  on the other hand it was very good to get back and see what is happening here in this garden.  and of course a few more daylilies found their way home with me.  three images, the seedling and one of the daylilies that followed me home…

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directions included

finally someone remembered to pack the instructions !  use this pollen on those plants.  or take me to your garden.  or that is a petal.  or there are more flowers here.  say something nice or i will do a scarecrow to you ( wizard of oz ) “what happened to you ?  …flying monkeys…  parts of me are over here, parts of me are over there !”  … but don’t worry, its okay as long as i am still in the garden….  ( that was in the extended version – the one that is still playing in my head ).  so is there a flower with all of this stuff ?   yes there is, first one more – pay no attention to those arrows or the little dog barking at the man behind the curtain…

three images…. ( please disregard the other images verbally portrayed )

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oh one last direction… that is a hand.

big curls – don’t cry

i’d say it was out of my system, then again some days we start with a pun and go for excessive.  remember this is a garden.  we plant and mulch our mistakes…  now back to those curls.  today’s curls are big.  yesterday’s flower was in the 6 inch range, curled it is closer to 4.  Third Act is 10 in 25.5 cm – curled.  someday i will have to unwind one.  the un-curled petal has got to be much bigger.  right now it is about 35 in tall.  next year it should be closer to its registered height of 40 in 102 cm.  still it is not bad for its second year here in the garden.  space the final frontier – even in the garden.  let’s get to the flower.  three images…

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today i could

i could start by showing the yard.  and how the tide of green has started to turn.   there is still much green.  and there are plants leaping into bloom.  here and there singly and in other places clumps of 5 or more flower scapes are all in bloom.  and soon the green will give way to other colors.  many.  many colors.

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do you think it will take a week ?  or less ?  or i could talk about Fantasia a flower that has 6 years on me.  it has been here several years.  it is quite happy.  ready to start blooming at clump strength in a day or two.

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i could talk about a flower in its second year here.  really coming on strong.  and still ready to get stronger next year.  most daylilies take three years to really demonstrate just what they can do.  Queen Cobra at 30 or so inches 72.6 cm heading for its 42 inch usual height.

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i could talk about the fulva creeping under the fence.  one with freckles in its veins.  even fulva can have variety.

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or i could talk about the Canadian Hemlock catching the sunlight backlit on its gentle needles.

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then there is the seedling gone to a 5 petal poly with its ghost eye.  can you see it ?  or i could save it too for another day.

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or there is a flower that has reached its three year potential.  Mythperception an 8 inch flower 20.5 cm on a 32 inch 81 cm scape.  i just don’t know what choice to make.  then again in a few days the wave of color will make its own choices.

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and no.   these were not the only choices.  just the ones that tickled my fancy today.  i did not even go into the seedling bed.  and that is where the kid does his happy dance in the toy store.  yes.  they are blooming too.  now what was that dream… yes sugar plums.  and summer daylilies.



more moving

another five plants moved today.  slowly the old seedling bed is being cleared.  and soon a new crop of seeds will be planted.  a walk around the yard revealed more plants coming into bloom.  dianthus, iris, and lupine are in flower.  and flower scapes are starting to appear on other daylilies.  Paper Butterfly, Delta Force, and Isolde all have flower scapes growing.  and at the moment Delta Force seems to be in the lead.  then again i just might not be looking in the right places and some other flower scape is just waiting to surprise me.  until then another flower from last summer – from a garden in Lebanon Ohio.  a seedling.  a skinny seedling…  two images

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Flying Carpet

i have talked about the crosses that came from this flower, both others and my own.    Flying Carpet is an interesting flower.  if you go by the name it would suggest magical.  and while we are on the topic of things difficult to explain we will include a flower blooming in the yard now, Eastern Redbud.  there are not many flowers that bloom directly from the trunk or a main branch.  most require a twig, except for redbud.  four images…

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edge no eye

in Dave’s garden there are quite a few edge no eye daylilies.  each form whether color or shape has its own strengths and weaknesses.  they are pretty i will heartily agree to that.  and i must admit there are very few daylilies that don’t have a positive effect on me.  Beautiful Edgings is an edge no eye that grows in my garden.  this one is called October Snow.  two images…

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