Category Archives: serenity

it rained this morning

and it is raining again now.  so the hosta looked like this…  bejeweled with water.

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and Isolde looked like this.  it is a poly.  extra petals.  four petals instead of three, and three sepals.  and to match the pattern there are 7 stamens, one for each petal and sepal.  if you look carefully there are two stamen next to the pistil.

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i do believe the tide has turned.

more soon

bloom is still building.  walking around the garden tonight there are more and more flower scapes getting ready to bloom.  Delta Force is still blooming, looking much more like its regular self.  and right now it is all that is blooming.  that will come to a start – a bigger start soon.   until then another flower from last season.   a seedling,  one that should be already moved and saved Trahlyta x Black Plush x Desert Icicle.  one that has been a pale yellow with just the merest hint of pink in the midrib.  two images…

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on again off again

okay back to saved pictures.  no new blooms today.  yes another pause.  deep breath grasshopper the swell of bloom is building.   and then there will be no pause.  so tonight another flower from last year.  another from Dave’s garden.   not sure of the name so we will just skip that – besides it was wrong.  so let’s go with the image.  two images…

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they will bloom

to paraphrase – if you plant them, they will bloom.  and until this bloom season is ready last year’s blooms are just as pretty.   a seedling, a cross of Little Rainbow a 2 inch 5.1 cm bloom and Talon a 6.5 inch 15.5 cm flower.  the seedling is about 3.5 to 4 inches and a brilliant red.  and it builds on the height and branching and bud count of Talon.  three images…

little rainbow n talon sbs

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here again

it has been a while since this flower has been here.  too long.  it is a flower that i look at often.  it is a flower that even when not seen for a long time is hard to forget.  then again perhaps if i introduce you to the flower you might form your own opinion,  Asterisk  two images…

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i have to remember – since this flower did not bloom last year.  this year i will hope for its return.  it should be in the 2011 seedling bed.  should.  strange things happen in the fall when plants move.  this flower is at the other end of the spectrum from last night’s flower.  where last night’s flower is bold this flower is soft spoken.  and in spite of that equally stunning.  the wisp of color between the pink petals and white throat is what i will call cloud content.  it is a drifting hint of something that you cannot quite hold in your hands.  three images of the cross Give Me Eight X Smoke Scream.  first the parents and then the seedling…

give me eight sbs smoke scream

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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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what am i waiting for ?

well now that there have been some daylilies bloom what comes next ?  waiting and some more waiting.  the peony will bloom.  lupines will bloom.  and the columbine will continue to bloom.  and eventually… eventually… yes eventually the other daylilies will come into bloom.  so a columbine bud from this year and Rory Gallagher from last year’s daylily bloom…  three images

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a measure of spring

please hold on tight while we readjust the garden…  we are back to familiar territory.  these are a few scenes around the yard today.  the scilla are in bloom.

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the daffs are done

daf spent

the columbine are ready.  it is probably the closest we can come to holding a cloud…

white columbine blossom

the daylily bud who wanted to be first is falling back into line waiting its turn

papper butterfly withered scape

the fuchsia are doing what they do best…

fuschia blooms

this is what humming bird bait looks like.  and i watched the little green lightning bolt come to rest on its nearby perch


the last of the buds on the lilac are ready to open


the earliest species daylily dortmundi is beckoning


and a seedling that surprised even me has claimed first place…  it planted itself and told me that doubles can be beautiful !

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