Category Archives: white

after rain comes snow

it must be march.  tonight it is all white outside.  the crocus have done this before.  gardeners have done this before.  how long will this snow stay ?  six images…


two tone

there are ‘edge no eye‘ daylilies.  and then there are ‘eyes and edge’ daylilies.  this one is the eyed variety.  the flower is called The Heavens Declare.  white and deep dark purple make a wonderful and dramatic contrast.  and just a small 6.5 inch 16.5 cm bloom to grab your attention.  variety is good.  it keeps things from getting boring.  two images

dw the heavens declare det dw the heavens declare macro

playing in the sunshine

flowers are creatures of the sunlight.  and this flower knows just what to do in the sunlight.  Scandinavia a tall flower at 54 in, 137cm and with an 8.5 in 21.5cm bloom.  it reaches for the light, it catches the light, and plays with it.  three images…

scandinavia det backlit

scandinavia macro scandinavia det



find a picture.  wake up repeatedly to late night tv.    demonstrate extreme dedication.   yes that is irony talk for fall asleep again.  finding a picture is tougher than it sounds.  finally get around to some typing.  somewhere in there make sure some time has passed since the picture was last seen.  add pictures.  declare a victory of sorts.  oh and resort to somnolence without said electronic device.  two images .  Salem Witch.  PS – do not try this somewhere where you do not want to wake up….

salem witch det salem witch macro




the same path

tonight like the last two nights we are walking the same path in the seedling bed.  the same section where the tags and labels are buried deep in the foliage and anonymous abounds.  the anonymous of nature where the label of no man is needed.  and still if a moment is taken there can be more thoughts than just pretty.  two images…

12-003 unknwn lavender macro 12-003 unknwn lavender det




where old daylilies come from

old daylilies come from old gardens and some garden centers.  and way way way back when they too came from a place like here…  someone’s seedling bed.  they began their journey as a little wisp of a seedling.  they might have been fussed over more or less deciding to share their daylily with someone else.  and eventually they did share their flower with the rest of us.  and through luck and good fortune some of them have made it to this day and to our gardens.  this old daylily came from a garden in Texas if my memory is correct.  i am sure the route it took to get to this garden was anything but direct.  The name of the daylily is D.R. Mckeithan.  it has been around since 1955.  it is pretty enough to be around a lot longer…  two images

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dr mckeithan two


deja lavender

some people ignore the dictionary.  some nights i ignore syntax and if there was one the syntaxtionary.  syntax is overruled by the laws of found picture.  and yes it is lavender… again.  lavender on lavender to be specific.  as for the rest of the specificity the flower would like color this discussion.  sans words…  two images

unknow 12-000 seedling lavender on lavender macro unknow 12-000 seedling lavender on lavender det

jellybean jar

lots of flowers

Jellybean jar yard shot IMG_3739




it is a flower

okay so we have found a flower.  it is also a bit of a mystery.   this flower came from some seed i bought.  why buy seed when i have a yard full of flowers ?   the simple answer is a new mix of genetics.  it is a fairly quick and relatively inexpensive way to bring those new genetics to the garden.  yes it took two years for the new flower to bloom.  and yes i did not know a lot about the background of both parents.  the seed was a cross of two purple flowers,  Random Control x Rose F Kennedy.   so was i expecting a nearly white seedling ?  not really.  though other purple on purple crosses here have gone to white.  so it is not a total shock.  there was hope that the big green throat of Rose F Kennedy would be passed on to the next generation.  there is still hope that the branching and bud count of Random Control will be passed on too.   then again maybe i should just re-read the name of that second parent slowly.  very slowly. and let it sink in.  random control… could there be some irony there ?  messing with genetics one needs to get used to that.  and sometimes riding out the surprise is well worth the trip.  even if it takes you to somewhere with totally different post cards.  two images of the seedling and the links above will take you to images of the parents.  how far can you go in your backyard ?  right now i don’t know and if and when i get there well i think a post card will be in order…

random control x rose f kennedy  macro random control x rose f kennedy  det



from red to white

and from seedling to named.  this is a short plant with a modest size bloom.  a bloom that is sculpted and comes across as a gorgeous double.  Schnickle Fritz only 16 in 41 cm tall and a 5 in 12.5 cm bloom.   it reblooms.  and that is absolutely all it needs.  three images

schnikle fritz two blooms schnikle fritz det

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