Living through the drought. . .

The drought in Arkansas is severe so most of our time is spent trying to save the trees, shrubs and perennials we have. Despite the heat, some things are still blooming. Autumn Minaret is said to be the tallest daylily with stalks up to 6 feet tall. The flowers are fragrant and bloom 16 hours out of 24 hours. It is a see-through plant, as well.

So Lovely is a tall daylily too, with scapes up to 4 feet tall. It is very fragrant.

Our Blue Passion Vine is blooming too. It is hardy and fragrant from South America.

So Lovely

Crinum lilies, old Southern plants, are often seen at abandoned home sites. These two here, Ellen Bosanquet, the wine-colored one and Milk and Wine, the pink and white striped are popular ones. Most of my crinums come from Jenks Farmer at Lush Life Nursery. These bulbs were brought to the United States from South Africa, along with slaves. They can reach the size of a watermelon. Very fragrant.


‘Ellen Bosanquet’ and Milk and Wine crinum lilies

After the wedding, I’m back in the garden.

Siloam Springs late hybridizer, Pauline Henry, often named her seedlings after friends, like Mitch Singleton her eye doctor

Our oldest granddaughter was married in our garden on June 2nd this year. Much preparation went into getting ready for that event. It was lovely and the weather cooperated. Now I make my daily rounds to see what daylilies have opened and other true lilies, like orienpets and asiatics. Color is everywhere.

 Madonna Lily bulbs (similar to these) were carried by Roman soldiers to treat blistered feet.

This orienpet is five feet tall and slightly  fragrant.

The coral orienpet (oriental x trumpet) is 4 feet tall, with flowers 10 inches across.

Hemerocallis citrina is a species daylily that is nocturnal. The fragrance is as sweet and strong as a gardenia.

My newest daylily with unusual color combination, Fried Eggplant from Lilyland in Texarkana.

Daylilies shine when temperatures climb.

Daylilies are favorites of mine because, even in hot weather, they bloom faithfully. I have about 130 named daylilies and some of my own hybrid seedlings. As a plant collector, daylilies are definitely addictive. They are so easy to grow and come in just about every shape and color imaginable, except blue, but that color is close to becoming a reality. Several daylilies have blue throats or rings now. I’m including pictures of some that have bloomed recently.

Mary's Gold

Carolina Ruffles

one of my seedlings

Persian Pattern

Priscilla's Rainbow

Daring Dilemma

Mid-season Daylilies

Ida's Magic

Fooled Me


Here are some of the daylilies that are blooming this month.¬† The top one is one of my earliest purchases, Ida’s Magic, and it remains a favorite of mine today. Going out to see what new daylilies have opened is a little like finding Easter eggs, a surprise every morning. The middle photo is of Fooled Me, a new cultivar for me this season. The bottom photo is the lovely Apollodorus, which I’ve had for many years. Daylilies are fun, they bloom a long time (mine began flowering in May), they are easy care, and their myriad colors and shapes are a thrill to experience everyday.

Spiders, UFOs and Double-deckers

Today’s garden pix show off nature’s and daylily hybridizers’ work in new forms. The Gloriosa Daisy (Rudbeckia hirta var. angustifolius) in my butterfly garden produced a rare double-decker bloom. These are the blooms that horticulturists like to clone and introduce to the market. It seems everything double is popular. The second picture is of a daylily of unknown name that has the UFO form. It is more irregular than a spider. I really like UFOs. Their flowers are huge, some are 10-12 inches across.

The bright red daylily is a new spider form unknown. Its rich red color is so striking next to the yellow throat. Even the backs of the petals are bright yellow, so it was a surprise when it bloomed red. I like surprises. See you in the garden.