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With so many things going on in the garden all at once I’ve got snippets of pictures and tag lines; almost like the news headlines.

We start with a daylily; the clump of daylilies that we inherited in the garden are somewhat choked under a camellia and large rose but they are bravely trying to flower. If I’m honest though, they still really don’t do it for me.

Daylily Flower

I have an aversion to this orange-salmon colour and I’m trying to like it but it’s not working. I find the colour mix revolting. There were probably just a few daylily plants at the start but they have spread in the border over the years. The border they’re growing in is third on the list to be rejuvenated; our attentions are currently elsewhere. We’re unlikely to get round to starting work on this border this year but when we do, I’m planning to pretty much clear the border and whether I consign these daylilies to the compost heap or carefully replant them is still undecided. It would be interesting to hear what you think on this – should they stay or should they go?

While you ponder on that question, let’s take a closer look at the – what I call – raspberry and custard lilies that have opened up as part of the “mixed” lily border:

Flowering Lilies

These look really stunning and the deep, dark lilies that stand behind them only accentuate how bright these are. It is such a shame they don’t smell and I can’t understand why anyone would want to breed lilies that don’t but there you are. Make sure you’re wearing a disposable top if you’re around flowering lilies as the pollen won’t ever come out. It’s a good job these are four feet away from the washing line, it’s much further away than where we had lilies in the previous garden.

It’s now time to move on to the non-hanging hanging baskets. They’re very much grounded right now but fully planted up, they’re just waiting to be suspended from hanging basket brackets that don’t yet exist. I could pull my finger out and just get a set of brackets from anywhere, but I’m after a particular type. I’m after the swan-necked hanging basket brackets and after receiving one set that simply bent under the weight of these baskets (and so had to be returned), these non-hanging hanging baskets remain waiting on the ground for another blacksmith to get round to making them.

Non-hanging hanging baskets

These non-hanging hanging baskets may have to wait until September before they’re hung aloft. While they wait they’ve been busy flowering away. Planted with trailing lobelia, marigolds and training begonias, they’re a floribundant – if grounded – addition to the patio pots. The baskets themselves are a lovely spiral tear-drop shape, unfortunately that’s hidden by the plastic pots they’re in to stop them from rolling around.

Next: a quick update on the Clematis Chantilly that was cut right down to the base due to wilt and now only exists as a root ball. As I wrote in the particular post about Clematis Wilt, everything above soil-level was thrown out. The clematis root ball was taken out of its pot and planted into a freshly prepared section of a brand new border.

Clematis Chantilly Root Ball

The only positive thing to come out of this experience with Clematis Wilt is to know that the root ball is big, it’s almost 50 cm across and deep, it completely filled the pot and is heavy. I haven’t brushed a great deal of soil off the root ball but you can see fresh clematis roots looking for a way out. This engine was about to power the greatest flower show on the patio before the Wilt put an abrupt stop to it. It’s now released from the (generous) confines the pot and planted in the border. The roots have a vast amount of rejuvenated soil to get to grips with and if I don’t see this clematis again this year, then I should definitely see it next.

Finally, the various inherited hydrangea dotted about the garden are coming into flower. The flowers look lovely in the early stages and I managed to take a good shot of this particular one. I like the pale lime-green colour with the petals at the edge tinged with a soft pink.

Early Hydrangea Flowers

We’re too busy restoring borders at the moment in a race against time before the growing season comes to an end and moments like these are passing almost un-noticed before our very eyes. One year, I’ll have restored all the borders, they will be planted so heavily that I won’t have to weed, the border edges will be neat and the pests will be under control and then I might have a moment to sit down and take a bit more time for enjoyment. This is not that year.

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susan maclean 22/07/2015 - 11:10 pm

I like day lilies, my favourite is a short one; “crimson pirate”, but if you don’t like them do you think that neighbours might? Worth perhaps digging up and potting and putting outside with a label “free to good home” and see what happens. The picture you supplied whilst an odd colour mix I don’t find it revolting. Perhaps move it from where it is towards the back of the garden, so you get a good show of colour but don’t have to inspect too closely.

Sunil 26/07/2015 - 8:07 pm

Hello Mrs Mac, that’s a really good idea, I’ve got lots of small pots too so I can just dig them up and leave them at the front with a sign saying something like, “Free to a good home”. I’ll try and remember to do that when I start on this particular border.

lynngator 23/07/2015 - 7:26 pm

Sunil, I don’t like orange or orange/red flowers at all and won’t allow them in my garden. Some of the daylilies I bought were supposed to be “maroon” and look suspiciously orange to me! So I’ll move them all down to the slope where I am trying to cultivate wildflowers, foxgloves, daisies and coneflowers. They will be fine there. I do like the very, very pale yellow daylilies and will try to find more of them. Sorry about the clematis 🙁

By the way, my little “critter cam” we have down on the trail (about 100 feet from our deck) captured a photo of a bobcat recently. Quite scary since it was taken at noon and I’d just been working down there!

Sunil 26/07/2015 - 8:08 pm

Wow, Lynn, a bobcat! You’re really in a beautifully wild part of the world in the mountains! I’ll be thankful that all I have to cope with are shy, hungry deer and not bears and bobcats!

gardeninacity 23/07/2015 - 10:09 pm

You may know that I do love orange flowers but I agree there is something off-putting about that daylily. Your non-hanging hanging baskets are beautiful.

Sunil 26/07/2015 - 8:10 pm

Hello Jason, I do like orange too, but that mix of washed out orange and pinky-salmon colour in the daylily is just unpleasant, it’s such a shame as there are plenty of beautifully formed and coloured dailyness, it’s just that the ones we have inherited are particularly awful.

casa mariposa 25/07/2015 - 4:38 am

Rip out the day lilies. If you don’t like them, there’s no reason to keep them in the garden. They’re kind of weird looking, anyway. Good luck with your clematis. I have a few that are sulking that will be dug up this fall to see if poor drainage is an issue.

Sunil 26/07/2015 - 8:14 pm

Hello Tammy, you’re right, I think I’ll take the daylilies out and replace them with something else. There will be a couple of other shrubs and plants that will be taken out as well as I’m not particularly attached to them and the soil really does need improving. Better to rip out, improve and replace rather than live with sulking shrubs because the soil is continually waterlogged.

Emily Schiller 26/07/2015 - 7:22 pm

Anything you consider “revolting” really does need to go. I’m with Jason on liking orange, but there is something a bit sick-making about that particular shade. Love the raspberry colored lilies and your feeling about them jumps out in the photo you posted. Talk about a contrast with the one above! You mentioned that you might not be able to hang your hanging baskets until September. Will they still be flowering then? Hope so. What you have going on in them now is lovely.

Sunil 26/07/2015 - 8:17 pm

Hello Emily, I think that by the time I get the hanging basket brackets and they’re up on the wall, the best of the show will be over. I can’t remember how long the annuals lasted last year, it really depends on the weather. If they have finished by then, at least they will be ready for next year so next season’s baskets really are hanging!

Jean 29/07/2015 - 2:35 am

Given the range of daylily colors out there, even if you loved daylilies, it would be silly to keep ones you don’t like. I must admit that I like the simpler, trumpet shaped daylilies and am not a fan of doubles.

Sunil 30/07/2015 - 9:52 pm

Hello Jean, I haven’t been put off daylilies and I think there’s plenty of room in the garden for a good sized stand or three, it just won’t be be these in this colour. I think the bright yellow or vibrant red single trumpets are what I would go for.

Jean 31/07/2015 - 12:58 am

Sunil, Many of the yellow daylilies are fragrant — although these tend more to be pale yellows than bright yellows. If you are interested in fragrance, ‘Hyperion’ is a particularly wonderful old hybrid.


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