These are my observations about gardens, people, and outdoor miscellany. I live in Durham, North Carolina.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
yard and garden pics: May 13th
The first picture is of a tawny daylily which I am not used to seeing bloom before June 1. In Elizabeth Lawrence's A Southern Garden (1942), she notes the earliest flowering date of a tawny daylily in her garden as May 21. And I am assuming this would have been from her Raleigh garden..a full tinch warmer than my yard in Durham. To provide a full disclosure, this Hemerocallis fulva has been planted in a very hot site beside the driveway in extremely rich soil. So performance enhancement may be to blame.
*a Siberian iris
*seedlings of good old fashioned cleome....and a few hollyhock seedlings too.
This site is mostly about ornamental horticulture. But I hope to appeal to both non-gardeners and green thumbs.
Sometimes I may hammer out something about Durham neighborhoods, growing vegetables, or Nature. But chances are, most of my posts will be observations about different landscapes I encounter: a tree here, a bush there, some rumored bulbs in an abandoned garden somewhere else.
I have been living and gardening in zone 7 since the fall of 2004. This time in the garden has turned out to be a mostly zone 8 experience. Global warming may not be great for the polar ice-caps but maybe it has been part of what's kept my lantana and gardenias safe over the last few winters?
I am not a hard-core environmentalist or strict organic gardener but I do like native plants as well as my shrinking lawn.
I love old fashioned pass-along plants and the stories they hold.
Unless otherwise credited, Victor Gordon is responsible for all the writing and photography here.