Monday, June 16, 2008

GBBD one day late

On top of our usual busy schedule, we had a visiting guest we hadn't seen for at least 30 years so I wasn't able to post my photos. So, here they are one day late. I will add captions later.


Blogger Phillip said...

Wow, your water lilies are spectacular. That first daylily is really pretty - is that 'Pandora's Box'?

6:56 AM  
Blogger Sarah Laurence said...

Ki, no need for words at all. I echo Phillip in praise of those water lilies. They are gorgeous as is the rest of your garden. I bet your friends enjoyed your blooms too.

1:29 PM  
Blogger joey said...

Another fantastic post, Ki. You must be thrilled ... I was ;)

4:03 PM  
Blogger Digital Flower Pictures said...

You sure have been growing some beautiful stuff.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Phillip,
It always surprises me just how spectacular water lily flowers are, especially since they seem to appear suddenly. I think the day lily may be Canadian Border Patrol if memory serves. Thanks for your comment.

Hi Sarah,
I seem to have caught the water lilies in just the right light. I don't have a polarizing filter so usually reflections off the water are distracting. I like the photo of the yellow flower better. Though I usually shoot closeups, the extra space around the flower and the interestingly colored leaves seemed to make for a lovely picture. Thank you for stopping by.

Hi Joey,
Hey Thanks! It's just shoot, shoot, shoot, download and pick the best. I've been too busy lately to even enjoy the photos much but I should be making the rounds soon. I'm sure I'm missing out on some spectacular photos on your blog.

Hi Chris,
This warm weather has been playing havoc with some of the plants. They bloom and are gone before I can even take some pictures of them. I must say though, that this year, all the hard work in the garden is finally paying off. I seem to remember that at the townhouse we had earlier, it took about 5 years for the plantings to really look nice. It's taken a bit longer here but well worth the effort. Thanks. I'll stop by for a visit soon.

5:33 PM  
Blogger Les, Zone 8a said...

I am glad you mentioned the name of that first daylily, it looks like an unknown one I put in my GBBD post, and I don't always keep track of the names. Several of the women I work with are HEAVY into daylilies and chastise me for not knowing my names. Maybe if I succumb to the pressures to join their cult I can at least write them down or put up a label.

3:31 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Les,
I know, daylily lovers can be rabid about the correct names for the plants :)

There are so many varieties of daylilies, I don't know how you could keep track of them. I've tried using labels but they usually get heaved out by the frost or the writing becomes illegible. The ones you can emboss your writing on are too expensive. I guess the best thing to do is, take a picture of the plant with label prominently displayed if it comes with a label at all. Thanks for your comment.

4:33 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Your verbascum is really quite lovely. Mine is more of a pink hue. I must say that this is one of my favorite perennials.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Julie,
Unfortunately this Verbascum 'Southern Charm' planted 3 years ago is now overtaken by shrubs and other plants so the flower stalks are weak and leggy. That's why the picture looks the way it is. Apparently 'Southern Charm' comes in several colors - buff, lavender and soft rose. I guess we got the buff and I really like the light cream with burgundy centers. It is a v. nice perennial so I should transplant it to a better place. Thanks for stopping by.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

I love the pictures you took in the dappled shade.

Thanks for joining in for bloom day again!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

2:59 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Carol,
Many thanks to you for creating GBBD! What a nice way to showcase our gardens every month.

I do like to take photos in the shade. The colors seem more vivid than in full sun which seems to wash out the colors. I've even used my body to block out the direct sunlight if I'm able. I haven't used an umbrella yet but that should give the neighbors another thing to talk about when and if I do. ;) Thanks for your comment.

5:32 PM  
Blogger kate smudges said...

Your daylilies are beautiful as are the waterlilies. Your meadowrue is blooming at the same time as mine.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kate,
The daylilies are very slow this year. The Canadian Border Patrol was the first to bloom by several weeks. I wonder if this flower was developed in Canada and thus blooms earlier when planted in a warmer zone?

The waterlilies are abundant this year. It could be because I neglected to drain and clean the pond this spring so there's mucho nutrients for the waterlily?

It's interesting how quickly your plants have caught up to ours even if we had at least a month headstart!

6:56 AM  

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