Scorned by the Trees

If you want the whole story,  listen to the trees.


The flowers will greet you at the driveway.


The shrubs will show you to the door, but the trees see it all.

I went to my friends’ farm to photograph the daylilies.


It is June.   They are beautiful.


I felt the trees watching me.


“More folks to see the new-comers.” they said.


The silos sighed.


“Pretty faces, shallow roots.” whispered the trees.


“They know nothing. Blooming little twits.”


“Show-offs. The weeds know more than they do.”

I felts as though I were in a museum taking pictures in the gift shop.



“The story is up here.” they said.

“We have the history.”


“We saw the boy grow to a man and his boy grow to a man.”

“We shaded the cows. We saw the storms and sunsets.”

“We watched the pastures change to neighborhoods.”

“We know the history, yet you are focusing on the flashy little trinkets.”


“All they know is a rainwand and sunshine.”

“Needy and greedy.”


“Are you shallow too.” they asked?

Follow the TREES!




Using Chopstix

I went out in the garden early this morning with my chopstix.

I’d been using knives, but there were issues.

NO,  I wasn’t eating sushi for breakfast.

I was marking my daylilies.


I use plastic knives with the names engraved on the blade.

These have been stepped on and broken by a certain blundering gardener.

If it is muddy, I  have to wipe off the knife blade to read the name.


So my new plan is plastic chopstix with the name engraved on the top.  Then use a Sharpe marker to fill in the scratches and wipe the rest off with 91% alcohol.   Isopropyl alcohol people!

I sat down with my list and Dremel tool last night.


I made a whole new batch of markers.



I chose blue and green to be inconspicuous.  Maybe I should have gotten red instead.


We will see how this works out.

I only broke one this morning.


Now if I can just read my writing!

Follow the forgetful FLOWER.

The Daylily Parade

The first in line was Whooperee on May 30, 2015.  The last to bloom was Sabre’ Salina on August 12, 2015. The parade of blooms lasted 72 days. I enjoyed every single morning of walking around with my camera.

I must admit I missed some bloomers due to a week of back pain and a week of vacation. I also left out the spiders. I omitted the six or seven that don’t have names, except for the yellow giant(pictured with Santa). That one was too big to ignore.

I have many daylilies because my best friend used to have a beautiful daylily farm.  They gave me many of these. (Thanks Joyce and Jimmy.)

How do I remember all the names?  My little secret is etching the names onto colored plastic knives from any party store.  I use a Dremel tool, that way the names don’t fade away like when you write them with a sharpie. I stick these knives in the ground near the base of the plant. When I want the name, I look for the colored handle and pull it from the ground; instead of trying to pull the name out of my brain.  It’s so much easier than trying to remember them all.

If your daylilies don’t bloom, it’s time for some fertilizer and more water. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to divide them or they are not getting enough sun.

If anyone offers you an orange, old type named Kwanso; politely say no and run away as fast as you can. It’s the kudzu of the daylily family. It will spread and is very hard to get rid of.

#1 Whooperee/May 30028

#2 tied Sammy Russell and Mac The Knife/ June 2

Sammy Russell Mac The Knife

#3 Emperor Butterfly/June 4Emperor Butterfly/June 4

Smokey Mountain Autumn
Smokey Mountain Autumn
new daylily blooms 003
Oh, no!!! Kwanso
Purple Pinwheel
Purple Pinwheel
Sabra Salina
Sabra Salina

Changing Latitudes

Delicate Treasure
Delicate Treasure
Mabel Nolan
Mabel Nolan
Gentle Shepard
Gentle Shepard
OH, No! Kwanso
Kwanso again! Dig it up before it spreads some more!
Radiant Greetings
Radiant Greetings
Little Lila
Little Lila
Lavender Rainbow
Lavender Rainbow
Nowhere to hide
Nowhere to Hide
Sovereign Queen
Sovereign Queen
Raphael Daylily
Raphael Daylily
Laura Harwood
Laura Harwood
Last bloom 2015
Last bloom 2015
Sabre' Salina
Sabre’ Salina

Featured Image -- 640This  giant, yellow daylily is the workhorse of the bunch. Its blooms are the biggest and it blooms the longest.

I hate to tell you this, but I do not know its name.

We got it many years ago at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens daylily sale.

If you haven’t been to DSBG, you must visit it if you come to North Carolina.

It and Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina are my two favorite places on this planet.

Follow the Flower!