Our strolling down the sidewalks of Bramwell was detoured by a marvelous garden.
There was a row of dahlias shamelessly showing off right there next to the sidewalk.
You couldn’t expect me to waltz right by without stopping to meet them.
Thomas Edison was closest to the gate. I barged in like a blogger gone mad.
There were some show-stoppers that I needed to know the names of for future purchases.
Harold Brown, the pianist and gardener, informed me that these beauties came from Old House Gardens in Ann Harbor, Michigan.
When flowers are involved, the Flower gets a bit brazen.
I usually visit this farm in June at the peak of daylily season.
I did not get there until July this year. I am glad.
There was a whole different crop of flowers.
They seemed unbothered by the heat of the southern summer.
This place used to be a working dairy farm then a daylily farm.
Now it’s just home to folks and flowers, goats and horses.
Here are some daylilies that bloom mid-July.
I always enjoy my time with these friends and their flowers.
This is my favorite daylily. Okay besides Nowhere to Hide and South Seas and …
I do not know its name.
I got it on a hot as hell day at a chaotic event at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens back in the 1990’s. I wish someone there would identify this giant for me. Hello Daniel Stowe!
It is a late bloomer. Its first bloom opened yesterday. I visited it many times. I photographed it with my hand for scale,
but then decided it deserved a ruler for accuracy.
This giant has big bubba blooms that amaze me every year. Here is its spent bloom beside a large variety, Mabel Nolan.
Its a lovely, light yellow with a little ruffle along the edge.
Giant and gorgeous!
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I am thrilled but puzzled by the bounty of blooms this year.
Could it be related to the fact that none of my dayilies got to get to full flower last summer?
Has the deer herd done me a favor? Probably not.
I suspect that my four-legged friends have been sublty munching on my blooms for years.
Here are some more daylilies blooming today. They just keep coming!
Purple Pinwheel daylily
Yabba Dabba Doo daylily
Stay tuned. There are a few more that bloom late in the season.
It’s been such a delight to see all my Hemerocallis varieties blooming this June,
unlike last year when they were devoured before opening.
Here are some more lovely blooms.
I am feeling a bit greedy keeping all these juicy blooms for myself.
If I could train the deer to deadhead, we would both be happy.
Why can’t nature be more cooperative?
The deer battle continues. I have pulled out all the stops.
We have fence. We have Deer Scram.
We have stakes. We have bird netting.
So far so good.
Here are a few survivors.
I cannot let the deer learn to eat my flowers or they will stay in the area and only eat my juicy flowers.
I am being cruel to be kind. I do not believe in interfering with nature.
I do not feed the birds(except hummingbirds) because they stay in one area
and the bird’s of prey learn to hunt there most of the time
and everybody gets lazy and crowded and spreads diseases…
It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature!
FLOW in the KNOW
I will put almost anything between the deer and my darling daylilies.
So my garden is beginning to resemble a junk yard.
This ‘South Seas’ bloomed amidst the mess.
I have a new method that has been working well and looks less messy.
I have been hanging a fence ring on a pole around the blooms.
It is high enough so the deer cannot stick their hungry heads down in it.
The grooves on the posts hold the rings in place so that they are not tossed out of the way by the bunch of munchers.
I found one ring thrown in the middle of my driveway by an overzealous eater!
I will be buying more posts today.
‘South Seas’ was worth all the trouble.
Don’t you agree?
I have been fighting to protect daylily buds long enough to get a photo of one bloom from each plant.
I actually burst into tears in the garden yesterday.
One of my slow-growing daylilies, ‘Gentle Shepherd’ was decapitated overnight.
Here is a survivor.
‘Peacock Alley’ with sparkling raindrops.
Pointy, pink and pretty.
My flowers are my friends.
The deer are not my enemies.
I am torn between flowers and fawns.
My world is tiny.
My garden is important to me but so is nature.
This bloom stands out in the garden due to its mellow petal color.
Many daylilies scream for attention,
but ‘Moonlit Masquerade’ quietly waits to be noticed.
It has smooth moonlight yellow petals and a deep mulberry eye contrasted by a yellow-green throat.
Ooh la la!