I’m saying goodbye to some of my garden plants such as the Hemerocallis “Colorful Summer” until next year when she reawakens for another blooming season. She is aptly named with her vibrant orange petals that actually fade in direct sunlight. But it’s been a good two months of nonstop blooms so she’s earned her winter nap. When I went to the Botanical Gardens in Norfolk I saw this daylily blooming there. I was really excited, because this plant was given to me 10 years ago as a pass-a-long and I had forgotten the name. This time I made sure to document the name in my journal. They described it as a pink flower, but it depends on the light you plant it in. It looks pinkish or peachy in direct full sun. Others in my garden are just starting to come into their own such as the Thunbergia alata (Blackeyed Susan Vine) that has managed to wind it’s way up my recycled TV antennae to trellis. I haven’t spotted any buds yet, but the season is far from over. The orange flowers with their black throats will be a welcome surprise when most things have long since faded from the summer garden. They are an annual in my zone 7b area, being that they are only hardy in zones 9-12. Next year I will get the seeds in the ground earlier, I didn’t plant these until June so they are doing well considering. Another late bloomer this year is the Hosta plantain lily “Royal Standard”. I have a mass of these in the water fountain bed and they will be in full bloom soon. This is a bloom worth waiting for, because they are supported on sturdy stems and the buds are huge. The flower is a lavender shade that is fragrant. These are large plants at about 18-24″ wide and the leaves are corrugated and a bright green color. Even if I didn’t enjoy the flower on this hosta I would plant it for the texture of the leaves. In addition they are planted in part sun and the foliage doesn’t burn. So while I am saying farewell until next year to the daylillies, I am still anticipating the start of the season for others in the garden.
Farewell to some…