Featured Flowers

Well before the daylilies begin blooming, we enjoy the appearance of a variety of wildflowers and violets. The Violets seem to pop up in various spots in both sun and shade, but typically tucked under a tree or near some rocks.

The wildflowers appear in the understory of trees on the edges of fields. They bloom and go dormant surprisingly quickly. 

 

Viola sororia 'Freckles': A large patch of these just appeared this year!

 

Viola sororia priceana AKA Confederate Violets: These seem to be a cross between common purple and white V. sororia.

The common name seems to refer to the uniforms worn by the Confederate troops.

 

Viola pubescens (I believe), I serendipitously captured this spider making it's home under one leaf of the violet.

 

Primula veris: Not truly a wildflower, as I planted these but I love them. Blooming early in the spring in shady and part sunny locations,

I enjoy the way they pop up here and there.

Dog Tooth Violets, Wild Ginger and some small Dutch Man's Breeches all coexist in a woodland garden under an old 

Apple tree. This garden was planted over 50 years ago I believe.

A large patch of wild Ginger growing next to our little stream.

We've had a few early surprises, but mostly just lots of scapes! Real bloom will begin in about 7-10 days I expect.

The first three flowers, are apparently the result of rebloom scapes that never got a chance to bloom last year and just popped up early this year. Without a good long growing season to allow the scapes to develop they ended up being just 6 inches tall.

 

Saratoga Springtime

 

H. yezonensis

H. middendorfii 'Japan Hybrid' red bract

 

 

Various scapes popping up in my "UP early" bed.

 

While just a small trumpet yellow, this daylily is blooming before anything else. No of the Iris have even begun to bloom.

One of my all time favorites: H. fulva 'Kwanso" variegata. The foliage is just so stunning, and the variation in the variegation really adds to the interesting aspect of this plant. I have my tucked into the corner of my barn and a small flower bed, where it can easily be contained!

Daylily shoots in the Spring

Daylily shoots appear quite early in the spring, consequently they sometimes get damaged by frost on the tips or

portions of the emerging leaves.

These shoots look undamaged by frost. One reason may be the retention of the foliage, as it adds a bit

of insulation around the leaves.

 

Hemerocallis fulva (The Orange Roadside Daylily) is usually quite frost tolerant and as such the shoots come up fast and vigorously

They are easily identified by the loose non-clump forming stand they produce.

 

Here is a close up example of frost damage to Buttered Popcorn. The tips are shriveled and 

mishapen.

 

While not as badly damaged the peculiar distortion of the tips is evidence of frost damage.

 

Rest assured though that all these daylilies will grow on to produce a magnificent show in

mid Summer. It's just the price they pay for being so quick to sprout in the spring.

Pip our newest addition, is of course a Border Collie puppy. Her lineage includes Scottish and Irish parents.

She has already impressed us with her easy going yey energized personality.

Pip has already found the greenhouse to be one of her favorite places

 

After a bust period of collecting various items to chew on, Pip settles down for a nap.

 

One of the most amazing traits of Border Collies is their ability to just watch, and I'm assuming learn.

 

 

Some tiny little twig makes a perfect toy for a tiny pup.

More pictures to come!

 

The field in late April

The soil has dried out nicely after all the snow.

Finally with snow melted (mostly), we can begin to work the beds. The beds will be mostly left alone as the

daylilies begin to put up their shoots. We don't clean up much of the foliage, but just work a lot of it into the soil when we get into the beds

to dig and rototill.

 

The first rototill of the garden reveals some good rich soil, from years of adding compost. We frequently

use plastic as a mulch as it helps save time with weeds and weeding.