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In Praise of Lily Season

One of the new Asian lilies in bloom.

One of the new Asian lilies in bloom.

Lilies are coming on strong. For several weeks, the yellow stella de oro lilies have been in bloom, and may be past bloom in many plantings.

In my gardens, Iowa tiger lilies are just popping out everywhere. Most day lilies are still to bloom, but my shady garden tends to run a bit behind others. I like day lilies a lot–even though each flower lasts only a day, the plant puts out so many blooms that the day lily season seems like one of the longer flower seasons in my gardens.

Tall and pretty, native Iowa lily.

Tall and pretty, native Iowa lily.

Asian lilies, most of them planted by me and my two 3-year-old grandchildren assistants, are starting to put on a nice show.

I’ve noticed on my bike rides recently that many people have hollyhocks in bloom. I planted a few this year, and one of those plants is budding—I look forward to the return of this plant, absent since a bad bunny year several years ago, and its pretty flowers.

But for now, mid summer—time for cone flowers, hosta and, most of all, the glorious lily. More photos.

Cone flower. These are just starting.

Cone flower. These are just starting.


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The Less Transient Then Expected Beauty of the Daylily


Daylily blooms July 15, 2011

Daylilies, luckily, seem to belie their name. A single daylily flower blooms in the morning and withers in the coming night—blooming for a day.

But, that suggests the bloom time of the flower would be very quick. Not so, as most daylily stalks feature multiple buds, and different hybrids have slightly different and over lapping bloom periods.

Add to that they fact that these hardy perennial flowers, despite liking sun, can tolerate some shade, and they are the perfect perennial for my gardens.

As you can see, we’re in daylily season, which will go on for weeks. Here are a few images of blooms today, mid July, in my garden. I’m playing with the Nikon, taking close photos with the “regular” lens,  an 18 to 50 zoom. I think results are pretty good.


Two daylilies by the mailbox.


Tiger Lily in wall garden.

Trumpet vine flower

Trumpet vine flower fallen in birdbath

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Flowers of Summer


Petunia in planter

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We (mostly Audrey) refinished the deck over the Fourth of July weekend.

Then we (all me, this time) installed some railing planters that Audrey’s sister Paula removed from the porch of their new house in Omaha. We (all Audrey, this time) planted petunias from HyVee Drug store in them, and the refinished deck indeed looks festive.

Day Lily

Love this peach colored day lily that started blooming today

So, some petunia images and what is blooming in the garden right now.

Yellow Asian Lily

Yellow Asian Lily


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Photo Fever: Where the Hummingbird Feeds


UPDATE: After posting blog about hummingbird, I saw and photographed it!

Foxglove in wall garden in front yard, tasty to hummingbirds, apparently.

Yeah, I got it,  photo fever. My new Nikon makes me hungry.

The Gazette wasn’t there Wednesday morning, so I called. When they finally delivered it, I went out to pick it up, and a slight movement in the corner of my right eye made me glance towards the wall garden.

Where a hummingbird was feeding in the foxglove.

What a freaky, fast, funny bird. Hovering like a Huey for an instant, but then flitting off like lightning.

I watched it for maybe 5 seconds. Of course, I thought of grabbing my Nikon. Of course it would have been hopeless, the hummingbird finished its breakfast in a few seconds and flitted off.

Well, I was ready today. I sat on the front stoop reading The Gazette, camera worn like a necklace. But, did not see the bird, so I took some flower photos, most in the front wall garden where the bird-drawing foxglove are finishing their blooming, but a few in back, too.

Some photos here, more in a Facebook album.

And I have to be philosophical about the hummingbird. Even if she didn’t cooperate and get her photo taken, she was cool to see and I hope I glance her again. Catching her image isn’t likely, but it would be really, really cool.

And now I want a close up macro lens Garden Muse uses for her excellent photos. Oh well, I’m getting better garden photos this year anyway, and I need to learn how to use the Nikon.

The daddy longlegs is OK, but he’s no hummingbird.

UPDATE: Well shoot darn.  Spoke or wrote too soon.  After posting this entry on my blog, I cut myself a couple of slices of Audrey’s excellent homemade banana nut bread and sat down on my front stoop to enjoy breakfast.  With my Nikon, fortunately, as you can see on the first photo and in the final two at the end of this post. I was a bit far away, but the bird wasn’t staying long–still, it’s exciting to get any images at all of this quick little creature, and just cool to see it again.  (Looking at the photos, I’m not so sure the colors are dull, with hummingbirds it’s hard to see.)

Spider on bud

Spider on cone flower bud--actually, a daddy long legs, I think, a spider-like bug.

Asian lilies.

Asian lilies and buds in front wall garden (near foxglove).

The bird!

Humming bird ready for a foxglove snack.

It's a bird!

The hummingbird, ready to fly off after a 3-second breakfast.

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