Thursday, July 3, 2008

We're baaaack!




We've just come back from a wonderful time on the farm in Indiana where we enjoyed cool, crisp nights - 56 one night! - and beautiful days in the upper 70s and low 80s.

We took Flat Stanley with us and tooks lots of pictures so we could share our travels with Kallie's class back home. Here they are in the family barn visiting the horses and down the road enjoying the neighbors' cows.




I absolutely love these wild day lilies that grow all over the country roads throughout Indiana. So wish I had some in my garden, but haven't been able to find any to buy. I thought about dividing a few and tucking them in my suitcase, but decided not to.



This is one of the family wheat fields -- so pretty and about 2-3 days from cutting.

And then we came home to RAIN! Glorious rain! We had 1/2 inch this week, which we so desperately needed.

16 comments:

Carol said...

How lucky you got to spend a few days in paradise aka Indiana. Isn't the weather wonderful?

I've got some of those tiger lilies. I don't know that you can buy them, you have to know someone and just dig up a clump. They are spreaders...

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Welcome home Diana. So glad you had good weather while back in the Hoosier State.

If you have some fancy daylilies just wait awhile and some will probably revert back to their origins which will be the desired ditch lily.

Diana said...

Carol - I should have come to your house with a jumbo ziploc baggie! It was a delightful visit and the perfect time of year to be there. And it's much cooler here at home now, only 94 today -- way better than the 100+ last week!

Diana said...

Thanks, Lisa. It was such a nice visit - such pretty farm countryside and everything so green. Here in Texas we are all brown now. But we're forecast to have a cooler and wetter July than normal. We can only hope. It'd be great if my mauve day lilies turned orange!!!!

Sherry at the Zoo said...

What part of Indiana did you visit?

Our weather has been so cool and rainy this summer...more like an endless spring. If I could, I would send it your way.

Sherry at the Zoo said...

What part of Indiana did you visit?

Our weather has been so cool and rainy this summer...more like an endless spring. If I could, I would send it your way.

Diana said...

Sherry - we were about an hour north of Indy outside Arcadia - a little past Noblesville. It was so nice - I'd take any weather you'd send me!

Gail said...

Diana,

The H. fulva are indestructible any one who grows them could send you a few fans. When I say indestructible I mean they can sit out all winter with rootstock exposed and still flower the next spring. I will think about the best way to get you a few! Right now might not be the best time! Our ground is like concrete.

It sounds an ideal vacation and Flat Stanley added to the excitement I am sure!

gail

Diana said...

Gail - hey - I am all FOR indestructible! Wish we had some around here. Our ground is hard and brown, too. so sad to have it happen so early in the year.

Lori said...

Up until the heat broke a few days ago, the Midwest sounded like paradise to me for the first time in years. Maybe I should plan a trip back up to Wisconsin before the end of the summer. ;)

Diana said...

Lori - well, since we got the humidity when the 100s went away, I'd definitely recommend it! It felt so good to have cool, crisp mornings and evenings. But take a sweatshirt for nights in the 50s -- I was actually cold!

Annie in Austin said...

Welcome back, Diana - you do make Indiana look like paradise ;-]

Hemerocallis fulva, good ol' ditch lilies, were both common, spreading and indestructible in Illinois...but I haven't seen them growing wild around Austin. Maybe you have to know where to look?

When we had all that rain last year Julie at the Human Flower Project and Tom Spencer of Soul of the Garden were so happy to see their Orange daylilies bloom that that they posted photos.

I'd also love to find someone down here who could pass some along!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Lori said...

Annie - Those ditch lilies grew like weeds up in WI. If I go back during the summer, I should grab a clump to share and test out down here. They're definitely a nostalgic plant for me!

Diana said...

Annie - I do wish I knew where some ditch-fuls of those lilies were around here.

Lori - If you grab some clumps, I'd stand in line for one -- I think they are just beautiful.

Pam/Digging said...

Indiana does look quite attractive. It's enough to make me want to move north for the summer, returning in late September when the heat is just about to break. Did you have time to nip over to Indianapolis to see Carol's garden, or was time too tight?

Congrats on sitting tight after your close encounter with the rat snake. I'm glad it wasn't a rattler. My in-laws get those in their garden in Shady Hollow.

Diana said...

Pam - No, we were only there for 3 days and hadn't been for a while, so no outside visits this time. It was delightful. I was enjoying our cooler temps and rain, but seems like that's over for now. did you get rain? We had an inch total this week!