Saturday, April 18, 2009

Rain wreckage and a new day...lily, that is!

Today the first of my Daylilies opened in the lily bed. This is the Spider Miracle Lily -- from Olallie Daylily Gardens.
Just another reminder that I am not in charge. I carefully researched color and bloom times to plan my daylily garden. This was supposed to be an AUGUST bloomer! Of course, it's the first one to bloom in the whole bed.

According to their catalog, this is the biggest lily they have, measuring up to 8.5 inches wide and 32" high. They are tall and regal, nad a beautiful lemon-lime color.
These little yellow blooms are sad today, though. The torrential rains we got yesterday (1.5 inches -- yeah!) were a little hard on the Euryops -- they were all lying on the ground this morning when I got up.
And look at poor Maggie. Trashed. Looks like someone had a heck of a party in the garden last night. Since I don't think Maggie drinks beer, I'll have to give her the benefit of the doubt and blame it on the storms. But with this drought, we needed the rain, even if it means a little mess in the garden.


getgrounded said...

Torrential rain, Diana? I got gentle rain all day, less than one inch accumulated. It's amazing what a difference just a few miles apart. Sorry about Maggie, though I'm glad you got moisture.

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

Looks a lot like my garden today. The rain really did a number on it. Petals everywhere.

Gail said...

A gentle rain is what you needed to help those seeds get established! But you are right rain was needed! Diana, I love your new daylily! I think the spiders are the best..have you seed Kindly's an older one, but to me is the standard! Isn't Olallie in VT? Maybe your daylily blooms in August there but not in the south! What do we do for late summer daylily bloom? gail

Blossom said...

I've never seen a spider lily of that color. Beautiful.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

It is raining here today Diana. I am glad to hear you have had rain even if it created some mess. I know your area needs rain desperately. Your new daylily looks great. It sounds like you are having our August-like weather so it is totally confused. Maybe it will rebloom for you in August.

Diana said...

GetGrounded -- I did have heavy rain, 1.6 something all together. Maggie will recover - and I am so glad to have the rain, no matter what a mess it made!

Debbi -- I know I shouldn't complain, and I'm really not complaining, just observing!

Gail --I haven't seen Kindly Light - I'll have to go look for it. Olallie is in VT and that's a very good point! On top of our non-winter, I guess she's way ahead of the curve.

Blossom -- I thought it was a great color -- I tired to do vivid colors through the whole bed.

Lisa -- what a great thought - that it might bloom again! I'll hang onto that idea for sure. You are cool again there today, aren't you? I know you are ready for the sun to show up again.

Annie in Austin said...

I just read the fireant post, Diana, freaked out and ran away in a panic to this one...ah, daylilies!

I like your new addition, but like Gail, once grew Kindly Light and think it is the most beautiful Spider hemerocallis. Wish I had it again now.
The daylilies that I did bring with me bloom much earlier than in Illinois - they bloomed end of June through mid-August up there but now appear end of April and might last through early June.

This is a very new daylily, right? Maybe it will bloom a little in 2010 after it's been in the ground a year.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Diana said...

Annie - well, of course it makes sense that our lilies bloom earlier here -- it is Spring earlier here! I like the spiders, too. There is something exotic about their wispy blooms that appeals to me. The bed was supposed to bloom in 3 phases - HA! So much for planning, This is the only one near bloom now. I'll have to check out that Kindly Light that you and Gail both recommend -- it must be a winner!

Annie in Austin said...

Diana, Kindly Light is in the dormant group of hemerocallis, needing a true cold rest in winter. When we were in the process of moving here in 1999, I followed the conventional advice that the semi-evergreen and evergreen groups had a better chance of survival. Dormant daylilies have a hard time here so I left KL behind.

But if you're buying daylilies and see one for under $15, get one for me and I'll pay you back. It's worth an experiment.


Diana said...

Annie - You're on. I am all for experiments in the garden -- that's what makes it all such an adventure, don't you think. I'll let you know what I see when I go noodling around.

Cindy, My Corner of Katy said...

I love, love, love that daylily! I really have a thing for the spider types.

Diana said...

Hey Cindy -- She's pretty, isn't she? I have a thing for exotics and delicate things. I love her height and those long, thin wispy blooms. And she has the whole show to herself as she's the only one blooming in the bed. Course that's because she thinks it's August at 94 degrees today!