Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Filling in the Design
I didn't plan to fill these beds with daylilies, but I'm in a race to get hundreds of them in the ground by the end of this week. This morning I filled the bed on the right and started in on the bed beyond. I took these pictures after breakfast, so there's a reddish cast to the light because of the low angle of the sun.
This angle of view gives you a better idea of how I'm using circles and curves in the back yard. The lot is shaped like a quarter of a pie, and the house is a long box, so I'm using curves wherever possible.
In the bed on the right I started to introduce perennials other than daylilies. I liked the effect, so after lunch I went out and bought a carload of more perennials for the next areas I plant. Some of the plants in the near beds were "cooked" on Friday or Saturday when I dug and planted them. I may have laid them out in the sun too long. I think four to six of them are looking so bad that I'll be amazed if they recover. I corrected my methods in case what I did was the cause of the plants' distress.
This is my seedling crop now. Only a few crosses haven't germinated.
Blooming in the display bed in front this morning was a breathtaking large flower by Gerda Brooker, AUTUMN REFLECTION. It is registered as a "tangerine self." If you factor out the red shift from morning sunlight, what I have is a creamy yellow that wouldn't ever pass for tangerine color.