This old fashioned favorite is top of the list for many gardeners. Although the peak bloom for most of this class of iris is May, they can start as early as April and flower into June (or late summer if you count the reblooming types). Called "Bearded" because they have what looks like a bushy tuft of hair growing on it's fall. Named Iris from the Greek goddess who rode rainbows, because … [Read more...] about Flowers Of May: Bearded Iris
I just wrote a page about Daylilies, and then saw Kathy Purdy's post on Facebook with a delightful portrait of a variety called "Going Bananas". It got me thinking about what colors of Hemerocallis I like best. Time For Daylilies, on Ilona's Garden From earliest memory when visiting old fashioned gardens that often had a circle of daylilies somewhere in the yard, it was the "Lemon lily" … [Read more...] about Daylilies Grow On You
Rue with no view of the flagstone pathEver heard that saying? It might become all too meaningful if you are working on a hot summer day, especially while trimming back the "Herb of Grace" Ruta graveolens, AKA "Rue". The sap from cut or bruised plants can be very irritating. Some people actually blister from it. I was doing just such a task today, and noticed my skin feeling prickly and … [Read more...] about You’ll Rue The Day…
Only 10 Plants? If I was reduced to ten plants around which to plan the gardening season, which would I choose? That is a difficult choice given that there are lots of them I haven't even tried. For instance, I always wanted a dictamnus, gas plant, but never managed to purchase it. To answer the question... Those I would choose now, for this garden on the plain, are these old stalwarts. I … [Read more...] about What are your ten top choices for perennial plantings?