Sunday, July 29, 2007

July Goes Out Like a Lamb

A rather interesting daylily (Hemerocallis) fronts some ladies' mantle (Alchemilla mollis) on my rocky slope.

Lupine fronts unfurling Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm.' This photo was taken today. It's not often a perennial Lupine reblooms (the first bloom peaked around 6/30/07). I did dead-head it quickly after its first flower spike was finished, but it's probably only because it's a young (first-year) plant that the rebloom occurred. (I got it at the North Adams Garden Club sale this spring.)


Southview said...

Great looking flower! I need to get me a bunch. What's the human name for them? Daylily what?

DWPittelli said...

Sorry Southview, I don't know the name of the cultivar of daylily shown. A guest gave me the division off his plant last fall. I do think it would have to be one of the newer cultivars, and so not likely to be found at Home Depot or some such place.

To choose a daylily for yourself, it might be best to go to one of the better perennial nurseries (e.g., Ward's in South County, or Bay State Perennial Farm in Whately) right about now and pick one out while they're in bloom. (I haven't been to either during daylily season, but judging from the quality and variety of their other plants I have to assume they'd have a fair number of daylilies.)

If I get word on the daylily's exact identity I'll drop you a note.

DWPittelli said...

You can of course see what colors you like. The shape of this daylily is a so-called "spider" form; its cultivar name might or might not include that word.

When I use Google Images on the search for "Hemerocallis spider" (but without the quotes) I get some similar-looking flowers, e.g., 'Mabel Fuller' and 'Nona's Garnet Spider,' but I can't be sure any are the same as mine. (Of course, you're likewise admiring mine from a photo, so you could choose one that way regardless of exact identity.)

Southview said...

Hay thanks...I envision a nice patch of um under a light pole that I have been trying to brighten up ((;~) .