The season is over. I feel I started off well and fixed many things in the garden I had been putting off but I also faded out at the end. Now my garden looks like this until spring. In the meantime I will post here on occasion but my focus will now shift to my other blog – Kathy’s Kiosk. There I continue to show and tell about life in the country and also about my life as a volunteer at the Medicine River Wildlife Centre.
I will scrounge around to see if I can find more information on this daylily I planted a few years ago. It has two features that distinguish it from other daylilies – it is fragrant and it is a repeat bloomer!
The Asiatic Lilies are done and now the Tiger Lilies (lillium lancifolium) arejust coming into flower along with the day lilies. This is only the second year I’ve had these blooming in my perennial bed but I’ve found them to be very hardy. They are rated for zone 2. These plants do best at the back of the border as they are quite tall – about 4ft.x1ft.- and would look better in clumps. I think the only drawback to this plant is having to bend over to look up into the flowers!
These lilies were listed as the ‘Stargazer’ ones. However the ones of that name that I was expecting are a lighter, brighter pink and white and are quite fragrant. On the plus side, these lilies are very hardy, grow easily and will multiply.
The ‘Hansa’ is one of the earlier modern hardy shrub roses. I’m convinced this rose is one of the hardest to kill! It grows 3′-5′ tall and wide, has deep pink/fuschia double-petal flowers, a semi-strong ‘rose’ fragrance and flowers steadily from mid-June until fall. It tolerates a variety of soils and conditions. A very good beginner’s rose.
I have 20 shrub roses spread around my acreage. And why not? They’re Alberta winter hardy, they bloom on and off from spring to fall, they’re pretty and, of course, they smell good!. This rose is the Morden Sunrise.
I neglected this shrub bed for many years, only weedwacking it clear of weeds every once in a while. Last summer I bought a new riding lawn mower which did not mulch. Then I had to buy some sort of grass collector and opted for a lawn sweeper. Now armed with an abundant supply of grass clippings for mulch I tackled the shrub bed. Gardening work is never done but the bed certainly looks better and has been much easier to care for.
Here’s the first big bloom of June. This is from a store-bought peony I recently planted. Pretty and fragrant too! Peonies can grow quite large (3-4 ft. x 3-4 ft.) and will need the support of a peony ring if you wish to keep the huge flower heads upright. Some people like the sprawling effect. They bloom from early to mid-summer. Peonies can live for 20 or more years in the same spot! They don’t like being kept wet but are otherwise easy to grow. Planting is the key. Plant at the same level it was grown in the pot. Too high or too deep and it won’t grow.