Tag Archive for phlox

Morning in the garden – July 13, 2014

Early morning is my favorite time in the garden. It’s quiet and there are few distractions. It’s a perfect time to enjoy the views. Here’s a look at my perennial beds this morning, July 13, 2014.

Having a back yard fence protects ‘deer candy’ plantings from the jaws of the area’s most prolific herbivores. Until we added the fence a few years ago, a necessity once we installed an in-ground pool, I had little success getting day lilies to bloom, and trying to grow phlox was futile. The beds have matured nicely. This week I finally had time to devote to my own rather than clients’ gardens. So … with fresh edging and mulch these beds are ready to show.

We enter from the gate.

Welcome to joene's gardens in mid-July.

Welcome to joene’s gardens in mid-July.

And walk to the other end of the fenced-in yard.

Early morning in joene's gardens, mid-July

Early morning in joene’s gardens, mid-July

The yellow and pink shades of the lilies provide the bulk of the mid-summer pop.

Here’s a closer look at the lilies currently in bloom.

Asiatic lily 'Landini' (foreground), Asiatic lily 'Rosella's Dream', and the yellow Hemerocallis 'Hyperion' July 13, 2014

Asiatic lily ‘Landini’ (foreground), Asiatic lily ‘Rosella’s Dream’, and the yellow Hemerocallis ‘Hyperion’ July 13, 2014

Landini is a stunning shade of maroon, offering an unusual dark contrast to the Asiatic lily display. Take a look at the photo of ‘Rosella’s Dream’ in last week’s Morning in the garden post and you can see Landini’s buds.

Asiatic lily 'Landini' July 13, 2014

Asiatic lily ‘Landini’ July 13, 2014

Farther along in this bed, beyond the lilies, is day lily Hemerocallis ‘Siloam Ury Winniford’.  She never had the chance to bloom until I transplanted her to this deer-protected area.

Hemerocallis 'Siloam Ury Winniford' July 13, 2014

Hemerocallis ‘Siloam Ury Winniford’ July 13, 2014

Then, farther along near a bird bath, is the last bloom of this Iris ensata.

Iris ensata (unknown variety), July 13, 2014

Iris ensata (unknown variety), July 13, 2014

Looking back toward the gate from inside the fence …

Perennial bed in joene's garden, July 13, 2014

Perennial bed in joene’s garden, July 13, 2014

Two of the three day lily varieties have opened. You can see ‘Prairie Blue Eyes’ above and in close-up below.

Hemerocallis 'Prairie Blue Eyes' July 13, 2014

Hemerocallis ‘Prairie Blue Eyes’ July 13, 2014

Not captured in the overview shot is ‘Catherine Woodbury’.

Hemerocallis 'Catherine Woodbury' July 13, 2014

Hemerocallis ‘Catherine Woodbury’ July 13, 2014

Along the fence, phlox ‘Blue Paradise’ continue to bloom and send a sweet fragrance through the garden.

Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise' July 13, 2014

Phlox paniculata ‘Blue Paradise’ July 13, 2014

And the first balloon flower opened this morning.

The first Platycodon grandiflorus, aka balloon flower, July 13, 2014

The first Platycodon grandiflorus, aka balloon flower, July 13, 2014 . 

Hemerocallis ‘Going Bananas’ continues to bloom between the phlox and balloon flower. See last week’s Morning in the garden post for a closer look of these bright yellow blooms.

Digiprove sealCopyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Joene Hendry

Morning in the garden, July 6, 2014

Early morning is my favorite time in the garden. Birds sing, bees buzz and most human-created noise is quiet.

Here’s a sampling of this morning, July 6, 2014.

A favorite color combination, purple and yellow, as displayed by the concurrent blooms of Phlox paniculata ‘Blue Paradise’ that wafts it’s sweet fragrance through the garden, and the day lily Hemerocallis ‘Going Bananas’.

Hemerocallis 'Going Bananas' and Phlox paniculata 'Blue Paradise'

Hemerocallis ‘Going Bananas’ and Phlox paniculata ‘Blue Paradise’


Then there’s the lavender. I’m not 100% sure, but it’s likely ‘Hidcote’ or ‘Grosso’ … both grow well in my Connecticut gardens as long as they are not buried over the winter in shovels-full of snow.

Lavender in July in Connecticut

Lavender in July in Connecticut

Asiatic lilies are starting to put on a show. These are ‘Rosella’s Dream’.

Asiatic lily 'Rosella's Dream'

Asiatic lily ‘Rosella’s Dream’

Iris ensata, the last of my iris to bloom each year unless the reblooming variety manages to throw out a couple of late summer/early autumn blooms, completes this morning’s show.

Iris ensata, unknown variety.

Iris ensata, unknown variety.




Digiprove sealCopyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Joene Hendry

Lilies in Bloom–Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day

July means lilies for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day which show off their colors in spite of Connecticut’s long stretch of high humidity and temperatures in the 90’s.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day is a monthly garden party, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens who invites garden bloggers to share photos of their blooms. It’s a great opportunity to see what’s blooming beyond your own back, or front, yard. Just click on the May Dreams Gardens link.

Most lilies in my Connecticut garden grow within the fenced area behind our home where deer can not make a meal of them.

The long view of the rear perennial border near the deck is dotted with daylilies and Asiatic lilies that really shine now that the iris are done, the roses are taking a mid-summer break from blooming, lavender is just days from being cut back, and a few coneflowers are waiting to strut their stuff.  Hosta dress up the lower edge of our deck which provides enough shade from mid-day sun to keep the hosta leaves from burning.


While the lilies provide splashes of color in the long view, their blossoms are better appreciated close up.

Hemerocallis ‘Hyperion’ shows her cheerful lemon-yellow blossoms that add a sweet lemony scent to the air. ‘Hyperion’ has been with me for most of my gardening life, having made the move with me from a former home more than 15 years ago. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Beyond ‘Hyperion’ stands Asiatic lily ‘Rosella’s Dream’ which has been in bloom now for two weeks.


’Landini’ is the mahogany Asiatic lily peeking out from beyond ‘Rosella’s’ towering flower stalks.


Beyond ‘Landini’ is another Asiatic lily yet to open.

In a nearby perennial border, daylilies bloom behind a potted daisy and the front edge of scabiosa which show off much better in person than in this photo.


The daylilies are the two below, Hemerocallis ‘Prairie Blue Eye’ and ‘Macbeth.’


The pale peachy blooms in the foreground of the long view are ‘Catherine Woodbury’. She is suffering what I believe to be the fungal disease daylily streak (also noticeable on leaves of ‘Macbeth’). Catherine was a bit cranky today … she refused to open a blossom for our morning photo session.

Beyond the daylilies, balloon flower and phlox attract bees and moths, but the phlox is not enjoying our summer heat and will soon drop all petals.


Variegated hosta enjoy the shady border between the house and a bluestone walkway.


Hummingbirds frequent the hosta blooms throughout the day and take no note of the sand crane sculpture.

Head over to May Dreams Gardens now to catch a glimpse of July blooms elsewhere.

Digiprove sealCopyright secured by Digiprove © 2013 Joene Hendry