Some years are better for certain plants than others. This has been a stupendous year for day lilies..... an apricot one here; and for crocosmia (formerly mombretia) too. Sometimes the weather plays a trick on you before you can do anything about it! The horizontal blue in the pic on the left is Russian Sage.... after two days or pouring rain and a gale force wind - and because I had not tied it up this year.
I have more pictures of all the new day lilies.... but cameras and computers? They transfer the pics and then hide them. For the life of me I cannot find that last set of pics. Never mind, plenty of summer colour here.
Below some lovely Hot Pokers - lovely because of a mini-heatwave this summer so at the time of budding and blooming, no slugs! Some years I don't get a bloom!
|I had a new bed to fill this year - and I filled it as much as I could with an assortment of red, orange and yellow That little geum has been flowering non-stop since the end of May with careful deadheading.|
So... two of the new day lilies in the new border, red cosmos and a white delphinium there too.
The orange in the centre of this pic is a perenial mimulus (hardy-ish), so have planted amongst other stuff that is hardy to protect it from frost.
And below, just before it flowered, a new crocosmia from a private garden open to the public (The Yellow Book). The leaves have a grey shading, and this is echoed in the yellow flowers too. And it is a baby one! Sorry I don't have a name for this one.
Finally the big boy! Here's crocosmia Lucifer, which gives a lovely show from the house (100 ft away) because of it's red brilliance. Some might say "common as muck" and never have it, but I love the show. And to the left, Moorland Sunset, which is half the height of |Lucifer and has bright yellow stamens.
I think I have been very lucky this year. Loads of colour and more coming. Clematis Bill MacKenzie is flowering his heart out but I think that's because he heard me telling someone that he has to be moved - he has completely taken over an ornamental tree and several perennials!