Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sunday Stroll-June 22, 2008

These are the first daylillies I have opening, shown against the Moonbeam coreopsis. They came from divisions of my brother-in-law's garden. In honor of his Dutch ancestry, he plants mostly bulb and corm plants.
The hollyhocks are working their way up the stalk. I have some white ones out today as well, but just couldn't get enough contrast in the photo to make them look good.

Bee-balm, with a self-sown hollyhock coming up in the middle of them. Well, I guess everything in this bed is self-sown; that's why my daughter calls it my "crazy" garden. But it's too much fun for me to want to tame it!
Serviceberries. Look quick, before the birds get them all!


Lisa at Greenbow said...

This garden looks like it has tamed itself. You don't need to interfere it is quite beautiful.

Aisling said...

Wow! Look at the color of those service berries! I love the way the daylilies look against the moonbeam coreopsis.

Joyce said...

Thanks, Lisa. I'm not sure I could tame it if I tried. It's all very tall, and what I like is to sit on the banck I have in it and enjoy the flowers towering above me.

Aisling, I planted those daylillies not knowing what color they would be. My brother-in-law handed me a bag of divisions, and admitted he had accidentally mixed them together and I would just have to gamble when I planted them. I got lucky with this one.

Nan said...

Do your hollyhocks come up year after year? I so long for them, but I think I must treat them as annuals here. I bought a plant this year from White Flower Farm with the wonderful name of Appleblossom, and so far, so good. It's a few inches high, and I'm hopeful.

Joyce said...

Nan, here I understand they are biennials, but they self-sow so much it's hard for me to tell. I do get them year after year, but they wander about. If I catch them early enough in the season, I transplant them where I would rather they be, but if I miss a couple, I never have the heart to take them out later. I'm not a very good plant disciplinarian, I'm afraid.

Rose said...

I enjoyed this stroll around your garden, Joyce. I see you have the old-fashioned hollyhocks like I do. I was surprised to see mine have blossomed, too; they seem to open up overnight!
I've started my own "crazy garden," too with plant divisions and passalong plants. I'm just going to let it do what it wants!