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My garden began with a plan.

Tall things in the back.

Mid-sized in the middle

And shorter things along the edge.

It was a good plan

Stella d Ora re-blooming day lilies

Were just the thing for the front.

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Leaving room for lettuce and arugula in season.

The middle is full of goodies

Gloriosa Daisies

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Purple Coneflower

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All kinds of lilies

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And lots more.

I reserved the back

For beds of Dahlias

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And Hollyhocks.

I love Hollyhocks.

I think of Santa Fe

And gardens of family and friends.

My red ones come from seeds from my mother’s garden.

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The pink from my neighbor Patti.

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The pink ones have never been as prolific as the red.

So I cherish each one

Along with the memories of Patti

And our gardening adventures.

A few years ago

When a pink hollyhock appeared

At the front edge of the garden.

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I left it alone.

You see hollyhocks don’t transplant well

They have a tap-root.

One large deep root.

I’m sure God did it that way

To anchor such a tall plant

And keep it from blowing over.

Smart gardener…God.

Over the past few years.

This single pink hollyhock

Has gotten taller

And taller.

This year it has grown to a whopping 7 1/2 feet.

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Way too tall for the front of the garden.

Even for a “relaxed”

Gardener like me.

Yet I can’t bring myself to cut it down.

While it’s in full bloom.

So the plan is to let it finish blooming

And set seed.

Then I will cut it

And lay the branches in the places

I’d like it to be.

At the back.

It will be a few years

Before it grows to these heights.

But I can wait.

After all

Patience is perhaps the greatest

Gardening lesson of all.

Gail

Coco patiently keeping watch over the garden.

Coco patiently keeping watch over the garden.

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LILIES GALORE

I have always loved Lilies.

Don’t really know why.

There is no great “Lily memory”

Or “Lily moment”

That comes to mind.

But, since I have become a gardener

I have always had Lilies.

It likely began when Elliott’s friend David’s mother Esther

Got that…

Gave me a start of Tiger Lilies.

The tall stately orange Lily with deep brown spots.

Unfortunately they were a bit invasive for my space

So I left them behind in my old garden.

I did however bring a Daylily of Esther’s

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That has filled a space between my house

And Torry next door. 

It too seems to spread beyond

The space I am willing to give it.

But it’s a great bit of mid summer orange

That we both enjoy.

Walking through my garden this week

I’ve realized how many different kinds of Lilies

Have come to call this place home.

Most of these like some shade during the day

So they are dotted throughout my garden

Enjoying the part sun, part shade it offers.

Perhaps the best known is the Daylily.

My season begins with the miniature Stella d Ora.

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It allegedly re-blooms but this year I was slow

In deadheading it so the second round of buds

Are just beginning to show. 

And let’s be clear about this re-blooming thing.

No matter what the plant

No matter what the promise

The second round of blooms

Is always much less of a show

Than the first…at least at my house.

Other Daylilies have been given to me

By my friend Madeline

When she over-bought on a trip down south.

Imagine that !!!

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Daylilies are just that.

Each bloom lasts a day

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But the stems of mature plants

Have lots of buds

Giving weeks of dotted bloom.

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Moving a little deeper into the shade

I find Calla Lilies.

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Not really supposed to be perennial here in zone 7B

But I chance it

And they reward me well.

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They are well protected from winter

Since they are buried deep in my garden

Nested under trees.

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Then there are the show offs.

Orientals.

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They are tall

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Fragrant

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Glorious

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And finicky.

Most don’t return the next year

At my house.

But fortunately

They aren’t too expensive

So I plant a few each fall.

Hoping to some day find the one variety

That wants to move here

On a permanent basis.

Lily diversity.

It gives me weeks of Lily pleasure

In mid summer.

Diversity.

It’s good for my garden.

Good for the earth.

Good for the soul.

It’s just plain good!

Gail

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