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July 15, 2016

Ninth Annual Citywide Bloomday

     As I do each year for July's Bloom Day, crapemyrtles (Lagerstroemia species and hybrids) are celebrated. 2016 finds the trees flowering about two weeks later than normal. Typically they are at peak color in mid-July, but until just recently, we have not had an extended stretch of hot weather, which they need to begin blooming. So earlier this week I took to my bike to see what color I could find, and what follows are just a few very random shots from the west side of Norfolk. 
Hanover and Wythe



Bolling Ave.

Carroll Place

Out Buildings



     I had stopped at a 7/11 to take a photo of a particularly colorful crapemyrtle. While my eye was fixed to the camera, I was startled by a very bubbly voice asking if I was there for "the 7/11", to which I said no, I was here to take a photo of the tree. She asked if I would like her to be in the photo, and thought why the hell not. I asked her name, she said Ieasha, and as we parted she called me Love Bug. I didn't put two and two together about it being July 11th at a 7/11, so I rode off without my free Slurpee. In the photo Ieasha looks as if she is holding a crapemyrtle bouquet, but the tree is nearly 15' away.
Oh Thank Heaven

     Do you have random shots of something blooming? If so join in the monthly celebration of Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

June 19, 2016

A Morning in the Perennial Garden

     This morning I joined a co-worker in the Baker Perennial Garden at work. She was leading two daylily-centric "walk and talks" of the garden in conjunction with the Tidewater Daylily Society's annual show and sale. To make these plants look their best, we went through and deadheaded every daylily in the garden, which took the two of us about 90 minutes. After we were done I took advantage of the beautiful 70 degree weather, and grabbed some shots of the recently groomed photogenic beauties.

     Hemerocallis citrina
Hemerocallis citrina (2)

     'Cricket Call'
Hemerocallis 'Cricket Call' (2)

     'El Desperado'
Hemerocallis 'El Desperado'

     'All Things to All Men'
Hemerocallis 'All Things to All Men'

      'Green Inferno'
Blue Arbor with Hemerocalllis 'Green Inferno'

     This is 'VT Purple Passion', and it was bred and introduced by my former employer and local daylily enthusiast, Linda Pinkham. It compliments her 'VT Spirit', which has the school colors of Virgnia Tech. 
Hemerocallis 'VT Purple Passion'

     'Sundays with Vernon'
Hemerocallis 'Sundays with Vernon'
     'Summer Fireworks'
Hemerocallis 'Summer Fireworks' (2)

Hemerocallis 'Summer Fireworks' (3)

     'Premier Surprise'
Hemerocallis 'Premier Surprise'

     'Nona's Garnet Spider'
Hemerocallis 'Nona's Scarlet Spider' (2)

     'Lord of the Rings'
Hemerocallis 'Lord of the Rings'

     'Lime Peel'
Hemerocallis 'Lime Peel'

      'Land of Cotton'
Hemerocallis 'Land of Cotton'

     Although they were the reason I was there, daylilies were not the only things blooming. Rudbeckia maxima is probably becoming my favorite member of the genus.
Rudbeckia maxima (1)

Rudbeckia maxima (2)

     Lilium 'Holland Beauty'
Lillium 'Holland Beauty' (2)

Lillium 'Holland Beauty' (1)

     These hanging baskets have Elymus arenarius (whose color is a dead match for the arbor), 'Carita Cascade Purple' Angelonia, and 'Silver Falls' Dichondra
Hanging Baskets

     Verbena boanriensis with Filipendula rubra 'Venusta'
Verbena boanriensis with Filipendula rubra 'Venusta' (1)

Verbena boanriensis with Filipendula rubra 'Venusta' (2)