Daylilies – Healthy and Happy

Hi Bismarck, ND neighbors. (Other friends, bear with us until after our May 30th sale.) We have hundreds of healthy, happy, very well rooted and well-grown daylilies for you to add to your garden . Come to West Avenue C on May 30th and this is a bit of what you will see.

Happy and Healthy potted plants ready to go.

Happy and Healthy potted plants ready to go.

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Garden Tour!

Garden Tour!

 

Golden Bleeding Heart survived multiple freezes.

Golden Bleeding Heart survived multiple freezes.

Delightful Daylilies – These could be yours!

Border Music

Hemerocallis “Border Music”. Hybridized by Salter, 1995. 26″ high, 6″ bloom. Tetraploid.

 

Bordello QueenBridgeton Fireworks

Emily's Red Leather

Emily’s Red Leather

DreamLight

DreamLight

Dinner and a Movie

Dinner and a Movie

Heavenly Beginnings

Heavenly Beginnings

Karen Sue

Karen Sue

Karen's Curls

Karen’s Curls

Little Grapette - purple miniature

Little Grapette – purple miniature

Phyllis Cantini - 27" high with 3.5 spider bloom

Phyllis Cantini – 27″ high with 3.5 spider bloom

Peas and Thank You - as cute as its name

Peas and Thank You – as cute as its name

Painted Pink - lovely frilly pink

Painted Pink – lovely frilly pink

Ribbon Candy

Ribbon Candy

Rosewitha

Rosewitha

Tiki Torch

Tiki Torch

Daylily Described

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Good day neighbors and friends. With all the rain we have had recently in Bismarck, North Dakota, all the lovely daylilies and miniature hosta I dug and divided this spring are thriving and waiting to come to YOUR garden! Continue reading

May 30th Daylilies & Hosta Galore

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Plant Overload – Sell, Sell, Sell

After 7 years, the jewels in my garden have grown to the extent that now is beyond the time to dig and divide them. So, my friends in Bismarck, North Dakota and surrounding regions, you are in for a treat on May 30, 2015 from 3-7 in the evening. Holland House Gardens on Avenue C, Bismarck will be having a sale of daylily and miniature hosta treasurers.

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A large part of the joy of gardening, to me, is the information and stories associated with every plant I invited into my garden.  Who produced it, where will it thrive, who would it like as it neighbor, and how long will it be before its growth cuts off it prime flowering potential?  Is it going to survive and thrive in my zone 3-4 region?  How will the color and pattern match or accent or illuminate the adjoining plants? Does it need lots of water, or just a trickle?

When I became enamored of the daylily world, I had no idea there were so many individuals and couples all over the US investing in their garden and farm soil, and producing unique, registered daylilies with the American Hemerocallis Society. It still stuns me that as of 3/09/2015, there are 79,352, registered daylilies. In the hosta world, which is almost as obsessed with creating new and unique plants as the daylily crowd, there are 5,384 registered hosta.

In the next few weeks I will begin adding photographs of the plants that will be dug and divided and available for sale on May 30, 2015 in Bismarck, North Dakota.  This will be an on site, one day sale only.

Border Music

Hemerocallis “Border Music”. Hybridized by Salter, 1995. 26″ high, 6″ bloom. Tetraploid.

Editing, a satisfying journey.

Editing, a satisfying journey.

I am a writer, and a gardener.  A Garden Writer.  Both activities require the skill and joy of editing. In the garden on a low, cooling August day, when one has been away physically and mentally from the rapidly growing plants (and weeds) for several weeks, taking a closer, more intimate look is overdue.

 

I love to nestle close to the flowers, sitting among them – seeing them up close and personal. The earthy aroma, buzz of bees, the awesome beauty of growing things is intoxicating and healing.  The easy task of eliminating the bottom row of worn and tattered daylily leaves, trimming the fallen and broken daisy stems, and cutting back the dried and dormant bleeding heart creates such satisfaction. Now you can see the plant structure and form where visual chaos once reigned. Thriving, strong elements shine in their late summer glory.

Editing is a satisfying journey with delightful results.  Spaces, pauses, ground, visual relief, harmony, cohesion, and flow are the norm, replacing chaos, crowding, a cacophony of colors. It is the same practice with words.

When you edit words, the sense of relief grows as the tempo slows. Fewer words, reduced chaos and easier reading result in the delicious sense of harmony as the words snuggle together, happy in their location and expression. When you stand back and look at the overall scene, the sense of relief and satisfaction is delightful. One has created from a jumble of thoughts a coherent stream, an edited, rewarding journey.

Incredible Iris

Artist Marian Hebard in her Tustin, California iris garden

Artist Marian Hebard in her Tustin, California iris garden

 

Bismarck Iris Garden 2013

Bismarck Iris Garden 2013

The most cheerful, colorful botanical jewels of early summer are the Iris. I follow my mothers lead with iris, she always had an incredible collection of these beauties where ever she lived, and I appreciate her introducing me to these lovely flowers. They are easy to grow, and they multiply rapidly so you can share with friends and neighbors. I highly recommend them to you.

Batik iris

Batik iris

In Living Color Iris
In Living Color Iris

No Egrets iris

No Egrets iris

Discovered Treasure Iris

Discovered Treasure Iris

 

 

Plein Air Painting Days in Bismarck, North Dakota

Marian Hebard artwork marian oil flowers 1 strong colorsPlein Air painters – Alert!  Join the Bismarck Art & Galleries Association and spend two gorgeous garden days during the summer of 2013 at the Digging Dakota Garden of Storybook Cottage, Bismarck, North Dakota home of Susan and Erik Holland.  You can register at BAGA by visiting their website www.bismarck-art.org or calling 701-223-5986. Or, if you are in the area, stop by the BAGA offices at 422 E. Front Avenue, Bismarck, North Dakota.

North Dakota spring garden

North Dakota spring garden

What is plein air, you ask.  Basically, it is painting outside.  Plain air. French for “open air”. Being in the real air, not in a studio, to capture “in the moment” the colorful beauty of nature around you.

A few Resources and References to explore

The Plein Air Painters of America – http://www.p-a-p-a.com/

A wonderful PBS show about the history of Plein Air Painting – The American Landscape. http://www.pbs.org/programs/plein-air/

http://www.askart.com/AskART/interest/Plein_Air_Painting_1.aspx?id=26&pg=style for more information on plein air painting from AskArt

Just search “plein air” and you will be delighted with all the results that arise.

These two days are dedicated to my mother, Marian Seymour Stevenson Hebard.  She was an excellent artist, and hosted Southern California artists many times in her extraordinary gardens in Tustin and Santa Ana, California.  What a wonderful inspiration she was, and continues to be,  to so many of us.

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Marian-showing-paintings

 

Glorious sunshine after rain

"Spring Symphony" Tiarella, daylily, mini heuchera, mini hosta

“Spring Symphony” Tiarella, daylily, mini heuchera, mini hosta

Oh, my spring garden is so lovely.  All the work we did in the past several years is really paying off.  The dry creek bed is settling in, and the tiny miniature plants I put in the new raised beds last year are showing up and growing apace.  This spring, in contrast to last years dreadful spring, has been perfect.  Cool, wet weather started the plants off slow and steady, and every once in a while we have those glorious days of 70 degree weather with sunshine that you remember with fondness and gratitude.

North Dakota spring garden

North Dakota spring garden

The 2012 rock garden and raised beds are luscious with lime green mini foam flowers  Heuchera “Sweet Tart” that are just beginning their season.

Rock garden bed featuring mini heuchera, mini daylilies and a sedum.

Rock garden bed featuring mini heuchera, mini daylilies and a sedum.

The next part of the raised bed glows with the golden lime of the “Gold Heart” bleeding heart. This makes a great backdrop for smaller plants. The bleeding heart can grow up to 3′ or so, and really prefer shade, but will tolerate some sun.  They are one of the first plants to appear in my garden in the spring. I keep them watered so they last into the heat of the summer, but eventually they will look sad and disappear into dormancy until next spring. The 2 panels of fence in the background are temporary (for shade) as we work with the neighbor to build a permanent shade fence here, and along the whole west side of our shared properties.

The hosta in the center of the front bed is a new one from Bill Meyers and Walters Gardens called “Wheee!”. With ruffled leaves and a white border, it is full of motion and fun. The flowers will be light lavender.  It is surrounded by mini dayliles, and one special ruffly plant called Sedum populifolium.  It is hardy to zone 2! It will grow 10″ tall and spread in the sun to about 18″.

Bleeding Heart "Gold Heart"

Bleeding Heart “Gold Heart”

As we move along the west part of the garden down the dry creek bed, we can see the lily bed. The lovely hosta to the left is Earth Angel, chosen hosta of the year in 2009. The smaller hosta to the right is a favorite called “June’, and there are pink rain lilies in the purple pot.  I put these bulbs n the basement in their dry pot in the fall, and bring them out every spring, and they never fail to delight.

Dry creek bed leading to the lily bed under the cottonwood tree

Dry creek bed leading to the lily bed under the cottonwood tree

Here you can see the martagon  and Asiatic lilies stretching high.

Martagon and asiatic lilies with miniature evergreens, daffodils, rain lilies in the purple pot

Martagon and asiatic lilies with miniature evergreens, daffodils, rain lilies in the purple pot

As we move around to the north-east corner of the garden, one of my favorite plants can be seen peeking out from two bleeding heart plants. This lovely variegated dogwood is called “Golden Shadows” Cornus alternifolia “Wstackman” and is a pagoda shaped shrub/small tree that will grow to 12′ high and a spread of 15′ within 30 years. I am hoping I have it in a shady enough site, nestled by two fences, in the shade of an aging cottonwood tree.Tim Wood, on his wonderful blog called Plant Hunter, explains how this Golden Shadows dogwood was discovered. http://plant-quest.blogspot.com/2006/07/golden-shadows-pagoda-dogwood.html

"Golden Shadows" dogwood

“Golden Shadows” dogwood

Well friends, that is enough for today.  Hope you enjoyed the spring garden tour, and we will see you again soon!  Susan

Miniature Heuchera – ‘Little Cuties’ to brighten your garden

I remain passionate about miniature plants.  I tuck them in many places in my garden, and use miniature heuchera to add color, texture and early spring flowers to my miniature hosta bed.  There is a new line of tiny heuchera (foam flowers) coming out in 2013 from one of my favorite hybridizers, Dan Heim’s of Terra Nova Nurseries, Oregon. Terra Nova is wholesale only, but do ask your neighborhood garden center to obtain these plants for you.

A new series called “Little Cuties”, features miniature heuchera in a rainbow of colors. They prefer mostly shade, but can tolerate some sun.They are everblooming –  in other words – they do not just bloom in the spring as most heuchera do, these little ones keep on sending up blooms most of the season! They are perfect for fairy, container or rock gardens, and most remarkably of all, they can work as house plants!

These new friends for our gardens are called ‘Peppermint’, ‘Coca’, ‘Frost’, ‘Ginger Snap’, ‘Sweet Tart’, and ‘Sugar Berry’.  I think someone was hungry when the created these little gems!  Lets have a look.

Photo(s) courtesy of Terra Nova® Nurseries, Inc.
www.terranovanurseries.com

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Heuchera Sweet Tart

Heuchera Sweet Tart

Sweet Tart has very unusual bicolored cerise and hot pink flowers against lime leaves. Stunning!

Heuchera Sugar Berry

Heuchera Sugar Berry

Sugar Berry is 6″ inches tall, and 9″ wide. It features berry-violet leaves with darker veins, and the flowers are soft pink.  Ohhh!

Heuchera Sugar Berry

Heuchera Sugar Berry

Look how the color of the leaves changes throughout the season, and how it is berry delicious against the green/white surrounding leaves.

Heuchera Sugar Berry

Heuchera Sugar Berry

Heuchera Peppermint

Heuchera Peppermint

Peppermint glows green, softened by a shadow of silver white. And this one has pink flowers. Oh joy.

Heuchera Peppermint

Heuchera Peppermint

Heuchera Ginger Snap

Heuchera Ginger Snap

Ginger Snap will provide a rosy gleam to lighten dark corners, and it turns tan later in the season, topped by pink flowers.

Heuchera Ginger Snap

Heuchera Ginger Snap

Heuchera Frost

Heuchera Frost

Frost merges from dark burgundy to violet, and features pink flowers.

Heuchera Frost

Heuchera Frost

I am sure these miniature heuchera will delight you in your garden.  Give them a chance in 2013.  Ask your local garden center to order them from Terra Nova Nursery (wholesale only). See you in the garden, where my Little Cuties will be greeting their first spring.