Daylily and Miniature Hosta Sale August 7 – Bismarck

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Hello again North Dakota residents, and everyone else!  We dug and divided one last time this season and found many lovely daylilies for you to take home to your garden.  Below are photos from previous blooms of these beauties blooming in my garden.  They are hardy to zone 4 and most likely zone 3. Northern hybridizers from Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota have produced most of the daylilies I grow in my garden, so you can be assured they are sturdy and can take our heat, abundant rain, lack of rain and ND winters.

H. Bodega Bay

BODEGA BAY – 28″ – 5.5 ” BLOOM Fragrant Tet, Pink Pearl polychrome with pronounced ruffled edge. Gorgeous

ALL AMERICAN CHIEF. 32" Bloom 9" Red with yellow star throat. A star in the garden

All American Chief. Red with yellow star throat. A star in the garden

Bubbly - Double Apricot self.

Bubbly – Double Apricot self.

Cheese Weasel. 17" with 3" bloom. Mini. Adorable yellow with maroon brown eye, gold throat.

Cheese Weasel. 17″ with 3″ bloom. Mini. Adorable yellow with maroon brown eye, gold throat.

GETTING AIRBORNE. Crispate Cascade. 56 " 10.5 bloom. Purple self green throat

GETTING AIRBORNE. Crispate Cascade. 56 ” 10.5 bloom. Purple self green throat

 King of the Ages Emmerich. One large, mature plant in huge pot. $ 20.00

King of the Ages Emmerich. One large, mature plant in huge pot. $ 20.00

Malachite Prism. 36" bloom 4.5Striking lavender with purple eye zone above large green eye

Malachite Prism. 36″ bloom 4.5Striking lavender with purple eye zone above large green eye

My Yoke is Easy. Emmerich. Lavender with dark lavender eye and pale yellow edge above yellow to green throat. Excellent form. Fragrant 38" with 5.5 bloom.

My Yoke is Easy. Emmerich. Lavender with dark lavender eye and pale yellow edge above yellow to green throat. Excellent form. Fragrant 38″ with 5.5 bloom.

Storm Shelter - Karol Emmerich.

Storm Shelter – Karol Emmerich.

This is just a small sampling of what is available.  Do come over Sunday, August 7 anytime between 3 and 7 pm. Susan and Erik Holland

Garden wonders – add these to your garden!

May 30 was an awesome Saturday afternoon.  We sold 200 potted daylilies that will bloom this season in many gardens around Bismarck / Mandan.  Thank you buyers who shopped and then enjoyed our garden. We will be providing a percentage of he profits to our local daylily club – Central North Dakota Daylily Society.  We loved seeing you smile and relax.

There are some potted daylilies left for those many of you who have told us you were not able to make it to the sale. These are from our garden, very hardy and healthy, and extremely well rooted. Here is the list and images.  We will be around Saturday afternoon, June 6 after 1:00 pm.  Drop by and see the selection.

    • Brown Witch (1)
    • Caribbean Whipped Cream (1)
    • Dreamlight (2)
    • Eenie Weenie
    • Happy Returns
    • Karen’s Curls (2)
    • Little Boy Bob (4)
    • Peas and Thank you (5)
    • Ribbon Candy (1)
    • Roswitha (1)
    • Stella’s Ruffled Fingers
    • Sunshine and Lollipops
    • Tiki Touch (8)
    • Wee Folk
    • little boy bob

      little boy bob

      Karen's Curls

      Karen’s Curls

      Eenie Weenie

      Eenie Weenie

      eenie weenie small yellow daylily

      eenie weenie small yellow daylily

      Dreamlight

      84″ L Light yellow self. DOR. Diploid. Historic.

      brown witch daylily

      brown witch daylily

       Caribbean Whipped Cream

      Caribbean Whipped Cream

      Happy Returns

      Happy Returns

Cute as can be – miniature Hosta win the day

Miniature hosta are not well known in the gardening world, especially here in Bismarck, North Dakota. I have grown these adorable plants for over 10 years. They are dependable, easy to care for, and are perfect for fairy or small planter gardens. Saturday, May 30, from 3-7 pm I will have a FEW  of two different miniature hosta available for sale – Blue Mouse Ears, and Cracker Crumbs. Here are some details.The other images are to show what you can do with these lovely plants.

Blue Mouse Ears Miniature Hosta

Blue Mouse Ears Mini Hosta

Blue Mouse Ears Mini Hosta. soft blue-green color with hints of gold at base. The leaves curl gently, are rounded in shape, and the tiny blossoms in a soft lavender. The leaves are thicker than most, and prove difficult, though not impossible, for slugs to take a nibble. This plants is about 7 years old, and the leaves only reach 6″ high. This little gem tolerates full to partial shade and is very hardy to zone 3.

cracker crumbs mini hosta

cracker crumbs mini hosta

blue mouse ears mini hosta

blue mouse ears mini hosta

Cat and Mouse Mini Hosta (2)

Cat and Mouse Mini Hosta

yellow vase with mini hosta

yellow vase with mini hosta

mini hosta

mini hosta. I grow my miniature hosta surrounded by gravel.  I find it makes it difficult for slugs to traverse, and it makes spring clean up very easy.

mini hosta in white pot

mini hosta in white pot

hosta bed

hosta bed. Notice all the different colors of hosta. Here the spring addition of new gravel covers the hoses.

Hosta Bed

Hosta Bed

Hosta Bed with companion plants

Hosta Bed with companion plants. This is very early in the season, and I have not covered the soaker hoses with fresh pea gravel yet. Companion plants such as lilies, sambucus (a lovely soft gray elderberry), heuchera and potted plants help highlight the little hosta.

Hosta Bed

Hosta Bed

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Larger Hosta

Larger Hosta

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

 

 

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.

February Fantasies – It’s Crispy Out There!

February is a great time, here in frozen, crispy North Dakota and elsewhere, to let your imagination run free as you contemplate your garden.  Reviewing photos of last years delights will help you evaluate which plants need to be moved, where you need more orange, sighting a big gap that needs filling, and then investigating possibilities in the numerous catalogs that are arriving daily.

Storybook Cottage snuggled in snow

Storybook Cottage snuggled in snow

It is so frozen out right now, it is hard to remember the lush green of summer.  When I back the car out of the garage, the tires are flat on one side, making mefeel like Mrs. Flintstone driving the car with carved stone wheels as I kerplumb,roll, kerplump, roll, kerplumb, roll down the tundra road with what appears to be terminally altered tires. As my fog breath inside the car subsides, I snuggle deeper into the goose down coat that reaches my calf, glad of the insulated hood where my head snuggles. As a native Californian, I still can not imagine that the plants can make it through this icy grip of dakota winters. But, together, we do survive, and remarkably, we thrive.

Remember the delightful sweet scent of alyssum toasting in the sun

Remember the delightful sweet scent of alyssum toasting in the sun

In 2013 the plants I want more of are Golden Carpet Juniper, lilies, heuchera and ferns.  I can divide some of the ones I already have, but will certainly check out what is new. And, I want more HEUCHERA, also known as foam flowers.

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

I am so excited about the new, small Heuchera from Terra Nova Nurseries, and share some information about them below.

Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.

Heuchera Apple Crisp

Heuchera Apple Crisp

Terra Nova Nursery is wholesale only, so you will not find these little lovelies that way.  Ask your favorite garden center to obtain them for you. This new “Crisp” Series features small scaled heuchera, hardy in zones 4-9.

Apple Crisp has lovely white flowers above a tight, mounded form, and because the Crisp series has a higher percentage of H. micrantha in its breeding, it is very hardy in the north. The edges of the leaves are wavy, creating a curled, tight edge.

Heuchera Apple Crisp in lower right with other Heuchera.

Heuchera Apple Crisp in lower right with other Heuchera.

Blackberry Crisp, below, changes from a deep burgundy spring color to deep purple then black as the season progresses. It features white flowers in the spring.

 

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My next post will be about more Heuchera – this time MINIATURES!

Daylily Auction Season!

The Central North Dakota Daylily Society (CNDDS) will be holding their annual daylily auction (for members only – $5.00 to join) at the Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library, 515 N. Fifth Street, Bismarck, ND 58501 on Thursday, June 7, at 6:30 pm.

H. Waterdale Waltz

H. Waterdale Waltz photo copyright Susan Holland

There will be over 80 extraordinary daylilies available with prices ranging from a few dollars up to $100.00. This is a very fun event. I can see quilting patterns, handcrafts inspiration, and gardening delights in every one of these beauties

H. Bonnie Breenie by gary schaben photo copyright Susan Holland

H. Bonnie Breenie by gary schaben photo copyright Susan Holland

We show projected images of the daylilies, and a sheet of details about each daylily is handed out to each person attending. On this guide, everyone can learn the daylily name, date of registration with the American Hemerocallis Society, the hybridizers name, and specific details about each item to be auctioned.

H. Tiki Torch Dottie Warrell 2003 photo copyright Susan Holland

H. Tiki Torch Dottie Warrell 2003 photo copyright Susan Holland

These details describe the scape height, the bloom size, when in the season this particular daylily blooms, and a brief description of the appearance and special features such as fragrance, or awards.

RUBY SPIDER photo by Karen Schock

RUBY SPIDER photo by Karen Schock

Truly Angelic photo copyright Susan Holland

Truly Angelic photo copyright Susan Holland

Here is a link to the Society blog for further information.  http://www.centralnddaylilysociety.com/calendar.html

If you are in the Bismarck, North Dakota area, please join us on Thursday evening for our annual daylily auction.  If you missed it, watch the website for announcement of 2013 dates and events.

A Strange and Wonderful Winter

This winter in North Dakota has so far, been wierd.  We have had no snow, other than a sprinkling here and there. Normally, by now the plants would be nested under a luscious thick eiderdown cover of several feet of dry, fluffy snow, impervious to the harsh blowing winds, freezing rain, and temperate 40 degree sunny days. I ventured out on a sunny day, and here are a few of my beauties, laboring to survive the odd climatic events swirling around them.  Their journey this winter will be a true test to their tenacity to survive in a changing world zone of 4 going on 5, with an occasional zone 3 thrown in to keep everthing slightly confused.

Dianthus

Dianthus

Crisp herbs

Crisp herbs

I am currently reading In a Gloucestershire Garden written in 1896 by Henry Nicholson Ellacombe (1821-1916). He was the Vicar of Bitton, and Honorary Canon of Bristol. A poem, apparently written by him, appears at the beginning of the book,

“An envious, sneaping frost, that bites the first born infants in the spring.”

This so aptly speaks to the early ND winter season of 2012.

Beauty still visible in a fading Heuchera

Beauty still visible in a fading Heuchera

Epimedium 'Bandit'

Epimedium 'Bandit'

As I watch my garden during this odd winter, it is comforting to know many others, in times gone by, have also watched their cherished gardens, and left their written record for us to enjoy.  I have found many glimpses into other lives by accessing the wonderful, free downloads so kindly placed for us on the http://www.archive.org and the direct link for the book I mentioned above is http://www.archive.org/details/ingloucestershir00ellarich . Exploring this free internet archive provides a careful searcher with delictable insights into other times and places. I particulary like the ‘text’ tab, and use it often during my research.

How is your garden surviving this odd winter?  And how are you coping with keeping your mind nimble and engaged?

“Picturesque” Gardening Style

Nestled in the charming Bismarck, North Dakota ‘Cathedral Hill Historic District’ neighborhood of Avenue C, hidden behind a delightful pink stucco 1935 storybook cottage, a new garden is emerging.

Our first view of the "dog run" back yard

Our first view of the "dog run" back yard

Storybook Cottage back garden before landscaping

Storybook Cottage back garden before landscaping

Spring brings lush grass,and massive vine growth on the chain link fence, home to a billion slugs. The contents of this garden traveled in May 2009 from a showcase garden in St Paul, MN to a newly dug garden in Williston, ND.  Due to promotion of Susan’s husband Erik, they moved to Bismarck within the year. The plants were dug up yet again and potted.

Perennial plants moved from St Paul, MN to Williston, to Bismarck ND

Perennial plants moved from St Paul, MN to Williston, to Bismarck ND

Such excitement as the beds are rototilled

Such excitement as the beds are rototilled

Drainage is always a consideration during planting bed development

Drainage is always a consideration during planting bed development

The huge cottonwood tree

The huge cottonwood tree

'Cottonwood Bed' in its first growing season

'Cottonwood Bed' in its first growing season

Welcome to "Digging Dakota Gardens"

Welcome to "Digging Dakota Gardens"

2011 was the first “blooming” of these treasured, well-traveled plants.This garden is full of whimsy, color, and five planting beds over flowing with a lifetime of gardening passion.  I selected the plants, and as a self-confessed “plant Nerd”, and a perennial plant collector specializing in all things miniature, the garden is slowly emerging to suit the storybook style of the 1935 house and garage. Plants range from miniature daylilies and Hosta to extremely tall daylilies.  A huge cottonwood swooshes over a densely packed bed of rare heirloom lilies, perennials and daylilies.  A new stone raised bed with miniature plants is emerging, to be edged by a creek bed pulling winter and spring moisture away from the house toward the lower garden beds, and the thirsty cottonwood tree. More to come about those beds, and the ‘Picturesque Style’.

Digging into Blogging

Digging Into Blogging

Welcome friends, to a new Blog – Digging Dakota. This blog is a cheerful, chatty insight into my observations of life in North Dakota, colored by my experiences living and gardening in Tustin, California; Amity, Oregon; Fort Clark, North Dakota; St. Paul, Minnesota; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Williamsburg, Virginia; London, England; Watford, England; Edinburgh, Scotland; Williston, and now Bismarck, North Dakota.

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I really am “Digging” Dakota, and am glad to return here after an absence of over 20 years. Not much has changed here over the decades, except for the monumental oil activity in the Williston Basin. Very dramatic indeed. More about that later.

I will be sharing my perspectives on current gardening activities world-wide, through my membership in the national Garden Writers Association which provides me and many other garden writers with access to the newest info, trends and successes of the green industry.  As a horticultural and architectural historian, I will also be featuring my insights of past gardening and landscaping trends, successes, and highlighting special characters who greatly influenced our gardening practices today.  I will do this through many avenues, including book reviews, interviews, and photography.

Overall, I plan to just have FUN, sharing with you my numerous years of  accumulated stories  and images, walking with you through the gardens of yesteryear and of tomorrow.  Thanks for joining me, and stay tuned!  Susan