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.
BODEGA BAY – 28″ – 5.5 ” BLOOM Fragrant Tet, Pink Pearl polychrome with pronounced ruffled edge. Gorgeous
All American Chief. Red with yellow star throat. A star in the garden
Bubbly – Double Apricot self.
Cheese Weasel. 17″ with 3″ bloom. Mini. Adorable yellow with maroon brown eye, gold throat.
Tranquil Storybook Cottage, Bismarck, North Dakota – before the storm
Here in calm Bismarck, North Dakota, the heavens opened up last Friday evening with a loud roar and snarl, sending thousands of mature trees into spasms, their limbs flying to an fro. The clouds, noise, disturbance and resulting damage has been ranked as one of Bismarck’s most devastating storms ever. Ten thousand homes were without power, and our phone and internet connection was not restored until last night. Thankfully, our home and garden only suffered what could be categorized as “minor” damage in relation to much of the serious damage caused by huge trees falling onto homes.
The heavy wooden rocker was tossed into the flower bed, and a heavy cast iron table rests on its side, sent aloft by the fierce winds.
The streets are lined with chunks of trees, and an astonishing water line marks it path on the roadway.
This was the scene right between the house and garage. It has all been dragged to the curb.
I checked in secret hiding places, and our tiny moss forest friends shared this terrible night with us. Their chairs, tables, and bird baths are strewn about with the winds careless abandon.
Looking further, I found another little homestead also looking a bit disheveled.
With a little tending, the world is looking upright and stable once again.
Our little friends can once again sleep peacefully in wee beds, as the sunshine of summer returns.
Wishes for a speedy recovery from the storm for those of you who have suffered storm damage in North Dakota. We, and the little sprites, are holding you in the light.
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. 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
blue mouse ears mini hosta
Cat and Mouse Mini Hosta
yellow vase with 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
hosta bed. Notice all the different colors of hosta. Here the spring addition of new gravel covers the hoses.
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.
Here is the (almost) final list of daylilies that will be available for purchase this Saturday, May 30. Further details on size, special characteristics, and color will be posted before Saturday at 3.00. There are only a handful of each daylily, so do not delay! See earlier postings for images and further details.
A Green Desire
Brookwood Red Royal
Caribbean Whipped Cream
Emilies Red Leather
Glowing Gypsy Jewel
Little Boy Bob
Ode to Faith
Peas and Thank you
Stella’s ruffled fingers
Sunshine and Lollipops
Two to Tango