Thursday, April 29, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Our garden is in USDA hardiness zone 4, meaning winter temperatures can reach minus 20°F to minus 30°F. We haven’t had extremely low temperatures in recent years, but in 2009-2010, we did reach minus 22°F. Luckily, we had snow cover.
Believe it or not, snow cover is unreliable during many Minnesota winters. I dread open winters. Many perennials and hardwoods—even native varieties—experience damage with frigid temperatures and no snow. I look forward to a great gardening season in 2010 because of the favorable winter conditions we had.
In springtime, I truly appreciate the lovely foliage of dormant daylilies. When the new shoots of dormant daylilies emerge from the earth, they look fresh and bright. The foliage speaks to me of renewal and reawakening—a beautiful new beginning. It's what spring is all about. This photo of a dormant seedling was taken 4/24/08.
The next photo (from Sunday, 4/18/10) is of a clump of the evergreen daylily 'Tooth' (Hansen-D. 2000). This southern-bred evergreen is hardy and vigorous here. Already, it has almost grown out of the early spring tatters.
I can’t help but feel a little anxious about an evergreen’s actual survival when I first see its sad-looking foliage. I’ve had some tender varieties that would start to grow in the spring, only to turn to complete mush a couple weeks later and be gone for good.
I suspect the crowns were too damaged by winter to be able to withstand insects and pathogens that become active as soil warms in the spring. By now, most of those tender weaklings have eliminated themselves from Loon Song Gardens. I try to avoid daylilies that need pampering here, especially for hybridizing.
Welcome, new visitors! I appreciate your comments—thanks for your interest.
P.S. A third type of foliage used in daylily registrations is semi-evergreen. The next photo (from 04/24/08) shows a daylily that is registered as a semi-evergreen, considered intermediate between dormant and evergreen.
If you are reading this and are new to daylilies, you might want to see the page on my website about foliage: More About Daylilies - Foliage
Friday, April 16, 2010
For those who have not yet visited, we are a state licensed and inspected home-based nursery located just 30 minutes northwest of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tall Scots pine trees surround our 4 1/2 acres, and we have filled just about every sunny spot with display beds of daylilies, conifers, ornamental grasses, and a variety of shrubs.
Spring is sending us into our gardens early this year, and it's grand! Sunny skies and cool breezes invigorate after weeks of working indoors. We are already hearing the loons from nearby Elm Creek Park Reserve. We could not believe our ears the first time we heard their calls, and it is always a thrill to know they have returned each spring. We enjoy a fox family each year, too, and I spotted one trotting across the yard in the early morning last week. Soon a new litter of fox kits will be romping through the garden.
Other beautiful signs of spring: the big white flowers of the 'Royal Star' magnolia are open, the buds on the eastern redbud look rosy, and delicate flowers cover our young serviceberry. Oh--and bird song! It is all simply gorgeous right now.
The daylilies seem eager as well. Their foliage is beautiful in the spring, especially the dormant varieties. Pristine, fresh green shoots proclaim the excitement has begun. I expect to see scapes any day now on some. With such an early start, bloom season should be spectacular.
I recently finished updating our website. Please take a look! I especially hope you enjoy the new photo gallery. Let me know if you have any questions or run across something that needs fixing. I really do appreciate your comments.
We look forward to a great season and hope yours is wonderful, too.