Another month has gone by already? These days, I automatically grab my seed-collecting basket instead of my cameras when I go outside, and it was only few days ago when I realized it was time to work on a new post. After a frenzy of photography over the weekend, I have just enough plants for this month’s Bloom Day post: a mix of old standards, some previous favorites making a reappearance, and some brand new (to me) additions for this growing season. Ready for the tour? Let’s start with the dark-spotted Leichtlin’s lily (Lilium leichtlinii), above with ‘Fine Wine’ weigela (Weigela florida ‘Bramwell’). It’s the first time the lilies have flowered in several years because the deer were getting to them first. They had about 2.5 days of bloom before getting chomped this year. I have finally accepted that I need to add netting around the entire garden this winter if I ever want to enjoy lilies and daylilies again. [Edit: I apologize in advance if the photos and/or captions below look wonky in your Edge or Chrome browser. I can’t seem to fix it now but will go back to the WordPress classic editor for future posts.]
Fortunately, the deer fencing I put up around my “seed farm” out back has been working. (I will add “so far,” so as not to invite cosmic retribution for tempting fate.) It’s not elegant, but it was inexpensive, as I was able to reuse the modular fencing system I’d had for the boys’ pastures.
Some unprotected plants that have so far escaped damage include…
Not bad, really, that so many pretty things have escaped being eaten. So far.
As for the plants inside the fenced area…well, I can’t say for sure whether they’d be deer candy or not, but I do not want to find out. I just enjoy seeing them thriving.
As far as the brand-new additions, here’s a sampling of some things I’m particularly happy with. May they set lots of seeds!
While it’s exciting to have so many new things flowering this year, it’s also time to think about sowing and growing for next year. I have so many perennial seedlings coming along that I ran out of room in my holding beds, and I had to scrounge around for any containers I could find. Do I really need 18 northern bayberry (Morella pensylvanica) or two dozen halberd-leaved rose mallow (Hibiscus laevis)? Probably not, but how could I possibly throw any away? I suspect I may end up putting most of these in the former pasture areas, which are transitioning to meadow.
In case you’re in the mood to get some biennials and/or perennials growing, I’ll mention that I am adding lots of new seeds to my Hayefield shop here. Right now is a particularly good time to sow seeds of hellebores (Helleborus), by the way: The fresh seeds will get their needed warm-and-moist period and be primed to sprout this fall or next spring.
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