gorgeous in the garden

Last Thursday, we had a beautiful day. Started around 70 degrees and didn’t rise above 82. I went out in the morning to get some garden pictures. Had a great time, enjoying the weather and the garden.

Hosta ‘Squash Casserole’ under the Japanese maple.

Hosta 'Squash Casserole'

This hosta, ‘Ventricosa,’ came from my paternal grandmother’s garden. Family members, if you’d like a start, let me know. We’re happy to share. I also have some of Grandma’s lily of the valley that grew under the shrubs along the porch, and some of the surprise lilies she had planted along the veggie garden. If you’d like a start of any of those, just say so. We’ll dig some for you.

Hosta 'Ventricosa'

Saw some little garden critters out there. Not sure what this one was…I snapped it accidentally while taking a picture of the catnip.

catnip and some kind of bug

The wood bees love the catnip, too.

bee and catnip

This little Cabbage White butterfly was more interested in the ‘Six Hills Giant’ catnip. Though, I’m wondering if this catnip was mislabeled by the nursery…it isn’t a very tall plant.

Cabbage White butterfly

Found a little Spotted Lady Beetle on the daylily ‘American Revolution.’

Spotted Lady Beetle

Queen of the Prairie ‘Rubra’ is blooming. It took a few years to become established, but has made a nice patch by the garage door.

Queen of the Prairie

This gooseneck loosestrife is a great bouquet flower. It adds an interesting form, but also remains fresh looking for at least two weeks.

gooseneck loosestrife

The “ditch lilies” (actually growing in the ditch) are drawing close to the end of their bloom time.

ditch lilies

We have raspberries!

red red raspberries

Hosta ‘Northern Exposure’

Hosta 'Northern Exposure'

Daylilies ‘Big Smile’

Daylily 'Big Smile'

The last of the Asiatic lilies were blooming. I need to add more of these to the garden, to extend their bloom time and to fill the bloom space between the peonies/irises and the daylilies.

last of the Asiatic lilies

I love the blue airiness of the Russian Sage.

Russian Sage

The daylilies are at peak bloom. If you’re local, come on over and walk around the garden. We love to share it.


front yard

summer garden

Love the daylily season!

Check out Bloomin’ Tuesdays at Jean’s blog to see more gardens and lovely flowers.



  1. Posted June 27, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Your garden is beautiful. I love all the lilies blooming.

  2. Posted June 28, 2011 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    Queen of the Prairie ‘Rubra’ has a nice flower.

    What a great selection of daylilies you have. My daylilies are just beginning to bloom. In fact the ditch lilies are about a week from blooming.

    I really like the quilted look of Hosta ‘Northern Exposure’.

  3. Posted June 28, 2011 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    Your garden is really pretty! Wish I lived close enough to see it in person. Love your lilies and daylilies.
    Blessings, Beth

  4. Posted June 28, 2011 at 8:53 am | Permalink

    My daylilies are just coming out too. What a gorgeous garden!

  5. Posted June 28, 2011 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    You have some beautiful blooms this week. I love the Gooseneck Loosestrife & Queen of the Prairie especially. 🙂

  6. Posted June 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

    I knew your daylilies would be blooming beautifully, as always. Love the critter shots! Jean

  7. Posted June 28, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    I so enjoyed the stroll around your garden today. Loved the Daylilies and Sage and your bee, butterfly and beetle shots! Just marvellous.

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