Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hardy Roses for Northern Vermont

We have always carried hardy roses, including Therese Bugnet and Champlain, two of my favorites. They have performed well year after year and have done fine with our -20 to -30 temps with no protection at all.

Champion Rose is from Canada’s ‘Explorer’ series of hardy roses developed in Ottawa. Its flowers are a nice dark red with double petals and they bloom in clusters. The plant stays fairly short at 3 - 4’.

Photo from Baileys Nursery

Therese Bugnet has double rosey pink flowers and a lovely fragrance. It’s a vigorous grower and would work well as a screen. Unfortunately Japanese Beatles have arrived and they do love this rose.

Photo from Baileys Nursery

Morden Sunrise is another hardy rose that produces an orange flower which fades to coral, yellow and cream. I haven't grown it here, but have good reports from Montpelier.

Photo from Baileys Nursery

Other hardy roses we carry are: William Baffin, Rambling Red, Rosa rugosa and Purple Pavement.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

NEW Daylilies Available this Spring

Most of the following daylilies have been around for a while, but I have not had enough to divide and sell until this year. We dig most of the the plants in the early fall, pot them up and overwinter them so that they are ready to go in the spring. (We offer 125 + varieities of daylilies).

'Trahlyta' is an unusual daylily that I once offered until I ran out of stock. It’s back ... with its 6” smokey lavender bloom. It's a fragrant eye-catcher and it's a late bloomer.

(Photo from Oakes Daylilies web site)

'Chris Salter' is an award winning daylily with 6 " medium lavender blooms. The ruffled yellow edging makes this one a stand-out.

(Photo from Ellie's Garden)

I have always love the appearance and performance 'Siloam' series of daylilies. They were "created" by Pauline Henry of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and they do great here in northern Vermont. Mrs.Henry registered 490 daylilies before she died in 2000 at the age of 92. 'Siloam Double Classic,' which we sell, won the most prestigious daylily award, the Stout Silver Medal, in 1993. We offer 15 different 'Siloam' cultivars.

'Siloam Plum Tree' is one of my favorites. It’s a real beauty with 4" deep purple blooms and a small yellow throat.

(Photo from Oakes Dayliles)

'Siloam Little Girl’ has a cute 3 and 3/4 inch round lacy pink bloom with some ruffling.


'Spiritual Corridor' has a fragrant 6 " orchid lavender bloom with a pale eye and cream ruffling around the edge.

Photo from Walters Gardens

It's interesting to look at images of daylilies on the internet. The bloom from one cultivar will look completely different in each image depending on the photographer and how much the picture was photo-edited. The best time to buy daylilies is when they are blooming. Around here that's from the middle of July to the end of August.