Friday, June 12, 2020

DAYLILIES for 2020

Time to wake up the blog.  May swept in on the Covid horse and gardeners cleaned us out of annuals.  That and a computer crash stopped me from posting anywhere, but the rush has slowed and we have a nice selection of perennials, so I will start with the daylilies.


DAYLILIES  - Available in pots as of June 15, 2020

= Tetraploid, which means  they have twice as  many chromosomes.      E = Early,  M = Midseason, and  L = Late  

RED PURPLE SHADES

Bella Lugosi:  Rich deep purple 6” bloom.  Fragrant.  33”    M.
Challenger: VERY tall rusty red. 48” L. 
Chicago Apache: Intense scarlet red with ruffled edges.  30” ML. 
Cherry Cheeks:  Cherry Red/Rose 6” flower.  28” ML. 
Crimson Shadow:  Deep Crimson Red, 5” bloom, 25” tall. ML.  
Desert Flame: Bright orange-red 5 1/2” bloom. 36” M.
Grand Rouge:  Intense deep red. 6.75” blooms, 35” EM. 
Holly Dancer:  Deep red, Spider 7” boom, 34” M.
Lavender Blue Baby:  Lavender with darker eye, recurved 5.5” bloom.  28”  M. 
Lusty Leland: Deep red 6.5” bloom.  28” M.
Midnight Raider: Fragrant 6.5” purple bloom, yellow eye.   30” M. 
Persian Ruby:  Ruby Red.  7 3/4” bloom.  30” M.  
Red Razzmatazz:  Clear 5” fire-engine red  bloom.   32” ML.  
Red Ribbons:  8” Red spider.  42” M.
Ruby Spider:  Eye-catching  9”  ruby red bloom with golden yellow throat.  34” EM.
Siloam Red Ruby :  Rich ruby red 4” bloom, 18” scape. M.
Siloam Sambo:  Dark red 4” bloom, 24” EM.
Strutters Ball:  Large 6” purple blooms with small yellow eye.   22” ML. 


YELLOW   ORANGE SHADES

Autumn Daffodil: Light Yellow - Tall and Late - 30” L. 
Bitsy:  Dainty 2” lemon yellow flowers.  Long blooming.  30” E.
Bold Tiger:  Bold red 4.5” eye zone on orange.    28” 
Brocaded Gown:  6” ruffled yellow bloom.  26” EM. 
Blackthorne:  Creamy yellow, wine purple eye.  26”.  M.
Golden Chimes:  Gold Trumpet-like bloom,  46” E.   
Holiday Song:  Cheerful  pink/coral with red eye,   22” M. 
Hyperion:  Canary yellow, extremely fragrant 5” bloom.  This daylily has been in cultivation for more than 80 years.  40” M.   
Little Miss Manners:  Adorable (2”)  double yellow blooms with shots of red.  13” E.
Marked by Lydia:  8” pale yellow bloom with purple striping, spider.  29” E.  
Primal Scream:  Glimmering Orange, 8 “ bloom,  Stout Medal Award winner,    34” M. 
Nina Winegar: Golden yellow spider.  Heavy bloomer  narrow twisting pedal.  3’ M.
Siloam Betty Woods:  Gold 7” bloom, 26” M.
Stella de Oro:  Award winning 12” golden  yellow blooms throughout summer.  
Steve Trimmer:  5.5” Yellow w/ plum eyezone and edge.


(Near) WHITES  

Dust Bunny:  Double 4.5” Cream bloom.  24” E.
Gentle Shepherd: 5” Probably the whitest daylily, but delicate substance.  29”.  EM.   
Marque Moon:  5.25” Creamy white bloom, fragrant and ruffled.  24”  ML
Siloam Button Box:  Cream 4 1/2” bloom with maroon eyezone. M.
Snow Blizzard:  Cream pale yellow double.  Fragrant 7” bloom .  36”.  ML.  


PINK/ROSE SHADES

Baby Blues:  Pale lavender, pretty etched eye.  3” bloom.  20” M.
Barbara Mitchell:  Perfectly formed pink 6” bloom.  20” M.
Beautiful Edging: Ruffled pale pink edging on creamy light yellow pedals. 22” M. 
Dragons Eye:  4 “ pastel pink red eye zone.  24”. ML
Dublin Elaine:  Light double pink, 5.5” blooms.  36” E. 
Lilting Lavender:  Unusual curling pink 8” bloom, 30” ML.
Orchid Corsage: Huge (7.5”) pink lavender blooms with a yellow star center.  40” ML.   
Patrician Splendor:  Cream pink 6” blooms.  Fragrant.     26” M
Raspberry Splash:  Light peach 5.5” bloom w/ large dark raspberry eye.  20” M. 
Siloam Jerome Pillow:  Orchid Bi-tone 2.5” bloom.  18” ML. 
Siloam Little Fairy:  Tiny (3.25”) creamy pink bloom with rose eyezone.  23” M.
Siloam Merle Kent:  Bright orchid pink with dark wine eye, 4” bloom.   24” M.
Strawberry Candy:  Pink 4 1/2” blooms with deep rose red eyezone.  Award winner.   26” EM.
Stella Ruffled Fingers:  Pale pink reblooming flower - 3.5”  19” tall. E - L. 
Susan Weber:  Light Pink w/ darker rose edge.  5.75” bloom, 26” tall. L.
Victorian Lace:  Ruffled light pink, fragrant.  7” bloom ,  30” M.
You Win:  Light pink 6” bloom.  26” M.
  

Saturday, September 7, 2019

End of Summer Blooms

We are not growing mums this year and this has been a cool September so far.  I wanted to share some of the plants that are blooming now, although we don't have any of them left for sale.  We will next spring!  I grow 'Britt Marie Crawford' ligularia in full sun.  Most ligularias require shade, but the sun brings out the maroon color on the foliage and it rarely droops from the heat.

'Britt Marie Crawford' Ligularia

Another plant I grow first and foremost for its foliage is 'Black Negligee' cimifugia.  It's not the fastest grower, but it's easy to grow (again in full sun) and doesn't seem to have any pests.

'Black Negligee' Cimicifugia

'Asahi' heliopsis (false sunflower) looks more like a dahlia.  It is long lasting on the plant and in bouquets.  It does not self-seed like  heliopsis 'summer sun'.

'Asahi' Heliopsis


Most of the daylilies have gone by, but 'Lilting Lavender' still has lots of buds.

'Lilting Lavender' Daylily

All the sedums are blooming or are right on the edge.  This nice variegated variety is 'summer charm.'

'Summer Charm' Sedum

I grow sanguisorba Canidiensis (Canadian burnet) just as much for its pretty foliage as for its late white blooms, although I am always grateful to have it around for bouquets this time of year.  The Japanese beetles like this plant as well and it can be a spreader, but I have found a little digging in the spring tames it.


Sanguisorba Canidiensis


Helenium is known as "Helen's Flower" or unfortunately is sometimes called "sneezeweed."  This is because they used to dry the pedals and turn them into snuff...  sniff them in ... and sneeze!  I have a few compact varieties left for sale. 

Helenium

This group of Eupatorium, or Joe Pye Weed, had loads of butterflies flying around it, but I couldn't get one to pose for me.  I use this flower a lot in late summer bouquets, picking it just as it is opening.  'Gateway' is the variety I carry, as the species is really tall and a little overwhelming.

Eupatorium

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen' is a tall (5-6 feet) clumping plant covered with soft, lemon-yellow flowers.  It's nice for the back of the border.
Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

There are two annual flowers blooming right now that are of particular interest to visitors.  I sell them both green in the spring.  Lavatera trimestris (rose mallow) is 2 - 3 feet tall and very prolific.  The blooms are excellent in bouquets.  It comes in white as well, but I have had the best luck with the pink variety (often also called 'silver cup.')


Lavatera Trimestris

The other annual that folks really like is 'Prairie Sun' rudbeckia.  It is listed in many places as a perennial, but that has not been the case for me.  The blooms are large, 4 - 6 inches,  and like almost all of the nice rudbeckias, I treat this one (and sell this one) as an annual.



'Prairie Sun' Rudbeckia


The summer phlox are still providing color in gardens and 'Clara Curtis' is a pink mum that is a true perennial and is blooming away.  It has been a good season here and I have none of these plants for sale at the moment, but the perennials are in the ground growing and will be available next spring.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Photos of My Place

I thought I'd share photos of my place for online friends who don't have a chance to come by.



We have four substantial gardens near the house for growing on perennials, and one up the road, also on my property.

Below is the "manure garden" - so called because 50 years ago it was where the dairy farmer piled his manure.  The first shot is taken from the driveway with the road in the background, and the second shot is from the road looking up.








And below is my humble home....






The following  is one view of "The road garden."


and another




Then we have the "house garden"




And here is the walkway up to the greenhouses.  I have many display gardens, including a lovely shade garden behind the largest greenhouse, which I forgot to photograph!




My own little garden for bouquets and meals.



The area set aside to sell daylilies...



This is a view from one of the greenhouses looking down to the road and other gardens.




And HERE is one of many plantings to be dug and potted next year.


Thank you for letting me share.












Vermont Daylilies - All $7.99

I will put here my most recent inventory of daylilies that are potted up and ready for sale.  I keep them by the barn, while my other perennials are by the greenhouse.





They come in all shapes and colors - red, white and trying to be blue, but not quite making it.  Short, tall, doubles, spiders - we try to offer them all and stick with the same price, $7.99 each.

This is Joanna Lloyd, a gal who comes in twice a week on mornings to help us weed for a few hours.


We have four garden areas where we grow daylilies.  Below is "the road garden".





And here is a list of varieties -

DAYLILIES  - 2019 - Available as of July 30.

= Tetraploid, which means  they have twice as  many chromosomes.      E = Early,  M = Midseason, and  L = Late  


RED PURPLE SHADES


Bill Fall:  Vibrant red 6” bloom. 25” M.
Bella Lugosi:  Rich deep purple 6” bloom.  Fragrant.  33”    M.
Challenger: VERY tall rusty red. 48” L.
Charles Johnson:  Bright cherry red blooms.  24” EM.
Chicago Apache: Intense scarlet red with ruffled edges.  30” ML.
Cape Cod:  Ruffled burgundy 4.5” blooms, 34” EM.
Cherry Cheeks:  Cherry Red/Rose 6” flower.  28” ML.
Cranberry Cove:  Rich cranberry red with a tiny green throat, 4.5” blooms, 28” tall. EM. 
Crimson Shadow:  Deep Crimson Red, 5” bloom, 25” tall. ML. 
Grand Guru:  Deep 5.5” Burgundy red blooms, 29” tall. EM. 
Lavender Blue Baby:  Lavender with darker eye, recurved 5.5” bloom.  28”  M.
Malaysian Monarch:  Purple 6” bloom w/ cream eyezone and yellow throat.
Midnight Raider: Fragrant 6.5” purple bloom, yellow eye.   30” M.
Moonlit Masquerade:  Ivory Cream 8” bloom, dark purple eye.  26” E.  
Persian Ruby:  Ruby Red.  7 3/4” bloom.  30” M.    

PINK/ROSE SHADES

Baby Blues:  Pale lavender, pretty etched eye.  3” bloom.  20” M.
Barbara Mitchell:  Perfectly formed pink 6” bloom.  20” M.
Beautiful Edging: Ruffled pale pink edging on creamy light yellow pedals. 22” M. 
Dragons Eye:  4 “ pastel pink red eye zone.  24”. ML
Dublin Elaine:  Light double pink, 5.5” blooms.  36” E.
Jolene Nicole:  6” deep rose pink bloom.  18”. 
Orchid Corsage: Huge (7.5”) pink lavender blooms with a yellow star center.  40” ML.   
Rose Corsage:  Double pink 5” bloom w/ rose throat.  M. 
Siloam David Kirchoff: Pretty 3.5” orchid-peach flowers with a pencil thin, purple eye zone and purple watermark around a green throat.  16” M.  
Siloam Jerome Pillow:  Orchid Bi-tone 2.5” bloom.  18” ML.
Scatterbrain:  Light peach pink 6” double blooms. 32” M.
Strawberry Candy:  Pink 4 1/2” blooms with deep rose red eyezone.  Award winner.   26” EM.
Stella Ruffled Pink:  Pale pink remblooming flower - 3.5” 19” tall. E - L.
Wineberry Candy:  Orchid pink 4.5” blooms, 22”  EM.
  


YELLOW   ORANGE SHADES

Autumn Daffodil: Light Yellow - Tall and Late - 30” L.
All Fired Up:  Orange red eye zone - award winner.  6”bloom 30” EM.
Bitsy:  Dainty 2” lemon yellow flowers.  Long blooming.  30” E.
Bold Tiger:  Bold red 4.5” eye zone on orange.    28” 
Brocaded Gown:  6” ruffled yellow bloom.  26” EM.
Buttered Popcorn:  Loads of 6” butter yellow fragrant flowers.  32”  M. 
Blackthorne:  Creamy yellow, wine purple eye.  26”.  M. 
Ferengi Gold:  Ruffled 5.5” blooms - multiple award winner. 19” EM.
Going Bananas:  Blooms heavily during summer.  Lemon Yellow 4” blooms. 19” M - L.
Hyperion:  Canary yellow, extremely fragrant 5” bloom.  This daylily has been in cultivation for more than 80 years.  40” M.
Happy Returns:  Repeat blooming light yellow 3 1/4” blooms all summer, 22” M.  
Holiday Delight: 6 1/4” blooms, maroon eye over brilliant orange petals.  28” M.    
Mary’s Gold:  6 1/2” standout bright gold blooms.  Award Winner.  34”, M.
Marked by Lydia:  8” pale yellow bloom with purple striping, spider.  29” E. 
Monterey Jack:  Cream 5.5” yellow with red eye zone. 24”  E. 
Nina Winegar: Golden yellow spider.  Heavy bloomer  narrow twisting pedal.  3’ M.
Siloam Doodlebug:  2.25”  blooms. Ligt lemon, purple eyezone.  18”. EM.
South Seas:  6” coral tangerine bloom.  30” M.
Stella de Oro:  Award winning 12” golden  yellow blooms throughout summer.  
Steve Trimmer:  5.5” Yellow w/ plum eyezone and edge. M
Tetrina’s Daughter:  Light yellow 5” blooms.  45”.  ML. 
Yuma:  6”  “thorny” edge yellow blend bloom.  25” MK.  



(Near) WHITES  

Dust Bunny:  Double 4.5” Cream bloom.  24” E.
Gentle Shepherd: 5” Probably the whitest daylily, but delicate substance.  29”.  EM.  
Joan Senior:  6” near white curved bloom, 25” EM.  
Siloam Button Box:  Cream 4 1/2” bloom with maroon eyezone. M.
Snow Blizzard:  Cream pale yellow double.  Fragrant 7” bloom .  36”.  ML. 
Siloam Ralph Henry:  A pale blush 5 1/2” bloom. 18” M.
Wedding Band:  Award winning fragrant white w/ yellow edge. 5.5” 26” M.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

White Daylilies

This morning as I was going over the garden inventories, I noticed I am growing eight different "white" daylilies. 

This first photograph shows 'Ice Carnival in the foreground with a row of 'Joan Senior' behind it.  'Ice Carnival' has been around since 1967 and I decided to put it in the "sale area" (daylilies $5 each - buy five or more - $4 each).  It is fragrant, but  'Joan Senior' is a better, whiter white.




JOAN SENIOR

Probably the whitest of all the whites is 'Gentle Shepherd,' But it doesn't have much substance - meaning thinner pedals and generally a weaker bloom.

GENTLE SHEPHERD

'Glacier Bay' is described as being a "cream white."  For me, it doesn't qualify as a 'white,' but it is pretty :-)

GLACIER BAY


'Sunday Gloves' is often called a "near white."  It has a nice fragrance.

SUNDAY GLOVES

I remember when 'Nanuq' was introduced by White Flower Farm with much enthusiasm.  It's a nice enough, small white daylily, but it has been superseded by more recent introductions.


NANUQ

My personal favorite is not strictly all white, but it does stand out as a white in a bed of colors - 'Marque Moon.'  (Sorry sold out already, but more are growing for next year.)


MARQUE MOON

Another daylily with a name that would make you anticipate a white bloom is "Snow Blizzard."  It's a lovely double, but more of a cream color.



ALL daylilies - $7.99 each.  We are closed Monday.  Open every other day 9 am - 5 pm.  No mail order :-(   802-426-3783  www.amandasgreenhouse.com





Monday, July 22, 2019

VERMONT DAYLILIES




We had a long, wet spring, and while we were complaining, the perennials loved it.  Now the daylilies have started to bloom and they are like fire crackers this year.  I had to go out in the rain this afternoon and show a few of the new blooms to open.  All daylilies in gallon containers - $7.99.


MONTEREY JACK

MARKED BY LYDIA

PAT GARRITY

PATRICIAN SPLENDOR

MIDNIGHT RAIDER

MOSES FIRE 

BARBARA MITCHELL

NINA WINEGAR

We are closed Monday - Otherwise open every day from 9 am - 5 pm.  426-3783  Amanda@amandasgreenhouse.com

Thursday, July 18, 2019

New Vermont Perennials - SALE


(Sorry, no mail order...) Closed Mondays.  Open every other day - 9 am - 5 pm.  www.amandasgreenhouse.com


I am rebooting my blog to plug my sale of perennials in 4.5 inch pots - three for $10.  These are all new perennials for me and I am planting them now with plans to dig and sell next year for $8.99 each.  I have more than I need for next year, so I can offer surplus plants now at the sale price,  mix and match as you wish.

SILVER STAR DIANTHUS


First there is “Silver Star” dianthus.  My other dianthuses (dianthi ?) overwinter fine here.  I can’t guarantee this one until next spring when we see how the field-grown plants survived.  It has a fragrant double white bloom with a cherry red eye and is deer and drought resistant.



BLUE MARVEL SALVIA

Another new perennial I am trialing  is “Blue Marvel” salvia.  It is a dwarf salvia with large, plump 12-inch high violet blue flowers.  It attracts pollinators and is deer resistant.



        
RUNNING WITH SCISSORS PHLOX   


                                                      
                                               MCDANIEL's CUSHION  PHLOX

I have two new creeping phlox - Running with Scissors” and “McDaniel’s Cushion.”    “Running with Scissors” is a violet pink and it has that name because the split pedals resemble childrens’ training scissors.  It is fragrant and deer resistant.  "McDaniel’s Cushion" has a bright rose pink bloom and the foliage is more pointy than Scissors.


GRAND PARADE MONARDA

"Grand Parade" Bee Balm is a compact cultivar (12 - 18”) and White Flower Farm describes it as “exceptionally hardy and mildew resistant.”  It has lavender/purple blooms.


MONCH ASTER

“Monch” Aster blooms earlier than fall asters with lavender blue flowers. It grows 2 - 3 feet.

Among the other perennials in the sale are:

Lacy Blue Russian Sage
Echinacea (cone flower) Magnus
Sedum kamtschaticum 
Phlox paniculata - Laura
Phlox paniculata - David
Sedum - Autumn Joy
Anemone Pulsatilla
Baptesia
and Sidalcea - Party Girl