Monday, July 21, 2014

Daylily heaven

Sabine's daylilies

If you have visited my blog before you will be used to all sorts of strange plants--usually rather small ones--with even stranger stories. This posting will be something of a contrast--you will find precious few Latin or Cultivar names (at least the first part anyway). That's not what this post is about. What it's about is a remarkable gardener, Sabine Baur and her amazing garden. Which means it is about daylilies too!

Sabine Baur
I have a picture of Sabine's namesake (a spectacular ruffled, dark eyed beauty which you can look up online) which I would have liked to add here--but can't put my hands on my picture of it. But you will have to settle for the lovely lady herself--and a few glimpses of her garden around July 12 when the daylilies were in peak form: one usually doesn't consider a large field of hybrid daylilies used for breeding and sales as a garden--but when they're in bloom like this it isn't just a garden but a dazzling vista. My point and shoot camera doesn't really do them justice. But I wanted to share a few shots of a wonderful day and visit.

I am appending a few pictures of individual daylilies with names--but these few shots are just for the spectacle of it. And it was one, believe me! Sit back and enjoy like I did...

The name of this one is a mystery.Life is a mystery after all!

I love this semi-double singleton in front of a sea of pastels!

The variety never ends...


And even more...

And a grand view of the Baur should see the view looking out from within.

There are a few interlopers, like the giant roses in the middle (which make for a pleasant counterpoint..)

I love the drama of a bright color contrasted with a softer vista of color. I know you want names...they're coming!

I should have looked around for the name of this one!

Isn't this a stunner?

Another svelte closeup.

And even a few true lilies around the margins of Sabine's garden--for the heck of it.

Scrophularia macrantha
She must have the healthiest clumps of Red Birds in a Tree I've ever seen!

A closer view of these....

Some great containers and spreads of ice plants too--not ONLY Hemerocallis...

And a very handsome specimen of variegated Box Elder (Acer negundo 'Variegatum')

After showing so many unnamed cultivars, I found a few named ones in my files form Denver Botanic Gardens taken last year--I realize it's a feeble effort--but at least I've salvaged a shred of my reputation by including a few hard data!

Hemerocallis 'Absolute Treasure' Stamile

Hemerocallis 'Canyon Lullaby'

Hemerocallis 'Chicago Picotee Promise'

Hemerocallis 'Merle Kent'

Hemerocallis 'Monument Magic'

Hemerocallis 'Real Purple Star'

Hemerocallis 'Hyperion' and Phlox paniculata cv.
I have not been a huge fan of Hemerocallis in the past. Living a short ways from Sabine is changing that. Although I confess, I only have a handful in my poor, dry garden (by comparison...)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wyoming/Irish Garden revisited

Arriving at the Sullivans!
 I have been enormously privileged to have befriended the former Governor of Wyoming (Mike Sullivan) and his extraordinary First Lady (Jane) over the years. A few weeks ago they hosted nine of us from the Denver area at their lovely home in Casper, which I have featured before on Prairie Break (by FAR my most popular post, by the way--14,800 page views in case you were interested!). The Sullivans have a heck of a lot of good friends. I hope some of them come back to compare that post taken in September with their garden at its late spring height!

Acer tataricum HotwingsTM
 What a treat to see such a lovely specimen of our champion Plant Select maple outside their front door! Jane and Mike are up on the very best plants.

Wonderful containers everywhere...

Governor Mike along the creative pathway with Tamara Winters of Boulder
 The brick pathway includes some granite pieces discarded from the state Capitol--and very appropriately embedded here!

Did I mention containers everywhere?

And more containers? Aren't these fun with the ceramic spheres?
I really like the combo of spheres and the wonderful red of petunias here..

I love the pergola, draped with vines...

MORE containers, and elegant borders...

Clematis cv. everywhere!
 I should have counted the clematis--there are no end of them in this garden!

Another view of pergola--with Coyote fence roof
And yes, more Clematis!

Sweet peas in bondage! And still fresh in hot Wyoming summer (nights are cool)

Isn't THIS a lovely combo?

You can almost smell the rose...

Golden leaved feverfew

Yes folks--we are in Wyoming!

Hylotelephium in a pot...

And a superabundance of roses...

And more clematis

Sorbaria sorbifolia
I am always amazed that this midsummer wonder--that is so tough and adaptable--is so rarely seen in gardens. But here it is at the Sullivans'!

And yet more clematis

Heliopsis coming on...

There is something incongruous about Fuchsia in central Wyoming--but there you are!

And MORE clematis

Another view

My favorite Governor ever and his incomparable First Lady!

Table decoration...

What a party!

Finishing up with this view of some garden art--the Sullivans RULE!

Wyoming is fortunate to have had the service of the Sullivans for many years, and our country was served nobly when they were Ambassadors to Ireland during the Clinton Administration. One of my favorite things about Colorado is having Wyoming nearby--and the Sullivans at its very heart.