Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for July 19th, 2014

Mokan Butterfly

Mokan Butterfly (Lenington 1984)

I haven’t posted any daylilies since Monday. Lots more daylilies have bloomed since then! For the hemeroholics out there, here is another batch of pretty faces.

Old King Cole

Old King Cole (Moldovan 1995)

Trahlyta

Trahlyta (Childs 1982)

Blonde is Beautiful

Blonde is Beautiful (Harris Benz 1985)

Siloam Little Girl

Siloam Little Girl (Henry 1970)

Border Sentry (Whatley 1995)

Border Sentry (Whatley 1995)

South Seas

South Seas (Moldovan 1993)

Banned in Boston

Banned in Boston (Simpson 1994)

Alpha Centauri

Alpha Centauri (Hanson 1992)

Outrageous

Outrageous (Stevens 1978)

daylily10

Ruby Spider (Stamile 1991)

Wisest of Wizards

Wisest of Wizards (Salter 1994)

Karen's Curls

Karen’s Curls (Reinke 1997)

Blue Voodoo

Blue Voodoo (Rice 2005)

Ghost of Thunder Road

Ghost of Thunder Road (Hanson 2001)

Seminole Ruby

Seminole Ruby (Kirchhoff 1993)

Pandora's Box

Pandora’s Box (Talbott 1982)

Chance Encounter

Chance Encounter (Stamile 1994)

Scarlet Pansy

Scarlet Pansy (Stamile 1986)

Troubled sleep

Troubled Sleep (Hanson 1998)

Read Full Post »

verbascum3

Here’s Joe Crow, perched before a backdrop of Verbascum nigrum, or Black (or Dark) Mullein. Just coming into full bloom now, Black Mullein is one of my favorite garden plants. Its large basal leaves are dark green, with small hairs that give the leaves a soft, velvety feel. They start out quite large near the earth, and grow smaller as they march up the stalk until they give way to flowers. Each flower is tiny, about half an inch across, but there are plenty of them as they densely line the stem. The flowers features yellow petals and purple filaments tipped with orange anthers. The tallest plants are a statuesque 5 1/2 feet in height. Verbascum nigrum is a biennial, but self-seeds freely, so there is always a good display of flowers.

verbascum2

Charming as they are, none of those features are what really draw me to verbascum nigrum, however. That would be the bees. They absolutely adore this plant. First thing in the morning, the flowers are alive with bees, getting on with their day’s work. I always take time to stand and admire them for a few minutes. They pay me no heed. They’re far too busy.

Here’s a short clip of the morning visitation.

Read Full Post »