Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last Blog post for 2013

I thought I'd post one last Blog for 2013 ... I tried to do at least 2 posts a month in 2013, but see that this is my 20th blog post, so I fell short of my goal.  It's very difficult to keep up with this blog during gardening season, but I'll try to make a point of it in 2014.

I spent the past week going through my daylily inventory, updating my price list for 2014, redoing my website (www.mysticmeadowsdaylily.com) and sorting through all the daylily photographs I took in 2013.

I have also been looking for 2014 calendars, and had looked at some that were created by daylily enthusiasts, but wasn't really taken with them.  My favorite daylily form is the Unusual Form daylily, then spiders, then other odd shapes, and last of all round bagel daylilies.  I do have plenty of round bagel daylilies that I like, but they aren't my favorite form.  So I decided to create my own calendar at CafePress.  I actually made 2 calendars, one completely of daylily pictures I took and one that has farm and pet pictures mixed in too.

So I'm sharing with you the flower pictures I considered and may have used in my calendars.  I don't have the calendars yet, so I don't remember exactly which ones I used.

These first 2 pictures are not daylilies, they are real lily's ... Lilium.  I get frustrated when people call daylilies lilies, because they aren't.  Daylilies are Hemerocallis and Lilies are Liliums.  Two completely different plant families.  So please, call daylilies what they are, daylilies.


And Daylilies:  I tried to find pictures that I found visually pleasing ... the flower and the background together were pleasing.

This first one is Tennessee Tan with a Hummingbird Moth. 

This is Blazing Lampsticks - I am really drawn to hot orange flowers.

Brooklyn Twist - I lost this daylily a couple of years ago and bought it again because I liked it so much.

Free Wheelin - this is a huge flower and always looks perfect.  It just won the AHS Award for 2013 Early Season Bloom.

For Algernon - one of my friend Linda Michaels daylilies ... it always looks good.

Do the Twist -  I really do love the way it twists!  And the pink looks great against the old grey barn wood.

Cowboy Scarf - this poor daylily has been moved numerous times in my garden.  This past year I moved it out front where it will hopefully do well in full sun. 

Garden Elf - this is a small 3.5 inch daylily, I just loved this close-up of the 2 flowers.

Jersey Spider - an oldie but goody ... and a wonderful color!

Joan Senior - my favorite white daylily.

Jocelyn's Oddity - see, I love some really strange shaped daylilies.  I used the pollen from this last summer and hope to make more odd shaped daylilies!

  Medicine Feather - just a lovely shape.

My own Mystic Flare - obviously a tall daylily, I love the blue sky in the background.

North Wind Dancer - it truly looks like it's dancing.  Just a perfect shape.

Starman's Quest among the hosta and Japanese grass ... the combination of plants and textures really caught my eye.

Raspberry Butterflies - one of the daylilies that I have used a lot in my hybridizing.

Patricia Snider Memorial - this daylily just performs so much better than I ever thought it would.  The color and form are just great.

Open Hearth - another oldie but goody ....

Tennessee Flycatcher - another great shape and love the annual poppies in the background.

Zoot Sims - another great orange daylily with a great shape.

Liquid Memory - another Linda Michaels daylily ... and another perfect form.
Hope you enjoyed my selected pictures.  I can't wait to see how the calendars turn out; one I take to work and the other will be in my bedroom.
Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable New Years Eve! See you all in 2014.


Saturday, December 21, 2013

It snowed and snowed and rained ....

Today is the Winter Solstice ... we've had more snow this past Autumn, then we had all last year!  And now that it's actually the Winter Solstice, the rains are washing away all that snow ... thank goodness for sump pumps!

My town seems to have been in the path of the lake affect snows for the past week and a half.  We had over 4 feet of snow in about a weeks time ... it just didn't stop snowing!

A sunset when it first started to snow ...

The snow was still manageable for the donkeys ....

Cosmo above and below:

Merlin, the baby (even at 10 years old!) ...

Sambina, the matriarch ....

I laughed when I saw this on my fencepost, one of my hunters hung it here when he went back into the woods to go hunting and then picked it up on his way back out.

The tree my friend Mary & I put lights on outside ...

Rocky and the cats sharing the couch ... Figaro (black cat) & Bailey snuggling at the other end.

These 2 boy cats are so cute, and are always snuggling!

Lily and Rocky as dog book ends ... they often lay this way, touching each other.

Bailey got an early Christmas present ... a comfy cat bed behind my computer ... he's currently laying there and snoring while I blog.

I guess 2 cats DO fit in there !  LOL!

A then the snows really came ... this snow out my kitchen door was over my knees.

I had to use a broom to sweep a path because my shovel was buried somewhere.

Someone asked how close my barn was to the house, as you can see it's not very far, thank goodness.  When it gets really cold & windy, I totally understand why farms in New England often had their barn next to their house attached by a breezeway.

Finally managed to get paths done around the house, out the doors and over to the garbage and wood pile.  Necessities!

Lily LOVES the snow ... she's rather be outside in the snow than inside.

The Hosta Hoop House all snug for the winter.

The barn cats entrance into the back of the barn ... I always help her out and walk a path to the cat door.  She mostly spends time in the front of the barn though.

My flock of Blue Jays is back ...

My neighbor Ron, snowblowing for me again ... I think I paid him more so far this year for snow removal than I paid him the entire winter last year!

Finally, the sun came out and it stopped snowing.

And started raining .... I lost all that snow in just over 24 hours.  The temperature today is in the high 40's and it's raining like crazy.  My front pasture is flooded, this hasn't happened in quite a few years.

This morning, just as it started raining, I took these pictures .....  the warm rain was falling on the cold snow and the fog started rising ..

The more rain, the more fog ...

My new Christmas lights.  I just love the blue and white combination.  I liked these so much I went back on EBay and bought 2 more, and they were half price!

A few of my Santa's ... I have tons ... and the donkey my friend Judy brought me back from Peru.

It looks like it might not be a white Christmas after all ... but we'll enjoy it anyway.

Merry Christmas to all of you and your families.  Be safe and enjoy your family & friends!