. . . and in the weather. The coming week looks like we will see significantly warmer temperatures, with a high of 49 degrees F. forecast for tomorrow. That means melting snow may let my snowdrops make an appearance in time for March GBBD at the end of the week.
Mark took advantage of the sun and rising temps on Friday and Saturday afternoons and pruned our big apple trees. All that remains are the bits that hang over our fence into the neighbor's yard. He'll do those once the snow melts and we reconnect with the neighbors. In winter we mostly wave while clearing our long driveways of snow.
While he was working, I played. I went on a road trip with two other gardeners to a talk by Kaen Watson Newlin on applying art lessons and concepts in the garden. Newlin is a retired art teacher, practicing artist and masterful gardener. Her signature plant is the daylily and her 1.5 acre garden (above) is full of spectacular swaths of color and form, which I saw in person a few years ago. Her earliest blooming daylily is a flashy spider form.
I grow daylilies that are the opposite of Karen's; mine are mainly small flowered and in a limited yellow and peach palette with a touch or two of dark red. They came from my previous and much smaller garden, thus my size choice. My "swath" of daylilies is about the size of two or three of her plants combined. My ealiest daylily is 'Gold Dust' aka 'Tax Day,' though it flowers for me in May rather than tax time in April. It's blooms are school bus yellow.
My other early bloomers are lemon lilies (H. flava) and Dumort's lily (H. dumortieri). 'Gold Dust' is a cross between those two. Lemon lily smells lemony and is that shade of yellow. Dumort's lily is fragrant but has gold flowers with darker backs. I can't tell Dumort's and 'Gold Dust' apart in my garden — or for the purposes of this photo. Karen would be horrified with this picture showing my spent flower heads still hanging on, but I am lax about deadheading my daylilies since they are by the street and not in constant view. Besides, I think these kind of look like confetti caught among the flowers.