Last night, while walking the dog about 9 p.m., my husband commented that it seemed darker than usual. We have crossed over to the backside of summer, and as if they know it cannot last forever, the summer flowers are blooming in desperation.
A daylily I was given during a Garden Writers of America tour last year is now in bloom. This showy, mid-season daylily (Hemerocallis) came from American Daylily & Perennials, a Kansas City company run by hybridizer Jack Roberson and his wife, Jo. I’m a real daylily dunce, but I think this one is either ‘Addie Branch Smith’ or a new daylily called ‘Lady Jackie’. There are thousands of daylilies that have been hybridized over the years and a several hybridizers work in Minnesota.
Out in the meadow behind my house, new plants are blooming. I moved this black-eyed Susan from my front yard bed last year, and it’s brightening up the back. There’s also an Indian blanket flower (Gaillardia pulchella) in bloom.
Finally, while not a bloom, a very welcome summer event is the arrival of the July raspberries. I’ve been picking a few for the last week or so and am hopeful for larger harvests this week. This yellow variety is called ‘Anne’.