Photo op Friday

The daylily in question - either Hemerocallis ‘Autumn King’ or ‘Wee Willie Winkie’Visitors have been asking about a very late blooming, very tall, very floriferous daylily blooming just now in the North Garden. It was purchased probably 20 or so years ago from Tranquil Lake Nursery in Rehobeth, MA and we think it’s either ‘Autumn King’ or ‘Wee Willie Winkie’. ‘Autumn King’ is the taller of the two so that’s my guess (our plants are a good 5+ feet tall) but the name ‘Wee Willie Winkie’ rang bells for Julie (who would have ordered the plants originally).

Here’s a selection of pics from my foggy walk this morning (mouse over for names and click for larger images):

A new grass (new to us) in the Cutting Garden (love it! I want a hundred next year)Melinis nerviglumis ‘Savannah’ (Pink paintbrush grass)

A Cutting Garden giant (6′ plus) with delicate flowers – but just wait for the seed pods!Asclepias physocarpa ‘Oscar’ a.k.a. Gomphocarpus physocarpus ‘Hairy Balls’

A washed out Dahlia ‘Karma Fuchsiana’ – I’m not sure why my camera refuses to capture bluey pinks and pinky blues… This is the dahlia we’re considering for the North Garden. What do you think?Dahlia ‘Karma Fuchsiana’

A four O’clock in the morningMirabilis ‘Baywatch’ — a 6-7′ Four O’clock

Fog lift on the bayfoggy Narragansett Bay

A Joe Pye weed walk (a path from the bay to the Water Garden) walk by Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium fistulosum)

And the Franklinia is starting to bloom!Franklinia alatamaha all budded upFranklinia alatamaha - detail

Have a great weekend!

8 thoughts on “Photo op Friday

  1. Wait, come back to this post. You can’t picture that gorgeous grass and not tell us all the name of it! What is that, I really like it!

    Carol at May Dreams Gardens

  2. Kris: That grass is a beauty! And the Asclepias…is that hardy? It looks so tropical. I am writing those names in the wish list book! Great photos as always!

  3. I love the Pink Paintbrush Grass – it is so aptly named! I hope the daylilies are ‘Wee Willie Winkie’ just because the name is so cool.

    The Franklinia must be spectacular when they are in full bloom. The fog lift on the bay is beautiful.

  4. Carol, The grass is Melinis nerviglumis ‘Savannah’ and we bought the seed from Park’s.

    Layanee, The Asclepias is an annual – we bought the seed from Thompson & Morgan and started it in the greenhouse in late March – it put on most of its growth this month. (By Gardener’s Day – Sept. 22, it should be setting plenty of pods (hairy balls) – come check it out!)

    Kate, Thank you and I’ll be sure to keep taking Franklinia pics to catch it in peak!

    Chris, Any helpful hints?

    Eliz, “Hairy Balls” is one of my favorites – I’ll keep showing them off!

  5. thanks for stopping by kris! that paintbrush grass is just beautiful… your pictures are always so inspiring, and it’s so helpful to have the labels!

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