As I go about my daily routine each morning, I usually have a few minutes to check out my garden before I head to the office. One of my favorite spots in my yard is the 3 feet of ground surrounding my mailbox. The soil here is terrible and I didn’t do anything to amend it, but I insisted on putting some plants here so that I wouldn’t have to weed-eat around the mailbox pole.
The soil is largely clay, so not much will grow in this spot without a lot of watering in the summer. I thought I’d give it a shot and plant this spot anyway. I mixed in irises and day lilies and over the last couple of years, they have really started filling in.
Tough and resilient – that’s the kind of plants I like to have in my garden. Not to say I don’t have a few temperamental ones, but I am a lazy gardener, and will opt for native plants and those exotics that can handle some neglect. Sometimes life it just too busy to get everything done!
From April to June, the ground around my mailbox becomes dotted with deep reds, bright yellows, rich oranges, and pale lavender. First, the irises start to bloom, then they are quickly followed by the day lilies. They may last for one day, but the flowers of a daylily will make you stop in your tracks to admire them. They are true showstoppers in my garden.
Hope you enjoy the photos of some of the daylilies that are blooming this month!