A Friday Walk in the Garden: New Color

Today I am pleased to be able to share three plants which have just recently come into bloom in my garden. Each of them is contributing a new color to enjoy.

Gladioli are not supposed to be hardy enough to overwinter here in my part of North Carolina, and yet this one has survived two winters in the ground, has multiplied, and now looks very healthy.

Several years ago I visited a daylily garden in Northern Virginia and remarked to the owner how much I liked a particular specimen. She immediately got a shovel, dug it up, and gave me ‘Obsidian.’ Great gardeners are like that; they love to share.

I am still in the hunt for a dark lavender garden phlox. ‘Flame Lilac’ is a short phlox just coming into bloom now. It’s not quite as dark as I would like, but it is a beauty. I will keep hunting.

Just a week short of summer and there are sweet flowers opening now. It is fun to take a Friday walk in the garden and see what is new.




About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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13 Responses to A Friday Walk in the Garden: New Color

  1. DailyMusings says:

    They are beautiful!


  2. Lindy Le Coq says:

    Your walks in the garden inspire me to take my camera out — just have to wait for the rains to cease!!!


  3. shobhna says:

    The deep purple day lily is so sttiking!


  4. Christina says:

    They are lovely John; I especially like the colour of the Hemerocallis – this year it is so hot and dry I don’t think all my Hemerocallis will even flower this year so it is a treat to see yours.


  5. johnvic8 says:

    This has been a surprisingly good year for the daylilies so far. Many more blooms than in prior years here. Why? I don’t know.


  6. anne leueen says:

    The Obsidian day lily is a stunner!


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