John Zvirovski / Sun Garden Editor
During the warm days of summer, when you are out in the garden, it can be very refreshing to view the cooling colors of blue. So often we plant colors of red, yellow, orange, white and pink along with sporadic shades of purple in our displays. Rarely do we get to witness the relaxing colors of true and refreshing blue flowers.
You just can’t say enough about the lilies that bloom during this time of year. They flourish in our warm summers and are affected by very little when it comes to disease or insects. They come in all heights, colors and sizes and bloom at various times during the summer months. For this article, we will strictly focus on the winter hardy lilies for our area and avoid ones such as calla, eucharis and crinum lilies.
It’s that time of year again where you get to take the opportunity to look into the backyards of other people’s gardens! Yes, that is right, we get to go behind the scenes and see what they have been up to in their world of plants. It is the time of year that I look forward to as I enjoy seeing other people’s creative edge in the garden. There are always so many new ideas and creations, not to mention, oftentimes new plants to look at.
We have waited for this season for months, and the time has come where the garden is in full gear! All winter we make our plans on what we are going to do, using frozen or canned products from the year before that came from our gardens. The supplies begin to run low and we begin to think about those fresh fruits and vegetables that we can harvest and begin to consume once again.
It doesn't matter what time of year it is, but I always like to look at yards as I am out on my daily walks. Looking at new ideas, seeing different plant materials and finding out what works for people and what does not. Some mistakes are unique and others are quite common; it just depends on what the subject happens to be.
Memorial Day comes along every year on the last Monday in May. It used to be named Decoration Day when it was first observed after the Civil War in 1868. Its name change did not come until a few years later in 1882. The holiday was created to remember all those who had passed away who served our country in the military services. During the holiday, people were remembered by a simple bouquet of flowers and a small American flag, which continues on today.
On past trips to the South, I have breathed in the beautiful scents of the beautiful gardenia bushes, jasmines and plumerias. I remember their scents filling the air as I kept whining about the fact that I could not grow them at home. Every time I am back home in North Dakota, I am reintroduced to the beautiful aromas of the crabapples, apples, plums and lilacs that are currently in bloom. It is amazing how quickly we take for granted all of the beautiful things that we can grow in our area that cannot be grown in other parts of the country.
There is a legend that speaks of a poor, single woman who lived in a small cottage in the woods. One day she adopts a small orphan girl and raises her with all the respect and integrity a child deserves. She instills in her the values that matter once you have become an adult and can care for yourself.
With a week of moisture, the landscape is quickly greening up and soon we will be hearing the buzz of the lawnmowers. That is certainly the beginning of the new growing season. As I walk around the yard, I see numerous perennials beginning to grow with a sense of urgency. The spring bulbs are about to burst forth with their vibrant colorful blooms at any moment.
Gardening is one of the oldest hobbies known to man. Not only was it created to sustain people with a fresh source of food, but also because it calms the soul and allows one to convene with the earth once again. By being in touch with nature, one feels that he or she is a little more in touch with himself or herself, which can create a sense of purpose and meaning.