When I bought my home at Shawano Lake in early 2000, the former owners "warned" me that there would be a few "surprises" in the yard come spring & summer. I was curious and anxious to see what mother nature might have in store for me. Sure enough, in summer, right in front of my deck, the most beautiful orange and yellow lilies emerged, tall and hardy and quite lovely to a gal who had never grown much of anything in her life. Then came the HUGE hosta surrounding the house number sign and I was smitten. During the first few years (with a heavy work schedule), I spent little time on the yard, put a spruce in the backyard....some junipers alongside the house, some hostas in the front flower bed. As the years went on and my interest was piqued each year watching the lilies come back time after time, and the hostas coming back larger and hardier. So each year I added a little something....another lily here and another hosta there. Then a peony bush and some more lilies. It just seemed that the end of each summer left lonely lilies and hostas on sale at the local stores...so OF COURSE I felt the need to "save" them.
Then came semi and now full retirement and a delightful devotion to the landscaping of my yards. What fun this has been. All the "bargain" flowers from before were thriving and a learned patience helped me to plant seeds and bulbs, and then actually wait to see what developed. I am proud to share the loveliness of Northeast Wisconsin with everyone as it continues to amaze me every spring/summer.
Being around the house more has given me much more appreciation for the beauty that surrounds me in this place I call home. Hope you enjoy looking at the "fruits" of my labor (with the help of Mother Nature of course), as much as I have enjoyed mothering them and photographing them!
I am in the process of identifying/naming all of these glorious works of nature and if you see one you recognize, that I haven't named, please email me and let me know what they are OK?
I REALLY love lilies! These are "Tango Passion Crossover", an Asiatic lily
I really REALLY love lilies!
OK you get it now right...I LOVE LILIES!
I call these "Winneconne Memories" daylilies, from my Dad's lake cottage
"Hot Chocolate" and White Calla Lilies
Asiatic Lilies, possible "Matrix"
LILIES & DAYLILIES PLANTED THIS YEAR (2011) - WILL POST ACTUAL LIVE PICTURES WHEN THEY BLOOM NEXT YEAR!!
Asiatic Lily "Tiny Hope"
Daylily "Siloam French Doll"
Daylily "Stella D'Oro"
PEONIES (whites & pinks)
Double "Sarah Bernhardt"
More Members of My Flower Family
Mammoth Russian Sunflower
Purple Morning Glories
Not sure this is Astilbe...droops more....more like Love-Lies-Bleeding
"Balloon Flower", "Chinese Bellflower"
Veronica aka Speedwell
New Dimenstion Blue Salvia
Variegated Sedum "Frosty Morn"
Hosta ("Patriot", my personal fav)
Hosta ("Libertarian", colors reversed from Patriot)
King Tut Grass (Annual)
Solomon's Seal (Lower Center & Right, when flowering has hanging white bells)
Spiralis Corkscrew Rush (Annual)
Bridal Wreath Bush
Alyssum (may come back next year, may not)
May be a weed but if it has flowers I let it stay
Sedum "John Creech"
Yellow Daffodil & Blue Hyacinth living in harmony!
HELPPPP!!! I have identified what I can but am trying to figure out the rest. If you can identify any of the unnamed flowers please drop me an email....THANKS!
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