Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Daylily Display Garden

Mr. Garrett talks to Master Gardeners in his daylily display garden.

Yesterday Loris Garrett hosted members of the Fort Bend County Master Gardeners at his home and beautiful daylily display garden.  Mr. Garrett has been working with daylilies since 1998 and is a member of the American Hemerocallis Society and the Lone Star Daylily Society.  His display garden is in Cypress, Texas and it is outstanding!  Mr. Garrett and his wife Karen have incorporated their daylilies into a large, suburban garden.  The daylilies were all neatly labeled, but the garden itself was also beautifully designed.  It was so much more interesting than just rows and rows of daylilies.

(The little tree on the left is a dwarf bald cypress, about 9 years old.)

Mr. Garrett recommends organic fertilizers and leaf mold compost.  He has been experimenting with Milorganite -- apparently armadillos don't like the smell of it!  (This was news to me!)  He uses Nickel Plus as a dip to prevent the spread of daylily rust and as a spray when new growth first starts, every 4 weeks, alternating with BannerMaxx, Cabrio or Daconil.

I took far too many pictures to put in this little article.  Here are the daylily photos on Flickr!  Thanks to Loris and Karen Garrett for a wonderful visit!

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