July 19th, 2021

Paul Neyron rose 2

Monday

I'll go to bed soon...

Later: I did go to bed "soon," but I woke early.  I thought Mom had called my name.  She hadn't.  In the morning, Dr. L., the gastroenterologist, had a look at Dad.  Afterward, Dad seemed glad to be back home and able to eat normally.  I took a nap while the parental units were out.

In the afternoon, Dad mostly rested, and Mom went as a guest with Mrs. L. to go swimming at the health club.  Mom hadn't gotten to swim at all last year.

It wasn't as hot out as it had been.  I went out and planted roses.  I wanted to plant 'Winter Sunset' out front near the Judd viburnum so Mom could see it, but that didn't happen.  I ended up planting them all in the herb garden.  'Alec's Red' ended up behind the "Two-Tone" rose.  'Double Delight' is nearer to the other roses, the pink ones, to the right side.  'Winter Sunset' is behind 'Sharifa Asma,' which is blooming again.  The 'Uchida' lilies are all lanky and droopy.  I put different pieces of hardware cloth around that side of the herb garden.  I dug a hole near the 'Sharifa Asma' rose, but that was too close, and also, I hit the side of a 'City of Haarlem' hyacinth bulb.  I ended up planting the 'Roger's Delight' scented geranium there.  It shouldn't compete with the 'Sharifa Asma' rose or the hyacinth.  I dug up mystery daylilies to make the hole for 'Winter Sunset.'  I left the 'Gold Dust,' 'Hyperion' and "lemon lily" daylily where they were.  The gold-band lily I planted near the 'Gold Dust' daylily is in bud.

I planted the "border lily" Oriental lilies at various times in June and early July.  The one I planted earliest and didn't have to transplant has a flower.  The outer edges of the petals are a soft pink, and the inner parts are white.  It's fragrant.  It's about 6" high.  Those lilies were supposed to get to be about a foot high, but I planted them late.  Another that I planted relatively early has leafed out.  The Oriental lily in the front yard, with the lemon thyme, is done blooming.  The 'Maid of Orleans' sambac jasmine is loving the hot and humid weather we've been having, and has had several flowers a day open for the last few days.

The spearmint choked out the anise hyssop in the raised bed, apparently, or I dug too much of it up when I cleared the raised bed out at the end of last year.  Oddly, an anise hyssop seedling ended up growing in the pot that the hydrangea is in.  It's flowering now, so I was sure of what it was.  I planted that in the herb garden, near the 'Quatre Saisons' rose.  I planted the pineapple sage that was in a pot in the herb garden, too, as that was getting very dried out in its pot.  The pineapple sage that I planted directly into the herb garden shortly after I got it is doing very well.

More of the double tiger lily flowers are open.  The tiger lilies and 'Uchida' lilies both had areas on their stems that looked like bits of cotton, so I sprayed them.  I guess the single tiger lilies will bloom a little later.  The probably-'Melonee' daylilies continue to bloom.  All of the mystery ones from the former rose garden that are blooming now have turned out to be 'Kwanso,' the double tawny daylily.

I saw some "Iron Cross" type of oxalis leafing out where I'd planted the "shamrock" bulbs I got with the order of lilacs and such this spring.  I need to dig that up and pot it.  I only saw it when I'd cut the apple mint back a lot.  I don't know what happened to the other bulbs I planted there, except that I guess the apple mint and weeds happened to them.  'The Fairy' rose keeps having sprays of little pink flowers, so that's cute.  The 'Cecile Brunner' rose I also planted in the raised bed is leafing out nicely.  The 'Mary Rose' I planted in the herb garden at the end of June has a couple of little buds.  The 'Rouletii' rose has new growth.

Inside, the bud on the stalk of white lilies from the bouquet I rescued yesterday opened.  I took off the pistils(?).  The lilies are fragrant, so my guess is that it's 'Casa Blanca' or something similar.  The top bud on the stalk of double tiger lilies that I cut yesterday looks like it will be opening in the next day or two.