Mom’s Gift

“Mom’s Gift”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana 


I have many plants in my garden that my mother has given me.  Many, many years ago, she gave me some daylilies, and I planted them in the only sunny spot available at the time.  They did okay the first few years and then, because of the lack of sun from growing trees, slowly went into decline.  They became very small and stopped blooming even though I lavished them with water, fertilizer, and compost.  Eventually, I decided they had to be moved, and they were the impetus to create the circle garden in the middle of the side lawn.  I initially started out with just a circle about eight feet apart, and the next year, I added two halve circles on the outside.

When the daylilies were planted in the new garden, it was autumn, and they settled in fairly well spending the winter establishing roots.  That spring, for the first time in years, they bloomed.  Not profusely mind you, but there were several flowers.  Over the years, these daylilies have gone from puny to robust.  This is the best year ever.  The red ones have been blooming for a while, and yesterday, the first of the yellow opened.




Because of these yellow daylilies, when I was making the new garden, I decided to have this as a mainly yellow area.  Now that these plants have become so numerous, I think I will be tweaking  this area a little come fall.  But right now, I am going to enjoy seeing these great flowers every day for a while since there are so many buds this year.

The red daylilies are doing just as well as the yellow.  They always start blooming a little sooner than the yellow, but when they bloom together, it is quite a show.  Even though this is the yellow garden, the red do look nice here, and to be honest, were planted here only because this was a sunny location, and they needed sun.




In the outer circle, I have some Stella d’Oro daylilies that have also been blooming well.  I also have a few in the front of the big circle which I think I will move to the outer circle.  These I might move this spring and not wait for fall, if I can find the time before the hot weather comes.




Now, an all yellow garden might be a little too much, so I do have some other flowers to break up all that yellow.  The Louisiana iris, Bayou Classic, is planted there and is also blooming now.




I have also planted Victoria salvia here just recently to add more purple color for the summer.  This area is also where the Texas bluebonnets are planted in early spring and asters in the fall; both of which bring in the purple as an accent color.

It is amazing how one thing leads to another.  Mom gave me daylilies which needed sun, and now I have a whole area, that used to be lawn, turned into a garden with constant blooms.



  1. Janet said,

    April 27, 2009 at 5:04 am

    Sounds like a nice burst of color in your circular garden, filled with special plants. Very nice.

  2. nancybond said,

    April 27, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    The lilies are all very beautiful! I’ve never seen a daylily I didn’t love.

  3. Jan said,

    April 27, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Janet, it is a nice burst of color. Today, when I was watering, I couldn’t believe everything that was now blooming: lantana, jasmine, violas, and salvia, in addition to the daylilies.

    Nancy, I am beginning to feel the same way about daylilies as you do the more I see them.

  4. Jordan said,

    July 31, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Finaly some non-biased article about salvia, thanks

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