So, I planted about sixty daylily bulbs and bought three rose bushes from Rogue Valley Roses to put in containers on the patio.
I didn't expect much from either daylilies or roses this first year, but was pleasantly surprised to have a few of the daylilies to bloom along with the roses during the early part of the summer. Then we got hit with the hottest summer ever (65+ days of above 90 degree weather versus a normal summer where we have 28 days) and the rose bushes suffered mightily. Despite the daily watering, the bushes were extremely stressed, dropping leaves and in one case, developing black spot. I figured that I would end up trashing them this fall.
What a nice surprise when they started to give me a second round of blooms in October now that the weather has moderated back to normal.
|Brown Velvet (a misnomer - very bright red)|
|Baby Austin (a micro rose; even smaller than a mini rose)|