Lynn Rogers is a former high school biology and Spanish teacher. She is a Washington County Master Gardener, a garden writer and a singer in her church choir. She is a proponent of organic gardening and is a plant collector.


Despite drought, many plants are blooming.
by Lynn Rogers - posted 07/19/12

Drought in Arkansas this summer has reached severe proportions in most of the state. My husband, Jerry and I spend a large part of each day watering just to keep things alive. Large trees, like oaks and maples are at risk and should be watered. Despite the drought, some plants are still blooming. Several white hydrangeas are beautiful now. Many go by the nickname PeeGee which stands for Hydrangea paniculata grandiflora, using the initials of the species names.

Hardy hibiscuses are pretty now too, like this one, Hibiscus mutabilis 'Rubrum'

Crinum lilies, which are long-lived bulbs originally from Africa, are staples in southern gardens. They have been found in abandoned home sites and at old businesses. Jenks Farmer, owner of Lush Life Nursery, has one offering named Regina's Disco Lounge, because of the roadhouse where it was found. The lilies pictured below are 'Ellen Bosanquet' and Milk and Wine.

Ellen Bosanquet and Milk and Wine crinum lilies


I have another white hydrangea, which is a PeeGee, called 'Lime Light'. Its beautiful trusses of flowers have a slight greenish tinge. Very floriferous.

Hope these flowers brighten your day. Water early and stay in the shade with a glass of cold, sweet tea. See you in the garden.


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After the wedding, I’ve returned to the garden.
by Lynn Rogers - posted 06/12/12

Siloam Springs late hybridizer, Pauline Henry, often named her seedlings after friends, like Mitch Singleton her eye doctor

Our oldest granddaughter was married in our garden on June 2nd this year. Much preparation went into getting ready for that event. It was lovely and the weather cooperated. Now I make my daily rounds to see what daylilies have opened and other true lilies, like orienpets and asiatics. Color is everywhere.

 Madonna Lily bulbs (similar to these orienpets)  were carried by Roman soldiers to treat blistered feet.

This orienpet is five feet tall and slightly  fragrant.

The coral orienpet (oriental x trumpet) is 4 feet tall, with flowers 10 inches across.

Hemerocallis citrina is a species daylily that is nocturnal. The fragrance is as sweet and strong as a gardenia.

My newest daylily with an unusual color combination is  Fried Eggplant from Lilyland in Texarkana.





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My Favorite Daylily
by Lynn Rogers - posted 05/18/12


My Favorite Daylily

This daylily has very thick petals and sepals. I call it Dawn’s Early Light.



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