It is Spring so I think we needed a new chat and pictures thread as the old one was getting really long and was for winter. Winter is truely over around here!
The bloom in my garden is mostly the daffodils that have been fabulous this year. But the daylilies are coming on. All have started growing, some taller than others. Last fall I really piled on the mulch of fall leaves so my gardenbeds are a sea of thick mulch with plants showing in many places.
Daffs are strong now as I have been planting daffs and tulips in and around the daylily beds to give them an extra season of blooms. I love to get extra color from my daylily beds!
I have gotten so many compliments on the picture of the split corona daff. People really, really seem to like it. My idea of daffs is that they should have trumpets. Can be small ones or flaired ones as well as the long trumpets commenly seen on the traditional daffodil. But the wide flairing broken inside part just doesn't fit into my idea of what a daff should look like. Guess I am just weird. I don't know why I bought those split coronas. But they are here and here they will stay.
I have been working on my spring cleanups around the garden this past week and a half as it has been so warm. Unseasonably warm for mid late March. I finially got all the roses prunned back for the major spring prunning but I was really annoyed with myself because the roses were already leafed out by the time I was finished. I have a lot of roses. Honestly, this is exactly when I do the rose spring prunning each year, mid late March and they have never been leafed out in years before. So this is unusual but it seems to be a very early spring this year after a warm winter with no snow.
I takes me long enough to get all the roses done but while I was spring prunning I was also chopping back and trimming some shrubs around here plus all my butterfly bushes and my honeysuckle. And now I will have to start spraying the roses with fungicide already this week. Which is an annoyance as it is early in the year. But once the leaves come, they need spraying every two weeks all season.
Well, I have both my small 35 gallon ponds cleaned out and new water in. It is always a stinky mess. The fall leaves blow in all winter and start to decompse in the water and when they are dregged out in the spring they really smell. But I dump them both each year. First I bail out the water and leaves with a bucket. Then I pick them up and scrub them out and after that I put them back and fill with water. I put feeder fish in them that I buy el cheapo from the pet shop to take care of any mosquito problem. Can't get fish quite yet as that water was COLD! One is in ground with these paver blocks that it rests on so that it can be lifted and put back in ground. The other is one of these patio ponds which means it stands above ground. Not on my patio though but in the shrub border.
I haven't done anything about my big 350 gallon in ground pond as that has fish in it which overwintered from last summer. I don't want to mess with it yet as I figgure I will have to add some water after scooping bottom sediment and putting in the pond filter to clear the water. Will wait for warmer weather.
I got lots and lots acomplished during the exceptionally warm weather. It needs to be done each spring and this year needed to be done earlier than usual. Not that there is nothing left to do! It is a garden after all, always something needs doing.
Those shots are all in the front yard but the first three are in the belgium block mini terraces. I bought 200 of the scheepers long trumpet mixed daffs and planted them along in there. I am so very, very pleased with that mix. It goes from early blooming daffs to late bloomers and all sorts of colors. And waves of new daffs open so that it has a fabulous look of blooms.
Rita, thanks for the new thread. Your daffs are looking great. Mine are coming one really well, too. Will have to post some pics soon.
Love the tulips, Crit. I don't have many. I have one small red one in bloom now.
Ugh! I will have to start spraying my roses, too, and clean out my 2 small ponds. Yes, a stinky mess, but they look so nice once they get done. I also have some large areas that will be getting hit with tough brush killer this year to get rid of tradescantia, mint, Jerusalem artichoke, artemesia, raspberries and blackberries, which are hellish to deal with. These areas are just too big to dig up, and will have to wait a year before I can begin planting there. So much to do, and I've been doing a lot of cleaning and clearing already. It's looking good, I must say, and I'm loving the unseasonably warm days for getting a jump start on all the work, even if it means a little extra work as well.
Rita, when I clean out my ponds I attach a hose to my pump and pump the water out. So much easier than bailing it, which I've done in the past.
Karen these small ponds are under tons of tress and shrubs. Too many leaves fall in during the winter for anything but hand bailing. But if I need to empty my big 350 pond I do use the pump and let it just empty most of the water for me that way.
That small one I cleaned out is only 35 gallons. In fact both small ones I cleaned out are only 35 gallons. My other pond, the "big" pond is the 350 gallon stocktank that I have in ground. That one I pump out rather than bail. Also it doesn't ever get as many leaves in it as those other two being in another different area of the yard.
Standing in the driveway looking at the slope uphill were the daylilies are planted in the straw mulch. As they grow you can't even really see the straw between them as the daylily leaves just cover it all up. I want to add some daffs along in there at the very bottom of the rows of daylilies along the driveway. I am thinking of doing a trench at the feet of the daylily rows at the very bottom and putting lots and lots of daffs along the driveway. Then I will have more spring bloom and they will be gone by the time summer comes and the daylilies bloom.
To give you an idea of how the gardens all tie together here I am standing looking at the top garden. The daffs you see are the ones you can see part of in the very first picture. Then that all wraps around looking more left towards the front yard pond. Daylily slope would be right from this area, especially right towards the first of those two pictures.
Very nice, Rita, and you really save yourself a lot of work by leaving all the leaves down. I'm such a neat and tidy freak, I have to rake up all the leaves. Not only that, but I have invasive quack grass growing in many of my beds, and it's more troublesome to get at if all those leaves were there.
I do put down a mulch of composted cow manure when I can get to it, but often many beds never get mulched, as there's just too many other things to do. I usually don't fertilize or give extra water to my daylilies during dry spells, and they still do exceptionally well. I'm sure they'd do even better with fertilizer and extra water when needed. The beds that I get around to mulching with the cow manure also are receiving fertilizer from that as well.
Donna Dietsch was here visiting her seedlings today. She has introduced several daffodils, including Jasper Mills (pictured), which is a terrific plant. We have some if it - a great bloomer and a great show flower. She plants some of her seedlings here as she has limited space in her city garden. Lucky us.
Karen, I don't just leave the leaves that have fallen. I go around each falll and collect leaves to put around my gardens so that they are heavily mulched. It works great here and I never would be able to manage otherwise as I am sure the weeds would take over. This way almost no weeds.
poplarcreek, that is a lovely bunch of daffs. Lucky you indeed!
newyorkrita, I've always loved looking at pictures of your gardens. They look terrific in every season. You're such an inspiration to me.
I have 3 of the round 35 gallon ponds. I keep 2 of them on my deck because like to see my waterlilies up close. This makes my deck pretty crowded, but it also keeps the grass clipping from getting in the water when they mow the lawn. I have a third pond out in the yard and it always gets the grass clippings floating on the surface. I am renting the house, so I can't dig a hole for a real pond.
This has not stopped me, however, from putting in three 4'x8' raised beds for herbs and vegetables, and two 3'x30' borders along the fences in the backyard.
One of the 30 foot borders is supposed to be a daylily bed, but I think my English cottage garden may overflow into it a bit.
I planted a few things last year, but I will really be planting out into the beds for the first time this year. It has taken 2 years to get rid of the thistles.
Thank you lily-bud. I have been hard at work on my garden for more than ten years now and I am very pleased with the way it has all come together.
I know what you mean about the grass clippings. I end up with grass clippings in my back small in ground pond each time the grass is mowed. In spite of that, I do like that it is in ground.
These past two years I really have made a big effort to add spring bulbs each fall. This fall I intend to add even more and it will be by far my biggest addition yet in one year. I plan on large amounts of crocus, then daffs and tulips and some others. Adding daffs and tulips in and around the daylily beds really makes a very big diffence in spring color. The more I add, the more I want to keep adding more bulbs.
Front yard views from yesterday. Today everything is soaked from the rain overnight. I wanted to show this section so that people can see how I use the spring bulbs as part of the overall plan to have someting blooming in sucession from early spring till fall.
You can see the daffs along there and for the summer as the daffs die back I put in zinnias for summer color. Below the daff section there are two rows of daylilies growing with tulips that are just going to open. Plus one end has a stand of oriental lilies with roses in back and the other end has some asiatic lilies with tall beared iris in back. There are also some daylily plants at each end of the daff section.
Third pic is a closeup of the daylilies at the ends of those belgium block mini terraces.
Oh Karen, those ponds are both so beautiful. I wish I had more room here. If I did I would have a much much bigger pond than what I do. But no room and I have what fits here. Another thing I would truely love to have is a stream. But definately no room for any such thing here.
Thanks! I would love to have a small stream going into the large pond, and I could do it if I really wanted to. I would also like to make the big pong bigger, but would be so much work and more money. I would like to make it so a bridge could go across it. Would love to have a Koi pond someday, too. Well, all in good time, I suppose, and with more money I could do more, and more time, too. Hello, lottery!
Karen, I adore your ponds. I love the way you have the hostas incorporated around the larger one. It looks like a very calming retreat.
What are the rocks with the little rectangular black screens that are placed around the edge of the pond?
The tub pond looks great sunken into the ground. You've done a really good job making it look natural.
Here is an example of how I plot my bulb planting. Going to use the raised bed in the backyard I call the daylily plateau or just the plateau. It really looks smashing in the summer when the daylilies bloom. Plus up on the top section over the plateau in that smaller raised bed section directly next to the garage (my backyard neighbors garage) I plant zinnias and that gives me summerlong color. So for years I have been content with that but now I am working on my spring bulb plans. Honestly, afew tulips can be squeezed in just about anywhere. They don't multiply (in fact the opposite they decrease in volume year after year) so unlike daffs you don't need to worry about possible overcrowding and dividing.
The plateau is four rows of daylilies, two more in front and two more towards the back with a path in between the front and back sections going accross. So here is what I am going to do.
The 50 Come back tulips just ordered from Brent&Beckies are going in amoung the two back rows of daylilies. Those are red darwin tulips. Then 50 Jenny also just ordered from Brent&Beckies are going in amoung the front two daylily rows. Those are golden yellow early tulips. Then still to order from Scheepers is 200 of their Princely Single Early Tulip Mixture which will be planted thickly in the pathway between the front and back daylily section rows. Then at each end in the front curve I need some small bulbs to fill in like crocus or some sort of rock garden iris. All still thinking on that and it would not be lots of bulbs anyway.
The top terrace next to the garage needs to have the sections of daffodil row where there are no bulbs fixed and patched. I have picked out daffs to add there. In back of the back row of daffs will go a row of Dutch Iris, which will be blooming much later than the daffs so no conflict just another wave of bloom. Then I need to figgure out what tulips to add to the mid section between daff rows but haven't decided on a plan yet.
But this is how I plot things. Pictures of the Plateau now with no spring color!
You have some big plans, Rita, and it will really look great next year with all those additional tulips in bloom. Nice to see you have sun there today. It's totally overcast and cold here.
Gorgeous shots at your place, Lyle! I just love, love, love the pink petunias with the white centers in that last pic. I must get some for my gardens this year. I sure with I was in Arizona right now. It is really chilly outside today. I was doing some yard work for a little while, hauled 5 big loads of wood chips to replenish the old ones in our front walkway, but I was really tired that day and couldn't do much more than that, not to mention that I was getting pretty cold. Just under 50 out there now with a cold breeze and no sunshine. Looks like Phoenix is about 90 right now. That would be more than enough to take the chill off here.
I sure wish I could do something like this, seen at Longwood Gardens in PA back in 2002.
Rainy and dreary here yesterday and today. Same for tomorrow. Tuesday is suppose to be nice and sunny, then 50% of thunderstorms through next Saturday. Bummer, I have iris out of the ground where I was moving the beds around, but they are hardy and will be fine. I just really want to work outside!!!!
Happy Easter everyone. Praise to our Lord, he is Risen!
Crit, I think the whole country is on this rollercoaster ride.. We are still going from the 60s to the 80s, and back, all in the same week. I'm dieing to plant my tomatoes, but the night temps aren't co-operating at all.
More daffodil pictures. These are ROULETTE daffodils I got from Brent&Beckies and planted last fall. Took these pictures yesterday. I have them up top there over by the daylily driveway side slope. I love them because of the big showey flowers that are white with all the orange and green in the trumpets.
Hemlady it has two openings and it is divided inside. Found it at the Flea Market. The openings are small. I have seen a common (name unknown) robin hanging out up there. Probably one of the same family that nested there when I had a smaller box up there the past 4-5 yrs.
I have never seen so many different and beautiful tulips as on this forum. I used to grow them years ago but gave up since squirrels love them. Little by little they disappeared along with the crocus. Also love the pool photos and the planting around them. So natural.
Our spring here in Wyoming is almost a month early. I have never had bearded irises bloom in April. This year not only the early dwarf are blooming but the bearded irises are also not far off and some are blooming. Dwarf itises usually bloom mid-May followed by the tall bearded early to mid-June. So glad I saved iris pollen from last year. The warm weather came suddenly and caught me by surprise. I am making a rock garden, potting up iris seedlings from my crosses, likewise my daylily seedlings. Too many projects that needs to be done now before hot weather.
I am thrilled to see that one of my daylily crosses bloomed today. Sowed October 2010, planted in the coldframe May 2011. It is 7" tall with 3" blooms. Pod parent Happpy Returns x Purple de Oro. Below are the parents, and the child . Needless to say, I am thrilled.
Wow - just went thru this thread! A LOT of inspiration in here... if only my sweat and perspiration would allow me to keep up with all of the great inspiration (not to mention the pocketbook!) I would be in great shape!
Thanks everyone for sharing all your beautiful gardens!
Floweringchild Yes, it is wonderful to see my seedling open up. Takes forever. Now, waiting for more to set buds since this is so early for daylilies to bloom in Wyoming. Also have buds on iris seedlings. Had 3 bloom last summer. Now waiting for more.
Do you also pollinate/hybridize plants like iris and daylilies. Daylilies for some reason seems to be more popular than irises. However, I had the market for my crosses of iris seeds on Ebay. Sold $268 worth over the winter. I was the only one selling bearded Iris seeds. I have 187 iris cultivars. Now have 144 iris seedlings growing, and more to sprout.
Photo 1] 156 daylily seedlings. Some from my crosses but most from purchase on LA
Photo 2] Last years's daylily seedlings. Should bloom. The one that bloomed is growing there.
Photo 3] Iris seedlings in coldframe taken August 2010
Photo 4] Two out of the 3 seedlings that bloomed in the coldfram June 2011. (Buffawn x Gay Parasol)
Photo 5] A few of this year's iris seedlings out of 144. Only 2" tall on the average. Photo taken April 23, 2012
About four years ago, there were seed pods on an iris. I saved those and planted them. They have bloomed for the last two years. So I have three irises that are similar to the parents, but each is different. That was fun also.. waiting on those babies.
Blomma, I didn't realize you had so many irises.. WOW.
Love your seedling, Blomma! I can't wait to see my first seedling bloom, but I gotta get some seeds planted first. I have a few seedlings that came up on their own, so I'm looking forward to seeing them bloom, which I think they will this year.
Nice iris seedlings, floweringchild. I love the yellow and brown one.
Floweringchild, Thank you for posting. Love the yellow and brown iris, and the first photo of your seedlings. I noticed the color and markings on the hafts. I bet that the seedlings were the child of the irises in the circle of irises that also has the same on the hafts.
My pod parent to the iris seedling in the above photo is Buffawn (Andrew 1940) x Gay Parasol (Schreiner 1974). It is very obvious which is the pod parent when you notife the hafts on Buffawn.
Below is the photo of both.
Edited to add that the second photo is the 3rd seedling that bloomed last year with those posted above.
Thanks Karen, Why haven't you sown the seeds during the winter. I plant mine in a plastic shoe box and leave it covered on the north side of my house all winter. So far 144 seedlings, starting to sprout in March with warmer weather.
Several more of my iris crosses are budding. Can't wait! Seems to take forever.
wish irises would rebloom in Wyoming but that is not to be. Even Immortality won't. I don't buy with that in mind since they won't anyway. I am just one climate zone too cold. Actually not enough summer days to produce another crop of blooms. Oh well...!
Same here blomma, I had Immortality for quite a few years, then I moved it and it died, but it never rebloomed for me, summer is too short. Same with the daylilies, I now only buy early to mid season bloomers.
mcash70, I have the same problem with daylilies, except Stella de Oro. Once it begins to bloom, which is ahead of all others, it take s a short rest then resumes blooming past other daylilies.
My iris in my coldframe finally bloomed. It was sown October 2009, germinated April 2010. The podparent is a dwarf bearded Raspberry Blush. The pollen parent is unknown but judging from the bloom, I think it is another dwarf by the name of Little Chestnut.
The seedling is a mustard gold/yellow. Height 12"
1] Pod parent Raspberry Blush
2] Pollen parent ? Little Chestnut
3] Resulting seedling.
Crit, iris seeds develop inside pods. The number of seeds in a pod varies. The pod is first green, then the color dulls then gradually turns light tan. When they are ready, the pod will begin to split at the top. You can then harvest the seeds. Spread the seeds on a kitchen paper towel and allow to dry for 7 days to cure. The color of the seed will change when dry.
It is fascinating that each seed growing in the same pod will produce a brand new and different variety never seen due to many generations of genes that were bred into the parent plants. On the other hand, some seedlings may have a few similar traits from their parents, just like humans. In either case, the result is yours. Any Iris seedling that shows excellence can be named and registered by the grower---You.
Store seeds in the fridge until you are ready. I start my seeds in October since I have many cultivars by soaking the seeds in a container with hand hot water overnight. Allow to cool. The seeds need to remain in the water for at least 3 weeks. Change the water out daily using a strainer to catch the seeds (so as not to lose any). No nicking is necessary. This soaking and rinsing treatment is to remove the seed germination inhibitor present in the seed or seed coat. Outdoors, the fall rains and melting snow in winter do the same thing over a 3 to 4 month period.
If you have only a few cultivars the method below is a quicker way to remove the inhibitor factor. It cuts the soaking time in half.
Buy nylon knee highs---cheap in Walmart. Put the seeds in the knee high so that they'll end up in the foot then take the knee high and a tag and use a mideum binder paper clip to attach the tag to the open end
Remove the top from the toilet tank. Drop the knee high into an area of the tank where it won't interfere with the moving parts in the tank. Be sure to leave the open end outside the tank. The foot part or closed part is put in the tank. The tank top and the binder clip will prevent the sock from sinking into the tank and get flushed.
After soaking, sow Iris seeds in pre-moistened potting soil 1/2" deep in these plastic shoe boxes. I covered the containers and leave them out all winter long on North side of my house. Iris seeds require 12 weeks of less than 40 degrees temperature that flunctuate to break dormancy. They will sprout during spring when temperature reaches 55 to 70 degrees.
If winter temperature has gone in your climate, or you live in a climate without cold winters, the fridge can be used. It will just take a bit longer to break dormancy.
Once the seeds have sprouted, I pot them up in 6-packs filled with potting soil. As the new sprouts begin to grow, I fertilize them with a 1/4 strength fertilizer solution with each watering. About six weeks after they have germinated and are about two inches high, I knock them out of the pots and plant them in the garden and hope for that next Award of Merit winner or better yet -- dream big, a Dykes Medal winner.
Handle them as you would any other perennial seedling.
Iris seeds can be stored in the fridge in ziplock bags and remain viable for years.
1] Where to place the pollen on iris.
2] Seed pod
3] Open pod with seeds
4] Sowed seeds in plastic shoebox, then in bin and placed on the north side of my house all winter covered.
5] Sprouted seeds April 2012
Blomma, I like your seedling of Raspberry Blush x Little Chestnut (possibly?). Very pretty! Great info, btw. Don't know if I'll ever try it. Already have my hands full with daylily hybridizing. If I can ever retire, though, I'll have more time for other things as well.
I can't wait for my TBI's to start blooming. They already have lots of buds. They're gonna be early this year. I just love the fragrance, and I can't just smell it as I'm looking at these pics here.
Karen Thank you, I also like the iris seedling. I too hybridize daylilies, but also iris plus I work full time. Since Iris bloom before daylilies, why not try crossing a few. The seeds will be ready if I remember correctly, in 90 days. Just dry soak and plant them. If you do it my way, they won't need your attention all winter.
My irises are beginning to bloom. I have seedlings that are 3 years old now and I can feel a bud deep inside. They are standard bearded. Yes, the season is 1 month early this year. They usually don't flower until late May through mid-June, depending on variety. I have already started crossing irises as they bloom before I go to work.
Received my order of Daylilies from Blue Ridge today. Planting tomorrow. Ordered 4 and got 3 gift plants. WOW! As always, the plants were beautiful and as always, double and sine triple fans.
Electric Marmelade Magic
Pink Ruffled Love
Stars in the Mist
I recently received some D/L also.
Valentines Greetings and Face Paint from Spunky1 a.k.a. our very own Fred.
Metrosexual x 2 + gift of Ypres From Possumhollow
Lots of extra fans and gift plants.
I also got some Apps that I coveted."His Best rebloomer- Dynamite Returns", Red Hot Returns, When My Sweetheart Returns and Scentual Sundance
Second pic is Morning_star. Very SUPER LADY.
Oh great !! maybe that means my Blue Ridge order will be arriving soon! I am anxious to get them in the ground because it is already so hot here!! I did receive four new ones last week and got them in the ground - they seem to be doing well.
Blomma thanks for sharing for this method of doing the breaking dormancy is both inventive and inexpensive. Mom let me use the refrigerator? Never, but the shoe box cool!
Love the cheerful Raspberry Blush x Little Chestnut pos seedling.
My prob with pollinating is that the irises tend to bloom during Maine's rainy season so once they get started rot can set in. I can lose a whole bunch in a long rainy spell.
I do a few iris crosses during a lucky sunny spell, during a lucky year and used the pvc pipe planting method, one seed per little pvc pipe about 1 inch wide. I pop them out with a broom handle once they bloom saving my garden space. That requires labeling the pvc pipes each one but your shoe box method would cut that expense right down to one label for the time of sprouting.
Jeff Dunlop showed me how to pollinate, he labels his crosses and does the reverse cross on the same day to see pod, pol differences, then he chooses what he is looking for. He is a professional with gorgeous siberians, but me, I am not trying to make the best siberian or iris, I just like crossing moderns with historics that are hardy for fun.
I dont have clumps of iris to pollinate cause I might have 1 rhizome that grows slow, I photograph for id purposes in HIPS photo gallery so as long as I weed around the one bloom I need to photograph, I am fine but its not a great way for becoming a hybridizer lol. I havent tried reverse pollination on the same day yet but should my irises ever turn into clumps I want to try it.
Mike, you got some really nice ones. I really like that Early Snow. Very pretty! I will be off for a week at the end of the month, and I'm determined to get all my beds cleaned up (the ones that haven't already been done), get all my new daylilies planted, plus the ones from last year and all my seeds from crosses I did 2 years ago (hopefully they're still viable), and get everything mulched. Yeah, right! I need to clone myself several times over. I'm not even finished cleaning up my sales areas yet, but hope to get a handle on that this weekend. I have so much to do. I need to clone myself several times over.
Blomma, can I just plant the iris seeds right in the ground? That would be easiest for me, as I have no room to start seeds indoors. That's what I'm doing with my daylily seeds.
Mainer, sounds like a problem with all that rain. We can get a lot of rain in the spring here, too. Just never know.
Karen, iris seeds need flunctuating temperature and 12 week of below 40 temp. It would be too warm now to plant them in the ground. Daylilies are not that fussy as far as stratification.
Why not wait until October, then plant them in a plastic shoebox and leave them outdoors all winter. Keep soil damp, cover the box and forget them until spring. They will begin to sprout when temperature is between 50 to 70 degrees.
My daylily seeds have been stratified in the fridge. Still in there now. I hope to get them planted soon, but every time I get out in the gardens, other things call my attention and I forget all about them. This is a good time to start them. Maybe by 2015 I'll have blooms on them. Hoping.
Karen, placing seeds dry in the fridge does not stratify them. Nature always provided moisture with cold. That is what is known as stratification.
When I sow daylily seeds, I first soak in hand hot water over night to plump them. Then I place the plump seeds in a moist kitchen paper towel, and into a zip lock bag. I keep it stratified for 3 weeks in the fridge crisper. After 3 weeks, I place the bag in room temp. Most seeds begin to sprout within 2 weeks. Once sprouted I plant them in 6-packs with potting soil. From there as they grow, they go into a 3" foam (coffee) pot/cup until it is time to plant outdoors, which is what I am currently doing.
I have clay soil and often winds that drives moisture from plants, the reason I don't plant direct.
Kjuddy Pretty bloom on your first blooming daylily.
Blomma, I don't have any room to start them indoors. My mother always refrigerated them for several weeks before starting them. Anyhow, I've had quite a few people say you can do it that way and start them right in the ground. I've been told you can put a bunch of seeds together in one shallow hole, then separate them once they develop a bit. Obviously the ones you put together would be all the same cross, or ones of unknown parentage. Anyhow, I'm going to try it that way, and I'll let you guys know how it works.
While browsing thru three stores this past weekend I found three diffrent prices on Milorganite.
Walmart = 14.97
Ace = 13.47
Menards = 8.98
Give or take a few cents. Guess which one I bought ?
You guess right. At that price I got three bags knowing that it will be going up soon. This should last me a few to several years, at least. This would probably last Casshigh a couple days on that beautiful ESTATE. BFG!
Karen That is what I read where you can buy it online. I live close to the mountains and have antelope come down to visit, usually early spring. Not much damage since I don't grow their favorite foods. My daughter living in the boonies have problems with them. It is fenced in but they jump.
I spent all weekend planting daylily seedlings before the hot weather. Maybe now I will have time to mow. Fun, fun!!!
Below is my daylily nursery. Couldn't get them all in one photo.
I have a few blooming - these cool evenings are really making it difficult for them to open. Most are not bloomed out by the time I leave for work, and are fading quickly by the time I get home - so I am not getting to enjoy them as much as usual. Here is my Perseus Sandals... not as pretty as it usually is, but it brightened my day.
Please excuse all the grass - this is in a bed that hasn't been touched yet! With 80 degree temps starting in mid march the grass has a major head start on me!
Mike, why sow the seeds in the ground? I gained time sowing them per instuctions posted above. The earlier sown, the earlier you get blooms. Actually, the plants in the photo would have been taller if I hadn't given them a "haircut" to prevent them from touching the florescent light tubes.
Below are some of the iris seedlings planted next to the daylilies but protected in a coldframe due to small size.
Blomma, your seedlings look great! I think Mike meant he had some seedlings already started to plant in the ground. I, on the other hand, must start them outside, as I have no room in the house to start them. They'll have to take their chances, and I feel they will be more hardy because of it.
Genna, what a nice looking bloom. I hate it when I miss out on blooms because of work. I have 2 Fridays a month where I work a 13 hours shift, and it gives me no time to enjoy any blooms on those days.
Gary, what a great shipment! I will be getting mine from him soon, as well. Last year I got about 12 from him, and about that same amount in bonuses. I couldn't believe it! The box was huge! Can't wait for this year's shipment.
Blomma, I happen to use Tinkers daylily database a lot more, as there's usually more pictures. One thing I don't like about the AHS database is that they only use photos from the actual hybridizers. Sometimes those pics are not so good and just don't do the daylily justice. I like to see a few pics to get a good sense of what it looks like.
Gary, I just checked out all those ones you got. Some really nice ones there! Looks like you really like the Gossard cultivars. I do, too. Oh, and Flaming Flamingo is one I've wanted for a couple of years now. I've met the hybridizer, Ellen Laprise, who lives not too far from me. She and here husband are really nice people. She doesn't have many cultivars of her own, but what she does have is really nice. I love her Bob Marley.
Karen, the box was huge. The plants are too.Besides the bonuses most of the ones I ordered had more than the number of fans won. Bob Marley is on my want list too. The only bad part LOL is that until some new growth starts it will look like a newly harvested corn field around here.
3.5" of rain last nigh with a little more I haven't checked on yet. Went from 84 to 60 degrees last night. 60 for the high today.May not get planting done until tomorrow. We really needed the rain too. I was going to water but decided to give the weatherman one more chance to be right. She was LOL.
We are bone dry here! Not a good sign for this early in the year... we have had a little rain during the spring, but very little - and a dry, dry fall. I am afraid there will be LOTS of things lost even with watering if we don't get some rain!! Watered again tonight, but I can see the lack of rain is really taking its toll - plus the temps are above normal too.
I haven't received my Blue Ridge shipment yet. Inquired about it back in mid April because it was getting so hot here. Sure hope it comes soon. I don't have many ordered so they may be filling orders largest to smallest or something. Never ordered from him before but heard great things so I am looking for the box any day! With my luck it will probably come Thursday or Friday,... my son is getting married out of town this coming Saturday and I will be out of pocket to care for plants!
Those of you with rain...when you get enough can you please send some southward??
Genna, you can contact Bob and ask when he will ship. He usually notifies you the day it goes in the mail. If he hasn't sent it, you can request a shipment when you want it. I alway request it in end of May but this year spring is early so didn't request it.
LOL! Gary, I know what you mean about it looking like a newly harvested corn field when you've planted new DL's. Most of my new ones are going into well established gardens, so it doesn't look so bad, as there are lots of mature DL's to compensate.
Did I mention that last week, or the week before, I got an order of DL's from Woodhenge Gardens (Jim Murphy and Margo Reed)? Excellent plants, and much bigger than just 2 fans, as ordered. Nice bonus of Santa's Pants, also. I will definitely order from them again next year.
I'm still waiting for my shipment for Bob, but I'm in no hurry. I still have others from other orders to be planted. Got one planted today, but I was concentrating on getting stuff potted up for selling. The one I planted was Memorial To Steve. I got 3 fans of that one, and really looking forward to seeing it bloom. I've read such good things about that one, and will be using if as a hybridizing plant.
Blomma, I look forward to seeing pics of your seedling irises.
We have been getting plenty of rain this month, though earlier in the spring we had a long stretch with no rain, and I was getting worried that I would have to start watering everything. So glad for the rain. Been getting plenty, but not too much. Wish I could send some of you guys some of our rain.
I have been piling on the mulch to conserve moisture. Got a little rain a couple nights ago. The big show missed us and moved into Indiana.
Prairie Wildfire struggling to get going.
Heard this is good for new plants. Mixed in with compost, garden soil, potting soil, Milorganite, Alfalfa, etc. Anyone else use this stuff for other than eating ? LOL!
Use it every day... but for eating... never heard of using it on plants.
I will contact him and see if he can hold til next week. I really need them in the ground, and it will be a struggle for them to get established in this heat and drought... but I sure don't need them sitting in a box for days before I get back either! Thanks
My first daylily bloomed this week. I am just starting a new bed and was exxcited to see it! I planted some seed but think I am going to have to dig them up and start over. I wasn't aware of the 'proper way' to do them until I asked.
I lost a lot of my Oriental and Asiatic lilies last year through the heat and drought. We had good rains in April but May is a disaster! We have had .15" for the whole month! Yup ... .15! The record set back on 1897 was .80 for the month. The month isn't over but they are not calling for rain the rest of the month, except 10% on Memorial Day. I'm not liking this one little bit! Can some of you share? ^_^
Wish I could share some rain, Crit. We got a good amount today. It was a nice, soaking rain, too, not heavy and driving and windy. My gardens are happy, and so am I. We got lots and lots of rain this month. Hate to make anyone jealous. I feel bad that I can't share the wealth.
Oh, here is my first DL bloom of the year, a NOID. This one has always started blooming the last week of May, and it's been blooming for 2 weeks now, meaning we are about 3 wks ahead here. I will have nothing but annuals in bloom by Sept/Oct, and few of those, as I can't afford that many this year.
Yeah, I am wondering what will be blooming come summer here with all the heat and drought this early on... plus everything being so far ahead of schedule! Strange weather year for sure!
My daughter graduated last Thursday night, and my son is getting married this coming weekend...figured those two occasions were our best shots at rain - and NONE in the forecast. WHo knows...maybe July will be like it was 3 years ago and we will get rain the whole month. But I sure hope we get some soon! My sister is traveling to singapore in June and the way it is now, I will have to go to her house everyday to water...
Hope everyone has a great rest of the week...something tells me I want be back on line for several days! :)
When I contacted Bob he said he was behind in shipping due to weather. He was very quick to respond to inquiries and very good at communications in general. With the size of the plants he sends he wouldn't even have to send bonus plants. But the bonus plants are just as nice as the ones you buy.
DL206, that's a great bunch of daylilies you got from Bob last year. Nice haul on the bonuses! I know I've mentioned this before, but I got just as many bonuses from him last year as plants that I paid for. Still waiting for me box from him for this year, but it should be here soon. Here's what I'm getting:
CARNIVAL IN MEXICO
SPACECOAST DRAGON PRINCE
ROSES IN SNOW
SEAL OF APPROVAL
Yes, I would like to use it for hybridizing as well.
Early this month I got a shipment of DL's from a great seller on eBay from down south. I know I shouldn't be buying southern bred daylilies, as they may not do well for me, but I wanted to use these in hybridizing. Here are the ones I got from her:
TED'S TRIBUTE TO LINDA
TEXAS BEAUTIFUL BOUQUET
MOUNT HERMAN GRACE
THE BAND PLAYED ON
I was gone over the weekend. I came home to find that they are looking great. One even put a scape 12" into the air. It rained nicely while I was gone. All of the garden plants are looking lush and happy. The one with the scape is Edna Selman.
Mike, nice to hear you have lots of blooms on your new DYNAMITE RETURNS. I like that STELLA SPARKY!
Great pics of those 2, DL! Can't wait till mine bloom. I have so many scapes up now. Things are really coming along.
Gary, I'm glad to hear you got some rain. We could use some more, for the gardens, and for a free car wash for me (and for so many others). The pollen is horrendous right now! It's all over everything. My car is covered, as is everyone else's.
We had the 4th dryest May in history since 1897 (.80") with 1.5" of rain. We were below the dryest with .15" until the last couple of days in May. Praise God we are continuing to get nice showers. We received 3/4", then 1/4" and it is raining nice and gentle today.
Love the pics of everyone's DL's. I had 3 roots of Dream Legacy I had received from a swap that were packaged but they never came up. I dug up the area last week and no sign of what I had planted, so I guess all 3 of them were bad. I have received some new plants in trades that already have scapes and I have not even gotten them in the ground. LOL When I have a little dry time, I'll get them in the ground.
I read a post somewhere and didn't know if they were being fecisious or serious so am going to ask you guys. They said DL's love clay soil. What is the verdict on that?
Glad to hear you are getting rain. We got a tiny shower on Wed and Thursday but not enough to make any real difference except just to remember what rain looks like! I had hoped we would get some with the front that came thru but I think it all went south and east of us :( at least some were able to get some much needed rain !
Plus, clay tends to hold moisture in really wet seasons... and I thought they would rot if their roots stayed wet ? I would tend to think they would not like clay. I used to live with clay soil and I didn't find anything that liked it!! Now, I have the other extreme extremely sandy soil... but I would rather have that than clay!
Thanks for the info. I thought that sounded odd. I always amend the soil around new plants I put in about 3x's the size of the plant where there is clay.
We got another 1/2" total the last 2 nights. There are chances of rain everynight for the next week. Not big chances, but at least they are there. I'll take all we can get. I lost so many plants last year to the heat even though I watered and had $150 water bill. If it gets like that this year, I don't know if I will spend the money to water or not. DH is going to make me some rain barrels, but if there is no rain, they don't do much good.
Boy can I totally relate... I lost several plants to the extreme heat and drought of last summer... and then with the dry winter we have had, we are starting out in the hole! I am just trying to keep things alive! I had some health problems starting in late june that went until late September and I couldnt breathe out in our heat and humidity. Lots of things didn't get watered at all ... :( I just wasn't able. My husband watered my main beds and tried to keep them going but we still lot several plants.
I am in the middle of trying to put in a foundation planting in front of my house (only been here 8 years!) and I am watering like crazy trying to keep those new plants going. It is going to be a LONG summer if we don't get some rain! We are on well water... hope it holds out!
Crit, I'm glad to hear you're getting some much needed rain. We got a lot of rain today, and more for tonight. Should be good for at least a week, though it looks like we may be getting more this coming week, but not a lot. Fine with me.
We have not had an extreme drought here like some of you have had. It was hot and dry last summer, and I might have lost one or two things, but no daylilies were lost. Did no supplemental watering, either, for the most part. We have a well, and really can't water too much, as we run the chance of it getting too low. Plus it ups our electric bill and puts a lot of strain on the pump, which isn't good to begin with. Besides, I do enough watering with all the pots I have of stuff for sale, plus all the containers of annuals I put out every year. I have not put out too many this year, as I just don't have enough money for much. Have not made enough sales yet.
As for growing daylilies in clay soil, I know a hybridizer in Ohio, Richard Norris, who grows his in clay. He calls his seedling beds the 'clay soup' beds. Seems they do well there. He never babies his plants, so he know they're hardy and tough.
Yes, irises would have a problem with clay soil. They do better in sandy soil. When I live in Fallon, NV, the soil there was all sand. Irises loved it. We don't have clay soil here, but a lot of it is quite, and with all the freeze thaw patterns we have in winter, and frost heaving and wetness in the spring, we have a lot of problems with irises rotting.
Do you have a website or just sell locally? Sorry, I am fairly new to the DL forum - well actually hung out here some when I first joined DG but got overwhelmed ... now I am at least visiting the forum some and trying to learn more about the DLs and TRYING to avoid putting everyone on my want list! (which is one reason I had to leave this forum!) :)
My regular daylily bed is in good soil, but I have heavy clay in the front. I do amend the soil with MG Garden Mix and I also have donkey and horse manure from my critters. There is a large barn that has lots of dry rotted manure in it that hasn't been leached out by the rain. I have been using that too.
Sounds like you have a gold mine there with that manure! I tried to buy some horse manure several years back when I was starting my first flower bed here at my new home... and the guy wouldn't sell me horse manure but brought me a load out of his steer pen... ended up digging syringe tops and ear tags and various other objects out of my bed for years!!! Plus, it was a tiny load for 75 dollars so now I go buy it by the bag - but at least I think I get more for my money and I don't have to deal with foreign objects.
My Dad used to put horse manure on my mom's roses every year and they were always so beautiful!
Guess i need to get me a horse! :)
Genna, I don't have a website, but I was selling on DG Marketplace until the shut it down. Now I'm selling on the Lily Auction, though I don't have any auctions up at that moment. My username there is daylilylady. If you would like a list in Word format of all my available cultivars, I would be happy to send it to your personal email address. Just dmail it to me.
Mike, thanks for the compliment.
Crit, I would think if you do a really good amendment to begin with, then topdress every year with the manure, you should have excellent soil in a few years. Your daylilies should love it!
Genna, I'm able to get excellent quality composted cow manure from a local farm, about 5 yards for $90, including delivery. It's such great stuff, really fine, no foreign objects and looks nice, too. Makes great fertilizer/mulch, with no weed seeds, and looks very attractive. I top dress my beds, and it really improves them, though I have to admit that I'm blessed with fantastic soil here. Shovels cut through it like butter, and it's very fertile.