GingerJar, you have a nice secluded and private set up. looking forward to pics of your blooms. I have several with scapes and one "Prairie Wildfire" that have flowers opened on it that the cold nights took its toll on.
Can't wait for the blooms to get going!! We're getting a nice rain today, so that's very welcome. Since we put up a fence to keep out the deer a few years ago, the main hazard for our daylilies is drought. We have our own well, and it isn't capable to allow us to do significant irrigation. Of course, there's also thrips and aphids. Farming of all types has many hazards.
Wow what a pretty yard! I have some DLs blooming but the nights are getting down in the the mid to high 50s and so they are not opening well :( then the daytime temps hit the high 80s or 90s. I am sure they are confused about what they are supposed to be doing!!
It is bone dry here...going to be a rough summer if we don't get some rain soon!
First bloom today on Tigerland. This one has always shown a lot of thrip damage in our garden in other years, so I'm pleased to see how good this first bloom seems. I just see two small specks on the bloom. I did spray once early, but have started using a systemic insecticide that you sprinkle around the base of each plant. Also at someone's suggestion on the AHS website I've planted white alyssum in the daylily beds. She said that it attracts some insect that eats aphids and thrips. We'll see. Anyway the alyssum looks nice.
I do know all their names. We do have labels on them, but I can usually identify them just by a glance. Don't mean to boast. It's just how it is. I'm obviously obsessed. Of course, some of our neighbors accuse me of just making up the names as I go along. Not truie!!!
Boast all you want to; I think if one works with their plants on a regular basis, you seem to remember their names. Plus seeing the Plant ID markers over and over helps one to remember. Only trouble some are so similar in looks, how old would you say your daylily garden is? I can't wait to see pictures of it all in bloom..we hope you'll share your pics with us here on this forum. Are daylilies the only flowers you grow?
I've grown some daylilies since the early 70's, but didn't go crazy until about 2003 when we joined the American Hemerocallis Society and the local Free State Daylily Society. You shold join. We have a great time. Our show will be on July 8 at the Cylburn Arboretum. It's open to the public.
We have a couple shade beds witn Hosta, Coral Bells and ferns. My wife has quite a few cone flowers of several colors, azaleas, hydrangea, etc. We also have lots of daffodils for some early color.
So nice, Don! I love your gardens. Lots of nice daylilies. Great porch, too. What a nice place to sit and admire all those DL's!
I'm surprised you wanted to show off pics of your beds before the came into bloom. I rarely take pics of the beds when not in bloom, as they don't excite me much then. If there's other perennials in bloom there, then I'll take some pics of those.
Like you, I pretty much remember all the names of each of my daylilies. Rarely ever have to look at the tags. People are amazed I can remember so many names. You do, cause you love them so much, and you go out and photograph them on a daily basis, then spend hours in the winter labeling you pics (or at least I do, anyhow). I have a huge collection of pics with all my DL's, with multiples of most of them. I never get tired of taking pics of them, but I have become more picky since last summer, as I found I was spending too much time taking pics, and I had too many gardening chores that needed doing. Now I stick to taking pics of only the best looking blooms, unless they're new ones and I just need some pics for my records.
I can relate to every thing you say, Karen. The reason I showed the pictures after we live headed was to show the difference just a few hours later when the next day's blooms opened. The reason I showed the beds before the season started was again to show the contrast a few weeks would make. Obviously I'm daylily-wacky!
I've never live headed, only dead headed. I do it when I have a sale or visitors, or just on the ones I'm taking pics of to make the pics look better. Otherwise, there's just no time. On Thurs. and Fri. I don't get home from work till 7:30, and I go straight to my gardens to see what's blooming and take pics. I love how they look in the late evening. This year I have a tripod, so I'll be able to get some clearer shots, as the shutter speed becomes slower in the late evening light.
Here are a few pics from July 2010 in my late evening beds.