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Daylilies: Our Garden Shortly Before Daylily Bloom Season

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gingerjar
La Plata, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 13, 2012
5:43 AM

Post #9121821

Soon there will be daylily blooms everywhere, so I decided to take a few prebloom shots this morning. The only blooms we have so far are on Stella's Sparky.

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gingerjar
La Plata, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 13, 2012
5:50 AM

Post #9121830

And just a few more shots ! In the last one, our Knockout Roses are peeking through the fence to hobnob with the daylilies (and shading them !)

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kimbar
Beaverton, MI

May 13, 2012
12:59 PM

Post #9122253

Gingerjar love your yard the deck reminds me of a treehouse must be a nice veiw
from there, I dont have anyb scapess yet but soon. I hope.

HazelCrestMikeB

HazelCrestMikeB
Hazel Crest, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 14, 2012
5:27 AM

Post #9122949

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.
gingerjar
La Plata, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 14, 2012
5:54 AM

Post #9122973

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.
gen2026
Camden, AR

May 14, 2012
6:55 AM

Post #9123064

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!

Genna
DitchLily206
Madison, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 14, 2012
8:23 AM

Post #9123227

Eagerly awaiting pictures, but not I am sure, as eagerly as you are waiting for the actual blooms! LOL
Lyle627
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

May 14, 2012
9:41 AM

Post #9123333

Don - Your garden is awesome, can't wait to see the blooms...
gingerjar
La Plata, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 14, 2012
11:11 AM

Post #9123458

Thanks! Lots of scapes now, but only blooms on Stella's Sparky. By the way, that was hybridized by a long time member of one of our local clubs- National Capitol Daylily Club.
hemlady
Melvindale, MI
(Zone 5a)

May 19, 2012
5:17 AM

Post #9129344

Very very nice!!!
gingerjar
La Plata, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2012
7:35 AM

Post #9129433

Third bloomer of the season after Stella's Sparky and Stella D'Oro is out today. It's Bali Watercolor.

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gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 19, 2012
1:37 PM

Post #9129731

Bali watercolor is a great looking flower.

Does it have strong scapes?
gingerjar
La Plata, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 19, 2012
7:46 PM

Post #9130079

It seems to. I don't have it in the best location-somewhat shady, but I don't recall it ever falling over or leaning too much.
gingerjar
La Plata, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 20, 2012
7:01 AM

Post #9130418

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.


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mcash70
Logan Lake, BC
(Zone 3a)

May 20, 2012
7:51 AM

Post #9130478

Very nice!!

HazelCrestMikeB

HazelCrestMikeB
Hazel Crest, IL
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2012
9:44 AM

Post #9130605

Don, I like Tigerland.
gingerjar
La Plata, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 21, 2012
4:04 AM

Post #9131465

Here's Mexicali Miss. She's often been the first to bloom here, but this year she's sixth.

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gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 21, 2012
2:36 PM

Post #9132338

Tigerland reminds me of 'Port Orange'. Its nice.

I remember your 'Miss' from previous year. What a nice saturated orange.
gen2026
Camden, AR

May 21, 2012
6:43 PM

Post #9132678

Love that Tigerland!!

gingerjar
La Plata, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 22, 2012
7:59 AM

Post #9133355

Three first time bloomers this year on May 22:
Merry Moppet
Spacecoast Firestarter
Christine Dixon

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mcash70
Logan Lake, BC
(Zone 3a)

May 24, 2012
7:37 AM

Post #9136410

Very nice!
Cynthia59P
Horse Cave, KY

May 24, 2012
9:40 AM

Post #9136614

Gingerjar,
You have such a beautiful home and gardens. You must work in it daily to keep it looking that good. We'll done!
gingerjar
La Plata, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 24, 2012
10:17 AM

Post #9136655

Thank you ! My wife and I do spend a lot of time at it, but we love it.
gingerjar
La Plata, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 25, 2012
7:43 AM

Post #9137896

Kiss My Grits

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mcash70
Logan Lake, BC
(Zone 3a)

May 25, 2012
12:29 PM

Post #9138290

Pretty!!
gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

May 25, 2012
3:17 PM

Post #9138538

I just loved my KMG last year. I thought it had such clear colors. It has nary a scape this year.
gingerjar
La Plata, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 26, 2012
3:43 PM

Post #9139663

Wonder Why?
gen2026
Camden, AR

May 29, 2012
7:27 AM

Post #9143002

Oh my, I love, love, love that Kiss My Grits!!

gingerjar
La Plata, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 5, 2012
3:16 PM

Post #9153569

Here's a couple shots of the garden taken as we approach peak. They were taken from our porch area.

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gen2026
Camden, AR

June 6, 2012
7:33 AM

Post #9154418

Really pretty... bet it is nice to just sit out there and enjoy a cup of coffee and enjoy the blooms!

gingerjar
La Plata, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 6, 2012
8:16 AM

Post #9154485

Oh,Yeah!
gen2026
Camden, AR

June 6, 2012
9:39 AM

Post #9154568

Curious... how far apart do ya'll usually plant your DLs??
gingerjar
La Plata, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 6, 2012
11:27 AM

Post #9154701

Probably too close-in some cases, about 18 to 24 inches. Better to have them farther apart, but then you can't have as many. LOL
gen2026
Camden, AR

June 6, 2012
11:46 AM

Post #9154719

LOL... I know what you mean and since mine are just starting out they look pretty sparse in the beds!

Thanks!
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 12, 2012
12:59 PM

Post #9162389

Do you know the names of all of them? Wow! What else do you grow in your gardens?
gingerjar
La Plata, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 12, 2012
1:18 PM

Post #9162443

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!!!
Pippi21
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

June 12, 2012
2:41 PM

Post #9162529

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?
gingerjar
La Plata, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 12, 2012
3:36 PM

Post #9162594

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.
gingerjar
La Plata, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 13, 2012
7:24 PM

Post #9164257

Here's what the daylily patches looked like this afternoon after we live headed all the blooms in anticipation of garden visitors tomorrow. It's quite a job!

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gingerjar
La Plata, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 14, 2012
7:42 PM

Post #9165605

and here's some of what our visitors saw today

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gen2026
Camden, AR

June 14, 2012
8:20 PM

Post #9165668

Beautiful!

nutsfordaylily

nutsfordaylily
Halifax, MA
(Zone 6a)

June 14, 2012
9:57 PM

Post #9165773

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.

Karen
gingerjar
La Plata, MD
(Zone 7a)

June 15, 2012
3:25 AM

Post #9165859

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!
caitlinsgarden
McGregor, IA
(Zone 4b)

June 15, 2012
4:57 AM

Post #9165918

Mother Nature did it again! (With a little help from her friends ) (;>)
gardenglory
Gainesville, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 15, 2012
5:42 PM

Post #9166839

The live heading really paid off. Those are just beautiful. Without the dead ones, all the colors just show off.
I know you were proud of that today, and you should be !!

nutsfordaylily

nutsfordaylily
Halifax, MA
(Zone 6a)

June 15, 2012
7:00 PM

Post #9166922

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.

Karen

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HazelCrestMikeB

HazelCrestMikeB
Hazel Crest, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 16, 2012
10:44 AM

Post #9167593

Very nice Karen.

nutsfordaylily

nutsfordaylily
Halifax, MA
(Zone 6a)

June 16, 2012
7:17 PM

Post #9168110

Thanks.

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