Saturday, April 30, 2016

Daylily Garden, More Photos

Milk Thistle

Isn't this a pretty thing?
We don't usually care for weeds, but this plant
decided to visit us this year, and I think it is
a lovely specimen, and decided to share.
I have no idea where this plant came from, and
have never seen one up close and personal.
It is not in full bloom yet, so perhaps another
photo to share in the next few days. 
It's taller than I am.     
We will have to be cautious about allowing
any seeds to form as this plant has
an unbelievable amount of thorns. Wouldn't
want a field full of these plants. It will soon
have to go the same route as other invasive
weeds.  
Pink Wisteria Sinensis After the Freeze

Much to my pleasant surprise, this wisteria
bloomed enough to get a photo. About half of the 
buds didn't make it due to the freeze, but this
was nice anyway. Just guessing, but this tree-
shaped wisteria is somewhere in the 
neighborhood of 20 feet wide or more.  
 
Seedling Bed Ready for Planting

The above photo shows one bed ready for 
planting. Composted leaves were added 
to the bed and tilled in to improve the soil.

This bed will hold approximately 400 plants.
We had a total of 417 plants this year.
Recent rains prohibited earlier planting, and
the seedlings are outgrowing the pots, so it
is past time to get them in the ground.

Currently we are experiencing overcast days
and more rain. The bed has been covered to
keep the soil from being drenched again.  
Hopefully, in between rains we can get the
seedlings planted. Can't complain about the 
rain as it has been quite dry out there for 
the last two months.  

To label the row numbers and cross data, we use 
metal mini blinds cut in 8 inch lengths with
one end cut into a V-shape which
makes it easier to insert the mini blind 
into the soil. A Painter's Pen is used
to label the mini blinds, and the writing on the
mini blinds remains legible for a  
a few years. Also the mini blinds can be
reused. The metal ones last longer for us than
those made of plastic.   
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Daylily seedlings planted
Planted the seedlings on May 2, 3, and 4.  They
are already growing new centers, so the plants
are doing very well.

Also, everything, grass, trees,
bushes, you name it, all the garden is 
beginning to show the summer green
colors, and daylily scapes are ascending
all over the garden. The transformation that
occurs from spring to summer is very fast
it seems, and that means daylily bloom 
season is almost here. Maybe in a couple
to three weeks. Three seedlings bloomed
yesterday, and that is indeed very early
for this location, but with cool nights,
the blooms were not that appealing.
It took approximately 3 weeks from
the sighting of a small scape for the
buds to open into bloom. 

The pink flags mark plants to be 
considered for registration.  
         
   

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Spring 2016 Around the Daylily Garden

Daylily Garden Southern View
We have been busy pulling weeds, moving plants,
and installing some new ones. Mulch is next on
the agenda, and from the photos it looks like
mulch is sorely needed. The area around the
tree in the forefront and the bench is to be
landscaped to facilitate easier mowing. It's difficult
to mow square corners, and curves are more
favorable to me.

Noticed daylily scapes today on a few registered
as EE (early) plants, and several daylily seedlings.
Kiss of Paradise, Tet. Peppermint Delight, and 
Dancing Jubilee are the registered ones so far.
I can't believe these plants are scaping this early,
but we have had high temps and about an inch o
rain recently. That will do it!          
Purple Herbert and White Azaleas

Pink azaleas planted in between will bloom last.
Some of the pink ones have begun to flower.
Then the azaleas will be done for the year.
 
The pink tree form in the distance is the pink
wisteria damaged by freeze. Still, the blooms
that escaped damage made me happy. Most of
the flowering trees, shrubs, and spring bulbs
are not flowering as well this year due to the
freezes. The daffodils, however, managed to 
bloom at just the right time. The daffodil beds
were very nice, but I didn't get any photos of
them.         
Daylily Garden Western View
The grass needs warmer temps to green up, and
some more seeding. Some areas are seeded now.

Gardens require a lot of work, and the to-do lists
grow longer each year. Still, it's worth the 
effort and the advantages of exercise. 
 
This is the view from a large kitchen window. 
During the year and especially during
spring and summer, this view is the first
of the outside we see in the morning, and the last
thing we see before retiring for the night.
So, if any garden or other problem presents
itself, we are acutely aware, and we 
have had a few. Like deer, for example.
A deer fence eliminated that problem,
however.