Daylily Update

The deer battle continues. I have pulled out all the stops.

We have fence. We have Deer Scram.

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We have stakes. We have bird netting.

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So far so good.

Here are a few survivors.

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Whooperee daylily
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Gentle Shepherd daylily
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Mabel Nolan daylily
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Strutter’s Ball daylily

I cannot let the deer learn to eat my flowers or they will stay in the area and only eat my juicy flowers.

I am being cruel to be kind.  I do not believe in interfering with nature.

I do not feed the birds(except hummingbirds) because they stay in one area

and the bird’s of prey learn to hunt there most of the time

and everybody gets lazy and crowded and spreads diseases…

It’s not nice to fool with Mother Nature!

FLOW in the KNOW

 

 

Daylily Days II

Here are six more dayliles that just started blooming in the past week.

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Purple Pinwheel
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Mac the Knife
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Nowhere To Hide

I must admit that Nowhere to Hide is one of my favorites. Its color with dark veins and ruffled-edged petals make it unique. It was given to me by my friends Joyce and Jimmy.

I love each of these six. Each has its own attributes.  I am fascinated by the subtle variations.

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Emperor’s Butterfly

‘Sound and Fury’ really stands out with its rusty orange blooms.  It has been moved and abused numerous times, so I was glad to see it blooming today.

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Sound and Fury

 

‘Gentle Shepherd’ is really that white.  It was given to me by my sister-in-law, Dana.

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Gentle Shepherd

My Easter Lily is also blooming this week. The two look similar, don’t they?

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Easter Lily

Gentle Shepherd is a slow grower.  I divided it four years ago and it still has not recovered.

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The Daylily Parade

The first in line was Whooperee on May 30, 2015.  The last to bloom was Sabre’ Salina on August 12, 2015. The parade of blooms lasted 72 days. I enjoyed every single morning of walking around with my camera.

I must admit I missed some bloomers due to a week of back pain and a week of vacation. I also left out the spiders. I omitted the six or seven that don’t have names, except for the yellow giant(pictured with Santa). That one was too big to ignore.

I have many daylilies because my best friend used to have a beautiful daylily farm.  They gave me many of these. (Thanks Joyce and Jimmy.)

How do I remember all the names?  My little secret is etching the names onto colored plastic knives from any party store.  I use a Dremel tool, that way the names don’t fade away like when you write them with a sharpie. I stick these knives in the ground near the base of the plant. When I want the name, I look for the colored handle and pull it from the ground; instead of trying to pull the name out of my brain.  It’s so much easier than trying to remember them all.

If your daylilies don’t bloom, it’s time for some fertilizer and more water. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to divide them or they are not getting enough sun.

If anyone offers you an orange, old type named Kwanso; politely say no and run away as fast as you can. It’s the kudzu of the daylily family. It will spread and is very hard to get rid of.

#1 Whooperee/May 30028

#2 tied Sammy Russell and Mac The Knife/ June 2

Sammy Russell Mac The Knife

#3 Emperor Butterfly/June 4Emperor Butterfly/June 4

Smokey Mountain Autumn
Smokey Mountain Autumn
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Oh, no!!! Kwanso
Purple Pinwheel
Purple Pinwheel
Sabra Salina
Sabra Salina

Changing Latitudes

Delicate Treasure
Delicate Treasure
Mabel Nolan
Mabel Nolan
Gentle Shepard
Gentle Shepard
OH, No! Kwanso
Kwanso again! Dig it up before it spreads some more!
Radiant Greetings
Radiant Greetings
Little Lila
Little Lila
Lavender Rainbow
Lavender Rainbow
Nowhere to hide
Nowhere to Hide
Sovereign Queen
Sovereign Queen
Raphael Daylily
Raphael Daylily
Laura Harwood
Laura Harwood
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Sebastian
Last bloom 2015
Last bloom 2015
Sabre' Salina
Sabre’ Salina

Featured Image -- 640This  giant, yellow daylily is the workhorse of the bunch. Its blooms are the biggest and it blooms the longest.

I hate to tell you this, but I do not know its name.

We got it many years ago at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens daylily sale.

If you haven’t been to DSBG, you must visit it if you come to North Carolina.

It and Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina are my two favorite places on this planet.

Follow the Flower!