Friday, September 26, 2008


Variegated Daylilies

Note the all-green "reversion" leaves in this Kwanso variegata- they must be culled, or they will ultimately take over, since they are actually more efficient. I dig up the clump every year or two and compost the reverts.
My variegated Tiger's Eye is still alive, but still one fan. I've moved it to a better spot for next year. The pattern isn't always 50/50, and color varies. But the bloom is definitely Tiger's Eye.
These cheap ($10) trellises I bought from the craft store have been recycled below:
I got this trick from Betty Harwood- she elevated some of her plant labels on (pvc?) pipe. I use the steel tubing from surplus trellis to bring the tags up to readable and photographable height. My favorite non-daylily new plant this year is this Ligularia- still looks good after a year with alternate droughts and drownings.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008


Polytepal Nature Girl NOT a Fluke!

Today I got another 4x4 polytepal Nature Girl. Had another on the 15th.
Beautiful Edgings continues to amaze! It's been blooming since June- just keeps building buds, and there are two more on this scape. AND a proliferation, which I managed to pop off and put in water today.
My Flore Pleno patch on the left was sneaking into adjacent cultivars, so this is my solution: vinyl siding makes an excellent separator strip, deeper than any other edging material I know. I think it should be angled with the top farther away from the "aggressive" side, so roots hitting the barrier don't go down and under. I try to set it an inch or so above ground level, so it gets just covered by the mulch.
And this is my poor man's shade cloth, picnic umbrellas from the dollar store or the party store, I can't remember which right now. It protects new transplants and proliferations while they get roots established.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Tuscawilla Tigress Isn't Orange?

This color "defect" above might be of interest to hybridizers: it appears Tuscawilla Tigress isn't Orange, it's really YELLOW with a red overlay!
I didn't notice when I took this Nature Girl photo that it's a 4x4 polytepal.
Penn Hort Society had a Member's Day event in Philadelphia and invited other plant groups to participate with informational displays.
And here's Dave! DVDS President Dave Guleke manned the DVDS display all day- that's dedication deserving a medal!
Siloam Plum Tree is a dependable rebloomer for me- look at those buds!


GSDG Auction & Where I Put Them

Do you have a problem with voles, tree roots, or both? This is my equivalent to planting a pot in the ground, but with better drainage. The black "sack" is known as a "tree bag"; the inside is treated to keep tree roots from penetrating the bag in the nursery. I turn it inside out to keep tree roots from growing INTO the bag, then encase the bag in 1/4" wire cloth to keep voles out. The wire has to extend a couple inches above the ground, but the bag must be buried or it wicks moisture away from the plant. In places I just have voles OR roots, I'll use one or the other.
These were blooming the day of the DVDS Sale & Auction. Top row Just Plum Happy, Carolicollosal, Be Thankful, Grape Magic and Showtime Now. Bottom = Stella, Happy Returns, Little Wine Cup, Siloam Double Fringe, and Commanche Maiden.
I bought more plants at the auction than I had space for, so I was finally forced to get rid of this pile of dirt that's been sitting here for over a year, to build the ramp to the right hand garage door you see in the background. But after filling in the ramp (at right, below), I still had a big ol' pile of dirt left. So rather than move it, I built this block wall around the remaining pile and got a raised bed for my DVDS and GSDG auction wins.


DVDS Split & Splash Daylilies (August 16)

It's been a busy month, starting with DVDS Split & Splash, where we get together to split & tag the donated daylilies we sell the next Saturday in Paoli, PA.
Cynthia Marriott brought these from her garden: from top left= Shimmering Sunray, Third Witch, Unknown Red, a Don Herr seedling, (row 2) Last Man Standing, Tiger Prince, Mynelle's Starfish, Fancy Button; (row 3) Don Herr seedling, Victoria's Secret, Twice as Nice, Fire King.
Terry Oates' Point of View, Bridgeton Gem, Beautiful Edgings; (Row 2, inset) Lady Neva, Be Thankful (orange), Showtime Now (Lavender), Frans Hals; (row 3) Tuscawilla Tigress, Chesapeake Crablegs, Harwood seedling HS-40 from Ruddys, and Bridgeton Eyecatcher; (bottom row) Peacock Maiden, Night Vision, Little Wine Cup, Siloam Double Fringe, and Commanche Maiden.
Jacque' DeJesse's (top row) Point of View, Cool Cassie, and Annabelle Rose; (row 2) Subliminal Message, Cerulean Star rebloom, Nicole Joyce, Singing In the Sunshine; (bottom) Planet Max, Red Hill, Jersey Jim, Sandra Elizabeth, and The Sky is Falling.
On August 12, I started 7 proliferations from one clump of Jim Murphy's "Rocket Science". I use Cynthia Marriott's method- stick it in water just up to the root line until roots are about an inch long, then plant directly into garden soil. You can sometimes pop the prolif off the scape, and get it started without sacrificing any unbloomed buds, but the scape gives the prolif support during the rooting process. I cut off the scape before planting, but Cynthia leaves it on if possible to provide aditional support.

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