Author Archives: John Hric

About John Hric

a gardener in north east ohio. Mostly organic, I used to have a vegetable garden. Now except for the raspberries it is mostly flower garden. And more and more that is becoming mostly daylilies. With a sprinkling of other things here and there.

Open Hearth

there are children from this plant here in the garden. at least half a dozen. this is the diploid version with 22 chromosomes. the tetraploid version sits on the opposite side of the garden. there are some tet kids too. and the more i think of it there are crosses i have not made that should be made. i am still in that early summer folder. not even july. i need to save some pollen from both versions of this flower and use it on the mid seasons and late bloomers. something exciting might happen…

Delta Force

back to the beginning of summer. this flower is one that blooms early in the season. it is an 8.5 inch 22 cm flower and stands 38 inches 97 cm. it has been used in some crosses the last couple of years. there are more seeds from Delta Force this summer. it is able to pass on it’s large open star shaped flowers to its children…

learning permit

this is what is called a variegated seedling. it has both white and green tissues in the leaves. it is a new seedling this year. it started the year growing right up against one of its siblings. both of them were moved together to a better sunnier spot. a couple of weeks ago i separated them because the sibling was out growing this one. it was crowding this one out. the shock of being separated caused the loss of all the leaves and i thought it was lost. slowly new leaves came back. still it is a very tiny plant. it has only a thin strip of green chlorophyll running down the center of the each leaf. not much to make its own food and grow. it will be interesting to see how this one grows. and how long it takes to mature…

red

picture first. text second. from earlier this summer. one of the reasons i like daylilies is they come in many sizes. from flowers 2 inches 5 cm to 12 inches 30 cm across. this flower is in the 6 inch 15 cm range. similarly height can vary from down at your ankles to up in your face looking you right in the eye. lots of choices…

Third Act

insert title first. early this morning the block editor surprised me. i did the opposite of insert title first. there may be a way to insert title second. i have not found it yet. and i was not about to look in the wee small hours of the morning. now to the flower. Third Act. it is what is called an unusual form. long curls like wood shavings. at least that is one of the behaviors unusual forms can possess. the flower is 10 inches 25 cm across and stands 41 in 102 cm high.

well that almost worked out as intended. the block editor does not like any hesitation on assigning the title. it did take my title Pele’s Fiery Cauldron. however as far as WP is concerned this post is 18587. it did not change my name to 24601. that is a bit of luck. having just an image and no text in the first version threw a few other things out of wack. lord only knows what this late addition of text will do. please keep your seat belts fastened until the post comes to a full and complete stop.

shuffle

making more holes in the garden. taking plants out. planning to move plants in to those newly emptied spaces. and planning to empty that seedling bed for new seeds next spring. would it be a terribly corny thing to say it is a holey task and i dig it ? hmmm too late. there are about a dozen keepers that need to find a spot in the first round of moves. and 30 or so in the second round of moves. and several more moves to clean out the rest of the seedling bed. i need to stop counting. the days are getting shorter. and i am not getting any younger. and while i can move these plants right up until the ground freezes it is better if the roots have as much time a possible to get established for next spring. and while this shuffle is taking place the labels need to move with the plants. and hopefully land with the same plant they started out with. sure what could go wrong…

sgs

yes virginia acronyms can be done in lower case. it does confuse the bejeebers out of people for a bit. and then they get over it. or they don’t. so anyway back to sgs. sleepy geezers syndrome you know too many naps. scheduled or unscheduled it don’t matter. the thing is my laptop may have caught it from me. now it has a problem waking up from sleep mode. sometimes it comes back. and sometimes it says nothing. it just kinda rolls over and keeps sleeping. sgs – even laptops get it. now about that flower. i better post it quick before the next nap hits. or slumbers in. Delightful Little Treasure from an image taken earlier this summer…

fennel

normally fennel and other carrot family plants are in our garden to attract predatory wasps. a natural form of pest control. this is one other reason to plant fennel. a host plant for swallowtail caterpillars…