Daylily season is starting

There are not many – but they are there. Bloom scapes are starting. Plants ordered a few weeks ago are starting to arrive.

Two orders came in this week and spaces were made. Daffodils and iris moved aside and more daylilies took their place. Shaka Zulu and several more are now in the garden.

600 seeds have been planted and they are starting to sprout. Along with 1800 weeds.

Happy weeding time is here !        ( may 9 2008 )

Some things happen accidentally, like a plant that once planted changes the garden around itself.  Perhaps this page will be like that.  Even in ending – the next season is in a way beginning.  The seeds from one year are of the same cycle as the fading leaves.  Yet they mark the beginning of the next cycle, the year of growth to come.  Even if it begins with a deep breath and a long pause.

This page kinda found its own spot.  It was meant to be just another post.  One more among others.  For now it will not be moved.

Some new plants have been ordered.  Well new to this garden.  Trahlyta was introduced in 1982.  It has been here 3 or 4 years.   The tetraploid version, which I just ordered, has been around I will guess almost 10 years.   I liked the original so much that I want them both.   Think of them as nearly identical twins going in two different directions.

Besides the new plants there are all those seeds collected from last year’s garden.  Not even half of them will fit here.  So the choosing must begin…… yes master Yoda I must focus.  But they all look the same.  Shiny little black gems full of promise.

The season starts again…

( 4/14/9 )


13 thoughts on “Daylily season is starting

  1. scollins2013

    I am new to gardening. But out of nowhere I have quickly acquired a passion. I am in the process of starting a small organic farm using the square-foot gardening method. I would like to eventually plant some flowers as well. Maybe soon. Right now I’m just hoping for a good season.

    1. John Hric Post author

      I wish you well with your adventure gardening. Don’t forget to leave a few wild places for the predator bugs to live. I hope we all have a good garden season. We could do with a bit of calm normal weather. Flowers can be a good and beneficial addition to the garden.

  2. Nana Tee

    Ah, now this explains it. I wonder if that double yellow lily is a tetraploid. It’s petals were noticeably thicker than my other lilies and the color was intense.

    1. John Hric Post author

      Possibly. Tetraploids are generally a bit heavier a plant. That does not always make the petals thicker. And there are plenty of thick petaled diploids. So it is just a rule of thumb. The easiest way to tell is to take a known tetraploid or diploid and cross them to the plant in question. Mark the crosses so you know which is the dip and tet cross. If it sets a pod, you should grow it out to harvest and see if the seeds germinate. The general rule is you can cross same to same, tet to tet and dip to dip. You can set a ‘starter’ pod on a tet plant with dip pollen but eventually the pod usually fails. There will not be any mature seed. Every once in a great while you will find a dip plant that will set viable seed on a tet pod parent. But that is a whole nother story. Thanks for stopping bye ! Nana Tee

  3. reocochran

    I have to add after reading your post and looking at the beauty of spring and early summer flowers that I absolutely love irises and also, flowering trees. The wafting smell of lilacs and the irises met me at the bend of a walk recently. Thanks for the lovely read!

    1. John Hric Post author

      Most of the pictures are from my garden. Others are from gardens that we have visited. I do grow a lot of daylilies here. We have about 500 daylilies purchased from other growers. In many, though not all, cases they are purchased from the hybridizer. The person who made the cross and grew, selected, and named the seedling. Every year about 500 seeds are planted here in the garden. It is our own game of daylily musical chairs. Glad you enjoy the flowers.


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