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Eli
Jun 7, 2013 12:03 PM CST
Bought a new house with a south facing bed crammed
with Daylillies. What to do? Shrug!
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gardenglory
Jun 7, 2013 12:04 PM CST
Enjoy, take pictures during bloom season so you know what is what, and divide in the fall if needed.
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lovemyhouse
Jun 7, 2013 12:06 PM CST
Welcome! Eli.

Depends on how much work you want to do. Divide them and replant around the property, give them to neighbors, call a community garden to come clean it up for you, donate to a nursing home or community facility...the possibilities would hinge on your preferences.
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beth14kk9
Jun 7, 2013 1:24 PM CST
A new hobby is born??
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OldGardener
Jun 7, 2013 1:46 PM CST
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beth14kk9 said:A new hobby is born??


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tink3472
Jun 7, 2013 2:36 PM CST
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Welcome Eli Welcome!
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daylily
Jun 7, 2013 3:04 PM CST
Welcome! Eli and Beth!

Hmmm.... new house with existing daylilies.

If it were me? I would take them out, compost and start over. Thumbs up

but then, I like to know what I have, and grow only what I like. *Blush*
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Natalie
Jun 7, 2013 3:25 PM CST
beth14kk9 said:A new hobby is born??


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Welcome! Eli & Beth!
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farmerbell
Jun 7, 2013 4:16 PM CST
Welcome! Welcome! Welcome! I love the title of the thread, because my first reaction was to think there is no such thing as too many daylilies! If it were me, I would want to see them bloom before I dug them all up. You might like some and want to keep them.
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Char
Jun 7, 2013 5:47 PM CST

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That was my thought too Ann! I agree, I would wait to see them blooming, decide what if any, maybe all, I wanted to keep and then decide on dividing, replanting etc.

Welcome! to the forum Eli.
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fiwit
Jun 7, 2013 6:08 PM CST
What Ann and Char said. Also, you might see if there's a local daylily society nearby, or your county master gardeners. If you don't want them, those would be good folks to help you find new homes for them.
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Eli
Jun 11, 2013 10:31 AM CST
Thank you everyone! I decided to dig the lilies up slowly and compost and amend the soil. I did feel bad but they were crammed in there. I then said a garden prayer that goes like this, 'Please make me open and aware to the plants that are trying to come my way.' I'm not that religious but very opened minded and a tad spiritual. The very next day someone gave me a Clematis shrub! I didn't know there was even such a plant. So then I said another prayer that went like this,' Please make me open and get me out of my own way so that my garden can flourish and become what it desires.' Now I think I will try a little meditation and just sit quietly with my garden in mind. Has anyone heard of Findhorn? And yes I still feel guilty for yanking the lilies. Their little stretched fingers...
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fiwit
Jun 11, 2013 10:35 AM CST
Eli, what cool prayers! Thumbs up
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Natalie
Jun 11, 2013 10:37 AM CST
I just can't imagine digging up those daylilies without seeing them bloom first! They may be the most beautiful flowers ever! I think I need to meditate now!
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Cinta
Jun 12, 2013 10:09 PM CST
Natalie said:I just can't imagine digging up those daylilies without seeing them bloom first! They may be the most beautiful flowers ever! I think I need to meditate now!


Rolling on the floor laughing Natalie my thoughts too,

I have purchased several houses in my life. I never dig anything for a year until I see what is there. I have to sit and get to know my new garden areas. I bond with my gardens.

I do not understand but Eli if it is what you wanted to do to feel happy with your gardens you did the right thing.

This is one of the reason it is a good idea if you are selling your house if possible dig up your plants and take them with you. Plant some grass seeds.
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Name: Natalie
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Natalie
Jun 12, 2013 10:50 PM CST
Cinta, we just bought a new house, and I've been enjoying the things that are growing here. Many I have never seen before, so I'm like a kid in a candy store! I did bring some of my own plants with me, but left about a thousand behind. We have lots of land here, but no extra flower beds yet, so I knew I if I dug up every plant I had, I would need to rent a moving van just for them, and then they would probably die while I built them a place to live. I've been very happy with everything that has bloomed here!
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Cinta
Jun 13, 2013 12:37 AM CST
I don't want to hijack Eli's post but I understand what you are saying.
I have always enjoyed running around my new property and see what is blooming that I did not plant. It is like a surprise party. I have never been disappointed. I have moved my finds or added to what is planted.

But as I said everyone garden differently. What is fun for us can be a nightmare for someone else.

Eli
Jun 13, 2013 8:42 AM CST
I did see pics of what was there. I forgot to mention that also. It was what made me decide.I had many mixed feelings myself..
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Cinta
Jun 13, 2013 8:55 AM CST
Eli I understand I like daylilies mixed in the perennial garden as accent plant. I do not like a entire bed with daylilies only.

So I can see your evaluation of too many in one spot that would not be a pretty picture. The picture you saw were they all in bloom? Could you see what each plant flower looked like?
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fiwit
Jun 13, 2013 10:32 AM CST
Eli said:I did see pics of what was there. I forgot to mention that also. It was what made me decide.I had many mixed feelings myself..


It's a hard decision to make. I'm very glad the previous owner of my house moved out of state. I've dug up almost all of the rose bushes she so carefully planted, converted her carefully manicured lawn into several islands of trees interspersed with daylily beds, etc.

Bottom line, it's YOUR place, and you do what's right for YOU, and to heck with the rest of the world. Thumbs up
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