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"Summer Is the 4th of July" (Growing Daylilies in zone 4b)

By ARoseblush
October 16, 2013

As Vermonters, we have an expression that connotes the meaning of summer: "Summer is the 4th of July." On either side of this date, "expect the unexpected." The weather temps can range from 90 degree daytime heat to 40 degrees at night from June through August. In September, temps range anywhere from the mid-60s in the day to an occasional hard frost at night.

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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Oct 15, 2013 6:14 PM CST
I enjoyed reading about your challenges growing daylilies on a mountain in Vermont. Excellent article about your garden. Daylilies can always be counted on!

Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Oct 15, 2013 7:40 PM CST
Beautiful blooms! Interesting how yours grows on a slope surrounded by rocks. Wished you had posted a photo of how that looks. I'd really love to see your rock garden areas!
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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Oct 15, 2013 8:30 PM CST
Enjoyed reading about your gardening challenge. I was trying to picture you going doing the steep slope with a bucket of mulch Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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'Abilene Lillian' is gorgeous!
Vickie
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Name: Alex
Warren, VT- Green Mtns. (Zone 4b)
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ARoseblush
Oct 15, 2013 10:50 PM CST
Becky:

I am posting a few pictures here of the garden. It's difficult to get a true picture of this garden because it's so long extending from the entrance of the driveway on the lower level all the way to the moat( bridge) which connects the upper road that I live on to my front door. The garden spans the distance in between the upper road and the lower road. I would say its about a 25 ft drop. The stone wall is 4 ft high.


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This 3rd picture is the top of the hill, and shows how the slope drops off dramatically, downhill.

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4th picture is standing on the wall, and looking uphill at a small portion of the garden.

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The 5th and 6th pictures (below) are my perennial gardens in early Spring located in the back of the house but this is the side that looks over the ski area and the mountain ranges in the distance. Terrific views. Pictures taken from my 2nd floor deck.

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Last pictures are of my lovely summer deck garden 30 ft up in the air; and lastly the long, snowy Winter with the ski area in the distance. Pictures taken from the deck.

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Oct 15, 2013 11:06 PM CST
Your Daylily rock garden is impressive.
Thank you for sharing it with us.
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
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vic
Oct 16, 2013 4:21 AM CST
Your gardens are absolutely lovely and hats off you for plowing right through the physical challenges - WOW Thumbs up Thumbs up
Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Oct 16, 2013 5:27 AM CST
Awesome pictures of your gardens. Love the 30' deck!
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Oct 16, 2013 7:15 AM CST
Alex - What a wonderful piece of property you have!!! Looks to have the best of everything for all seasons! An awesome view! Just beautiful! You have so much area to grow and add more daylilies. I am jealous! You've done an amazing job adding to the land. I bet you get a bit of exercise every day walking the land to check out all your blooming plants. Looks like a lovely place to have a morning stroll! Thank you for posting these additional photos. I am such a visual person, that my imagination can not even come close to what someone describes in writing. I have to see it to get the true impact of any written description! Thumbs up
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Name: Jill
Weatherby, Missouri (Zone 5a)
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Dayjillymo
Oct 16, 2013 7:38 AM CST
I really enjoyed reading about your "challenging" garden design. I struggle with my middle of the country winters, and I've often wondered how folks in colder regions cope with their longer winters. You appear to have coped very well with your challenging garden site. What lovely gardens and views in your photos. Great article!

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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Oct 16, 2013 10:33 AM CST
It is beautiful. Thumbs up
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Ripon, Wisconsin
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goldfinch4
Oct 16, 2013 1:49 PM CST
Very beautiful gardens, and definitely a labor of love. In addition to the rocks holding in mulch/holding out weeds, they also look nice and really set each daylily off. Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Alex
Warren, VT- Green Mtns. (Zone 4b)
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ARoseblush
Oct 16, 2013 10:37 PM CST
Thanks everyone for your very kind comments. Since I live alone, no garden husband here or helpers to ease the workload. I do it all myself.....oops, not quite....I have my sensational, precocious, lovable Pomeranian, who accompanies me each morning on our walk around the gardens and the mountains. Besides the flower gardens, I share a community vegetable garden with my neighbors on there property. They are 2nd home owners who only spend about 12 days all summer in VT. But when they are here they love to eat fresh veggies, as I do. So we put together a small garden where we grow all types of lettuce, radishes, arugula, english peas, both bush beans and pole beans, and Alex's Heirloom Tomatoes. The garden really suffered this year because of all the rain in June. Flushed all the nitrogen right out of the soil. I had to plant bush beans 3 separate times before they developed into nice plants. The rewards are that I am eating them almost every night for dinner in mid October.

Here are a few pictures of our amateur mountain veggie garden.

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The red tarp under the tomato plants actually produces a 20% higher yield in the fruit, according to a long time study done by Cornell University. It really does work! This is my 3rd year using the red sheets.

The rewards....



Picture #4 'Barbara Mandrell' is my favorite new daylily added this Spring to the garden. She bloomed for 2 months straight never missing a beat. Consistently beautiful blooms. Substance was amazing. Picture # 5 'Chang Dynasty', although not new, put on a spectacular show. Scapes were huge and each flower was just gorgeous.

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My biggest fan, garden companion, protector of the homestead, and love of my life, 'Spirit'. She rules everything. Today she found a wooly caterpillar crossing the road, and made sure I saw it. "Hmm", I said to her. "Not good news". 'Wooly caterpillars 'are a sign of a very cold and snowy Winter, according to the Farmer's Almanac. At least I know the daylilies are all tucked in for the Winter.

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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
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blue23rose
Oct 17, 2013 4:43 AM CST
Spirit is a very cute little dog! Dogs can communicate so well when they want us to notice something. I can see why she is a great companion.

Interesting about the red tarp. Maybe because it is red it mimics the sun! Whatever the reason, those are some nice tomatoes Smiling

And lastly, Oh My Goodness! Barbara Mandrell blooming for two months is incredible. Both BM and Chang Dynasty are looking fabulous in your pictures.

Vickie
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Name: Dot or Dorothy Parker
Fort Worth TX (Zone 8a)
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Ladylovingdove
Oct 19, 2013 9:24 AM CST
Awesome garden Alex and the fact that you do it all yourself is also amazing.

Dot Hurray!

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