Daylilies Upside Down: The grass is always greener?

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Daylilies Upside Down

By Gleni
April 6, 2014

There are advantages and disadvantages to growing daylilies in sub-tropical Australia. You miss out on the easy access North Americans have to some of the best hybridisers in the world. But it also works the other way: So many excellent cultivars did not make it to the Northern Hemisphere.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Apr 5, 2014 8:20 PM CST
I so love learning about daylilys upside down. What fun, what fun! Thank you for writing this article so we could all learn about daylily gardening in another portion of the world.

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Betja
Apr 5, 2014 9:15 PM CST
Fantastic article, Glen! And I love the birds too!

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chalyse
Apr 5, 2014 9:27 PM CST
I agree Wonderful to be transported to another place and to hear about life down under!
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Name: Becky
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beckygardener
Apr 5, 2014 9:36 PM CST
Glen - I had to laugh at the very last 2 lines in your article ....

"The beauty of ATP is that one can watch the feeding frenzy even from here at the bottom of the world, and one is definitely richer for the experience because one does not spend all the money they do. Upside down has some advantages."

So true!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article and seeing several of your photos! You do have some amazing daylilies ... and birds!

It was also fun seeing your blooms during "our" winter here in North America on the Daylily Forum. I suspect that is one of the busiest forums here on ATP! And you've been a great contributor with all your posts and photos from Australia! Thanks for adding to the daylily frenzy here on ATP! Big Grin Hurray! Thumbs up
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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Apr 5, 2014 10:15 PM CST
Thank you so much. The pleasure has been very much mine. I have enjoyed every minute on ATP.
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valleylynn
Apr 5, 2014 10:46 PM CST
Thank you so much for such a fun to read article. I love your writing style. The photos are wonderful, as are the birds.
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Apr 5, 2014 10:48 PM CST

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Great article Glen, I really enjoyed it! Thumbs up
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mcash70
Apr 5, 2014 11:02 PM CST
Wonderful article Glen, a fun read, loved the birds and the daylilies. Thumbs up
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Lilydaydreamer
Apr 6, 2014 8:19 AM CST
Enjoyed reading about daylilies in the Southern Hemisphere! Thank you Hurray!
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Horseshoe
Apr 6, 2014 10:16 AM CST
What a great article. Thanks, Glen. It's like getting to travel w/out leaving home, reading your words and seeing the photos. (And I didn't get dizzy in the least, enjoying being "upside down"!)

Nice going. Hope to see more write-ups by you!

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Leda
Apr 6, 2014 4:10 PM CST
I enjoyed this article immensely! I only have a couple Daylilies because I have not felt well enough to work outside much these last few years but this gives me ambition! (I think I garden sideways though. I don't know I am always confused about directions.) Beautiful pictures, Glen and you know I love animals so I enjoyed those photos too.
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Gleni
Apr 7, 2014 7:49 AM CST
Thank you all kindly. Thank You! Thank You!
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mistyfog
Apr 8, 2014 9:56 PM CST
Wonderful journey you took us on Glen. It is an amazing environment
you live in. So much beauty in wildlife and gardening. With all the
hurdles involved, you must be a master gardener. I tip my hat to you.
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Gleni
Apr 9, 2014 5:04 AM CST
Thank you Shirlee. Smiling
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Roosterlorn
Apr 12, 2014 5:23 AM CST
Thumbs up Hurray! Hurray!
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plantladylin
Aug 16, 2014 6:09 PM CST
Glen, I'm just curious ... is that beautiful tree (10th photo down) in your article a Pony Tail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
Aug 16, 2014 6:44 PM CST
Lin, it is a Screw Pine or Palm. I grew it from seed.



Unfortunately I think it is now dying from an infection of a flatid insect known as the Pandanus Planthopper (Jamella australiae). It is a big job for me to save it and I am unsure how to go about it. The leaf hopper is a native to north Queensland but it is kept in check there by a parasitic wasp.

http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/PandanusDieback

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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Aug 16, 2014 6:53 PM CST
Well, it is gorgeous and you grew it from seed? Oh my, it's such a shame that an insect may kill that beauty! I wonder if there's someplace you could purchase the parasitic wasps and release them onto your tree?
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mcash70
Aug 16, 2014 8:01 PM CST
Glen, that will be very sad if your tree cannot be saved, especially since the trees have been cut for the new house next door. Sad
Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Aug 17, 2014 2:29 AM CST
I have decided to strip the leaves back and bore holes and inject with a systemic insecticide. It will be 4-5 months before I know if it has worked. I'll set up a thread under the species so people will be able to track my progress. Wish the tree luck.

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