Confessions of a Hemeroholic: I, too, am a Hemeroholic!

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Confessions of a Hemeroholic

By fiwit
April 8, 2014

In the Daylily Forum, we tease each other about being addicted to Daylilies. While I'm confident that other gardeners feel the same way about their favorite plants, no other plant has really impacted my gardening life as much as these beauties we used to call "Ditch Lilies."

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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Apr 7, 2014 7:29 PM CST
Fortunately .... I know of NO 12 step program for such an addiction!

Mary - I really got a kick out of your article! I can soooo relate!!!!

My addiction though is hybridizing and growing daylilies from seeds. I must give credit to a kind gardener (Sandy) here on ATP for my addiction when she shared a few of her daylily seeds with me many years ago. I grew some amazingly beautiful plants from those seeds, crossed them with each other, and then traded/received more seeds from a few other gardeners, purchased some seeds on LA and ebay, and continued to create hybrid seeds from my daylily plants. Now I have between 300-400 daylilies planted all around my yard. And I have plans for even more! LOL! The lawn is shrinking and the garden beds are expanding and almost every garden bed area has daylilies in them (as well as Hummingbird and Butterfly host and nectar plants)! LOL! So my addiction continues! I know someday I won't be able to squeeze another daylily plant into my yard ... but until then ... I am sure enjoying the show! Some addictions are not so bad at all! Thumbs up
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
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Name: Betty
Bakersfield, CA
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Betja
Apr 7, 2014 8:05 PM CST
Way to go Mary -- FANTASTIC article that describes our total addiction -- totally! Rolling on the floor laughing nodding Hurray! And proud of it!!!

Betty
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
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fiwit
Apr 7, 2014 8:21 PM CST
See, Becky -- you're TOTALLY addicted! Hilarious! I'm just a recreational user. Whistling

Hi, Betty! *waves* I was thinking of many of us when I wrote it. nodding
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Name: Doris&David Bishop
Cartersville, Ga. (Zone 7b)
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Casshigh
Apr 7, 2014 8:43 PM CST
Mary, Great job! Very well written and expresses where many of us have come from! I hope I have done my part as an enabler. Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

Doris
"Anything worth doing is worth overdoing"~~~David Bishop
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Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
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fiwit
Apr 7, 2014 9:00 PM CST
Casshigh said:Mary, Great job! Very well written and expresses where many of us have come from! I hope I have done my part as an enabler. Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

Doris


You have MORE than done your part... Hilarious! Speaking of which, I should make time to come and do some work for you, so I can replace some DLs that didn't survive the winter. Whistling
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
Apr 7, 2014 11:57 PM CST
Oh dear, it is good to know others are infected.
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
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fiwit
Apr 8, 2014 5:18 AM CST
Glen, it's apparently a world-wide affliction Thumbs up
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Apr 8, 2014 3:18 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! I agree I agree I agree
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
Garden Rooms and Becky's Budget Garden
Name: Catherine
IN (Zone 5b)
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Cat
Apr 9, 2014 6:18 PM CST
Nice to see all the others out there, as I am a new Hemeroholic. I must say stumbling on to the Lily Auction was like a junkie finding a dealer right next door!! Drooling
Cat
"Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers." - Veronica A. Shoffstall
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
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fiwit
Apr 9, 2014 6:44 PM CST
Ohhhhhh, Cat! I don't dare go NEAR the Lily Auction! Blinking










(I have a friend check it for me -- it's my only protection! Rolling on the floor laughing )
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Catherine
IN (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Lilies Ponds Echinacea Irises Butterflies
Bee Lover Dragonflies Hummingbirder Birds Pollen collector Seed Starter
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Cat
Apr 9, 2014 6:53 PM CST
Yes, I am trying to stay off there for a bit until my fans are shipped in about a month. I have several coming and seeds starting every where!! Need I say more... Blinking

Cat
"Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers." - Veronica A. Shoffstall
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
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fiwit
Apr 9, 2014 7:22 PM CST
You've got it bad, Hoosier... bad, bad, bad.....
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Catherine
IN (Zone 5b)
Daylilies Lilies Ponds Echinacea Irises Butterflies
Bee Lover Dragonflies Hummingbirder Birds Pollen collector Seed Starter
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Cat
Apr 9, 2014 7:47 PM CST
Seriously, I do not see a problem. I just want one of each one, I don't see a problem with that! LOL!! Sticking tongue out
Cat
"Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers." - Veronica A. Shoffstall
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
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fiwit
Apr 9, 2014 8:01 PM CST
Cat said:Seriously, I do not see a problem. I just want one of each one, I don't see a problem with that! LOL!! Sticking tongue out


No problem at all, girlfriend... but you might run out of space. Rolling on the floor laughing
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...
Name: Jan
Hustisford, WI
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cat Lover Daylilies Dog Lover Irises Region: United States of America
Region: Wisconsin
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philljm
Apr 13, 2014 8:49 AM CST
I agree Whistling
Name: Mary
My little patch of paradise (Zone 7b)
Gardening dilettante, that's me!
Plays in the sandbox Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Dog Lover Daylilies The WITWIT Badge
Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Bluebonnets Birds Region: Georgia Composter Garden Ideas: Master Level
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fiwit
Apr 13, 2014 8:57 AM CST
Jan, we always knew you were one of us. nodding Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Northwest Georgia Daylily Society
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
My yard marches to the beat of a bohemian drummer...

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