Water Beds for Daylilies?!?!?!: More Lessons Learned....

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Water Beds for Daylilies?!?!?!

By fiwit
April 11, 2014

Until fall 2013, the only water beds I'd ever heard of were for humans. Then Daylily hybridizer Lee Pickles described the water beds he made for his daylilies, and I knew I had to try it for myself.

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Name: Mary
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fiwit
Apr 11, 2014 10:14 AM CST
I spent the last couple days relocating my original water bed... note to self: next time, don't put it in front of a door you want to be able to use at some point, and for crying out loud, never again make one that's 8x8 unless it will NEVER move. Hilarious! I'm thinking that 4x8 is a good size, or maybe even 2x8. It gets challenging when you want to check on plants that are in pots in the center or far back, if your bed is too big. Unlike dirt beds, you can't just walk between the pots, unless you like wet shoes. Rolling on the floor laughing

Anyway... once I got it relocated and re-settled, I took the 8 bare-root DLs that I brought home from our last club meeting and put them in the water as well, This is going to be a very handy summertime holding area for me when I bring home new plants, I think, And if I again wind up with DLs that didn't make it into the ground before winter, I know that they can safely overwinter in my driveway.
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Newyorkrita
Apr 11, 2014 3:55 PM CST
A LOT of work, Mary. A lot of work. I don't have any potted daylilies so fortunately don't need to worry about them getting enough water. Or too much water like one of your pictures where they where all flooded out. Great job on this article! Thumbs up
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 11, 2014 4:02 PM CST
Thanks, Rita. I can't help thinking this would be great for your driveway farm, and cut down on the hand-watering you do. But you'd have to create the beds, and that could be more challenging than your tried & true methods for successful summer veggies.
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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: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Apr 11, 2014 4:27 PM CST
I don't want anything permanent or semi permanent on the driveway. Plus it slopes downhill so it really would not work. Nope, easier just to water each day in the summer and stack up the pots out of the way for the winter. I am out there all the time anyway and the hose is near so watering is not such a big deal.

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