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Hot, hot and even hotter
Posted on Dec 29, 2019 6:33 PM

The breeze that caused the scapes to lean at 45 degrees to the perpendicular has abated. The tide that I can hear rolling in, is almost at its maximum with tomorrow's full moon and the Daylilies are blooming their little heads off. By Christmas, it will be over, except for a few very late bloomers.
I see that the bees have done a bit of hybridising and a great pod is developing on Lindy Lou. Yes, I will sow the seed and since I don't sell or register the crossings, it is for my pleasure and that of the bees, whom I sometimes have to shoosh away. But they pose no threats. The little native bees are stingless and the great bumblebees put out sound but like the native bees have no sting, in fact I am not sure they are bees at all.
New baby opened today. I was most surprised at the depth of its colour as two years ago it was a wee bit insipid.
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Am awaiting a new and hopefully pale baby tomorrow. The heat is pumping it up.

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Daylilies in the tropical heat
Posted on Nov 4, 2014 12:54 AM

I keep on saying that summer has struck and by mid morning the daylily blooms have taken on a sunburnt or bleached look but it does not deter me. Out early to snap a few photos while they look their best and beam at the flowering though the orange plastic dog deterring fence does little to enhance their beauty. From hot and dry to very windy and overcast with very, very light showers. The tall daylily scrapes are leaning away from the wind.
We took the dog fence down today..dog gone home..and I can step into my, garden without gates and fence to bother me.
Here are some more of my own pretty girls. They have flowered well and I hope that they are fertile as I have plans for them.

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and if you ignore the edges of the dog fence and the succulent you might get an idea of these girls and their potential.
Another of my beauties has been popping its buds. It is Lindy Lou, a cultivar bred by Mead and always the first to appear with masses of flowers

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and you might like another look at my girls before I post this edition.

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Daylilies in the tropics
Posted on Oct 22, 2014 5:09 PM

Thursday 23 October 2014
Summer and the daylilies are bursting open. The heat of an Australian tropical summer is beginning to mount and the weather, though hot, is dry, dry, dry! The daylilies don't seem to mind though they do like a wee drink and we are on water restrictions. The cultivars I have bred are beginning to open and following their first flowering when I though pretty but insipid and great shape but insipid, they have, this year shown colour, size and substance. let me share with you an example: here is one of my babies: a 2012 first flowering
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and here it is this morning 23 October 2014 5:30 am

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hard to believe that it is the same plant and the camera does not do it justice as it is , in the garden, a richer red/purple Amazing what some fertilizer and tender care can do. The size of the flower has increased and the scapes have branched so that there are at least seven buds on each branch.
Happy to hear[ electronically] your feedback and will continue to post images of my babies even though I love the daylilies that I have purchased from other sources.

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