Dormant Daylilies: 56
All American Chief
Carnival In Mexico
Endowed With Beauty
Fire On The Mountain
Grace From Above
Heavenly Island Magic
Heavenly Tiger Tales
Hush Little Baby
Panic In Detroit
Siloam Double Classic
Smoky Mountain Autumn
The Jury's Out
I went down to check some of my dormants and see if any were totally not showing. The only one I had noticed being completely not visible was 'Magnificent Rainbow' . I had a list in my computer but when I upgraded to windows 10 I lost it and many other documents. I did have a printed copy but it needed to be updated, I had some deletions and quite a few additions that were not on the list. So, after updating the list I went down to the garden to see if I could actually tell the dormants from the evergreens and semi evergreens. A few dormants were distinguishable as dormants, most of them I would need the list to actually see what they were registered as and several of the evergreens in my garden actually could have passed for dormants. I did make a discovery that the plants were absolutely totally infested with aphids. So I started pulling all the dead foliage and a lot of the green foliage trying to thin it down so I could actually spray and have the spray reach the aphids, there seemed to be more aphids on the plants with the most foliage, especially on the ones with a lot of dead foliage. It seemed to act as insulation for the insects to allow the cold not to kill them all. It looked like most of them were dead, but many were not and they multiply so fast I do intend to spray them. It started raining before I got through pulling all the foliage but I did get over half way done and about two thirds of the way through the plants in the bog. I figure the bog plants will be the most infested but I did not get a chance to check any of the other plants yet.
Still, of all the plants I checked this morning none of the dormants had completely disappeared from sight so still only 'Magnificent Rainbow' is the only one, and I am afraid it might be dead instead of dormant. I guess I will continue checking and I will see some spring if it is alive or not.
Here is an example of what the plants looked like after having the foliage pulled. Yes, those little white specks are APHIDS!!!
Not that long ago I ordered a large box of caladium bulbs. I planted them out under an oak in the front where my wife wanted a little color. I had no way of knowing what the leaves would end up being other than Bill told me he would put the 'Red Flash' in one corner. Well naturally during shipment they were moved about so I had to just do the best I could to plant them and interspace them with the other bulbs. I planted some of the bulbs in the back also, and I gave my daughter a whole box full of smaller bulbs out of the large box. The bed sill needs a lot of work, removing rock and adding mulch, etc.
Anyhow I am so pleased with how the caladiums themselves have done, here are some photos of the ones in the front bed under the oak.
I'll throw in a few daylily photos from today also:
The goldenrod in the field back of me is just now starting to bloom:
I am still getting Amaryllis blooms and they started way back in the early spring.
I have added so much organic material to my beds I am greeted by these a lot of mornings.
Here is the latest shot of my little seedling cup beds. I have two of them full and hope to finish filling the last one by the end of the month.
Because I am impatient I decided to go ahead and plant some seeds that have not been stratified. I now have 72 cups planted with three seeds each. These were gradually planted as they were harvested over a period of weeks. I have also been putting seeds in the fridge, some of them have been in there over a month now. I plan to hopefully start planting them in later, and have it work out that by the time they are all planted they will have been in the fridge for at least a month.
These are not the crosses I was hoping to be doing this year, but these ending up being a fill in until I can grow out more of the plants I want to use and acquire a few more to go with them.
I am realizing just how much work is involved in growing a few hundred seedlings, and the record keeping is beyond me. I am still setting pods and trying to do a better job of keeping up with what is crossed with what. I have a large number of crosses with unknown as the pollen parent.
I planted my cups much closer this year than last year and am able to get many more cups per bed, not sure just where I plan to put all these but if the germination rate doesn't pick up I may not have to worry about space too much.
My goal was to try and at least create a few crosses that exhibited sculpted relief, even with the few plants I have that have the potential to do that, I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will have at least a few seedlings to show sculpted relief when they finally bloom.
The first new caladiums that I planted a few days back are now showing. So happy.
I ordered a large box of mixed caladiums to plant out front under the big oak. The bed unfortunately was filled with lava rock by the previous owners, so I had to dig through about a four inch layer of rock in order to reach actual soil. I added potting soil to the hole because I had no soil to put in the hole. I covered the bulbs with potting soil and what tiny bit of soil I managed to sift from the pile of lava rocks. I had to use the pick do dig the holes, so after just making one big circle around the tree I stopped for the day. Now I have lots of smaller bulbs to be placed inside the circle, but they won't require as much digging per hole, just a lot more holes.
Over the past month or so I have been accumulating the things I thought I might need to plant my new daylily seeds for this season. Two bags of little ziplock baggies, two large bags of potting soil, two bags of sand, a bag of milorganite, a bag of 100 clear cups etc. I had vinyl blinds saved up I collected by the side of the road, so I cut up over a hundred plant markers during the past weeks. I drilled holes in the cups yesterday, found my markers and hope they will last on the plant tags I made. Today I mixed up a batch of potting soil along with sand in a three to one mix. I think that will be about right.
I was able to fill 18 cups with the first batch of mix and that is just the amount of cups that will fit into a flat. For now I am just putting the cups in plastic ice cream containers, they will hold water for the cups to sit in and allow the cups to be bottom watered for a few weeks if necessary. From the sound of the thunder outside , that won't be necessary today at least.
I had my best day of pod collecting so far, and it made me decide to go ahead and plant some seeds, could not resist the urge to plant any longer. There is just something about putting seed into the dirt. I only planted three seeds per cup and I had enough by selecting from the baggies with the most seed to plant 17 of the 18 cups I filled. I only selected from the baggies that had enough seed for me to plant some today and have some left to plant after they are stratified. I placed a small strip of paper in each baggie and added just a spritz of water and back into the refrigerator they went.
Last year the seeds I did not stratify did not fair to well when it came time to germinate. I am trying to provide them with a little more shade until they sprout this year.
I tired to leave a little extra space this year in the cup so it could hold more water when needed. Last year I pretty much filled the cup to the surface and the water tended to just run off instead of soaking down into the cup.
So I ended up with 4 of the ice cream cartons with 4 cups each and one cup with seed and one cup without any seed. I hope to collect some more pods tomorrow.
I had so many crosses to not form a pod, I just quit tagging them. So I'll only know the pod parent on most of my crosses. Now I am having a lot of pods abort and a lot with just one or two seeds. I have some very nice looking pods left to collect, but by the time they are ready they might also swivel up and have only one or two seeds, you never know what they are going to do.
I have a pair of hawks that have taken up residency in the neighborhood, they are here every year. I never know if it is the same or different ones.
My crinums are just starting to bloom and my agapanthus bloomed again this year.
'Bonnie Corley' is always photogenic, so I loaded it up with pods and hope to have a lot of beautiful seedlings.
'Laura Harwood' had sixteen opened blooms on it the other day, I think that it the most she has ever had. Many of them are down in the foliage, so I'm hoping to get better scape height with some of my crosses.