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New hardscaping added in 2014
Posted on May 3, 2014 10:28 AM

Concentrating on as much hardscaping as affordable.

So far in 2014 I've added: 2 new raised beds, concrete bags border around Oak tree, mulch path, vertical herb garden, new beds on each side of the large arbor/pergola, and mailbox on post for storage of small garden tools.

Two new raised beds for daylilies:

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Concrete bags border around Oak Tree:

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The total look for those two raised beds and the concrete border:

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Long mulch path:

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Vertical Herb Garden:

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New beds on each side of the large arbor/mini pergola:

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Post installed for mailbox (for storage of small garden tools):

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And paver steps in two areas near the new daylily raised beds:

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I also extended the Butterfly and Hummingbird garden in the front yard. I used seedling daylilies to border the extension. The front of my house gets the southern exposure, so it is such a hot location (especially in summer), but I am hoping the daylilies will survive and bloom there. Time will tell!

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Growing Daylilies
Posted on Oct 19, 2013 9:54 AM

I grow a variety of plants in my yard. Most are grown from seeds or cuttings shared with me by other gardeners. The one plant that I grow an abundance of is Daylilies! I cross-pollinate them by hand every year to create more that are unique from the parent daylilies. I can usually get blooms during the second year. I don't have names for any of them or know their parentage.

My original daylily plants came from generous online gardeners who shared some of their seeds with me. I feel very fortunate to have received some beautiful hybrids from those seeds! Thank you ... you know who you are!

I germinate my annually crossed seeds in small plastic containers in a south window during the Winter. They get planted outside together in small retangular containers during the first growing season. At the end of the season (in the Fall), they get planted into the ground. And typically, most will then bloom for the first time the following Spring.

It's always fun to see what the very first blooms look like on the new daylily plants! Some of them do very well here in the south, others don't. Being a gardener on a limited budget, this is how I have grown my garden.

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"Sunset over Sebastian" Daylily Hybrid
Posted on Oct 13, 2013 11:06 PM

This daylily was one of my hand pollinated crosses. No named parentage as all my daylilies are unname hybrids. I just like to cross them for the fun of it! I loved the colors in this hybrid bloom. It reminded me of the sky at sunset here in Sebastian, FL.2013-10-14/beckygardener/340eda

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East Coast Florida Gardener
Posted on Jul 9, 2011 11:14 AM

I am located on the east coast of Florida (Hurricane Alley). I love organic gardening! I mainly garden for butterflies and hummingbirds as well as other wildlife!  This year I am growing numerous vegetable and fruit plants, so edible plants are a new interest for me!

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Some of my plants are in containers and e-buckets, but the majority are in raised garden beds. I love creating Garden Rooms in my yard. My favorite plants are Salvia, Daylilies, Clematis, Brugmansia, Passiflora, Roses, and a host of cottage garden type plants. I am also a BIG fan of water gardening! I have several water containers and pre-formed ponds with water lilies and lotus! My current passions is salvia cultivars and species that attract hummingbirds and butterflies! I also have taken on an interest in succulents because they are not bothered by the Florida Summer heat. I enjoy seed trading and plant co-ops! My favorite hang-outs here are "Garden Rooms" and "Ponds and Water Gardening".

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