Let 'em Grow: Ditchlilies: Ditchlilies by Sharon

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Let 'em Grow: Ditchlilies

By Sharon
July 2, 2012

This is one in a series of very short articles that might change your mind about some surprisingly good weeds. And even if your mind isn't changed, you'll still be well informed.

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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Jul 1, 2012 6:13 PM CST
Sharon, you almost make me wish for a ditch Hilarious! Hilarious!
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vic
Jul 1, 2012 6:37 PM CST
I love my ditchlilies Green Grin!

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Sharon
Jul 1, 2012 6:45 PM CST
Preferably one that has cold water running through it, Marilyn. I'd be lying right in the middle of that ditch with only my nose sticking out. It is that hot here. Miserable.

Me too, Vic. Though mine are dying a miserable death right now. I have no doubt they'll perk up when it gets cooler and if it ever rains again.

Thanks Ladies.
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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Jul 1, 2012 6:50 PM CST
Sharon, Thank the good Lord for air conditioning otherwise I too would be seeking a ditch to cool off in. I am sorry you are getting such difficult weather. Here too. Plants are dying willy-nilly.
Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Jul 1, 2012 6:56 PM CST
A/C sure helps, but even so with 112º during the day and low 90s at night, it's pretty tough to keep everything cool. Cloudy tonight though, and the temp is hovering at 88 here at almost 8 p.m. So maybe. I just came in from watering the pots and the birds and anything else that needs water. I have baby cardinals that are having a tough time in this heat.

I know this too shall pass, just like always. Smiling
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Name: Marilyn
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CDsSister
Jul 1, 2012 7:12 PM CST
Yea for 88º, Hurray! Hurray! I will pray for rain for you and us.

I would do a rain dance but the mind cannot even imagine how that would look ..... Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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Sharon
Jul 1, 2012 7:14 PM CST
You are making me laugh out loud, my friend. I really need to laugh.
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CDsSister
Jul 1, 2012 7:19 PM CST
The scriptures say "A merry heart does good like a medicine" Let us be merry together. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

We all need a little more laughter. One of the things I like about this site is that there is a lot of laughter going around. Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Sharon
Jul 1, 2012 7:27 PM CST
I was fine till yesterday and I realized the squirrels were dying, then I found the baby birds, too hot to even try to get away from me. That's when I started adding more water several times a day as well as more food for them. Not that I love squirrels so much but I can't just let them dehydrate right in front of me.

So I added more little areas with water. Then I shot the water hose straight up into my river birch and on one side of the maple where the mama cardinal and the squirrel were (once the squirrel revived and could climb the tree.) And the smoke tree and magnolia in back.

Of course when you stand beneath a tree and squirt water from a hose straight up . . . well, what goes up must come down. I think I loved it as much as the cardinals and the squirrels. Ha!!

Thinking about doing it again in the moonlight in a few minutes, seems like the clouds are floating away.

Yep, there's always a smile if we look for it.
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CDsSister
Jul 1, 2012 7:37 PM CST
The thought of your standing in the hose streams/droplets from the tree ... in the moonlight .. and exulting in it ... now that is a vision. It did make me smile. Smiling Smiling Thanks for sharing the smiles. I tip my hat to you.
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Sharon
Jul 1, 2012 7:43 PM CST
Big Grin
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valleylynn
Jul 1, 2012 8:10 PM CST
I so loved reading these posts. You both made me smile.

And look what I took a photo of earlier today, not knowing the article would be waiting. They are growing amongst the wild blackberries. I did not know they are edible. Smiling
I might have to give it a try. How do you cook them Sharon?

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flaflwrgrl
Jul 1, 2012 8:20 PM CST
YAY for ditchlilys! I want to have tons of ditchlilys. And even more so now that i know I can eat them. YUM!

Thanks Sharon. Thumbs up

Seems you did your own rain dance under that tree with the hose. Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
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Name: Sharon
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Sharon
Jul 1, 2012 8:33 PM CST
But the rain dance didn't work.

Yayyyyy Lynn, blackberries and ditchlilies. You're on grazing ground right there! Two of my favorites. Use the daylily buds in a stir fry, they're really good mixed in with other things, sort of crunchy. Or you can add some tiny ones whole to a salad or chopped, either works. Or, you can add a little breading and fry them. i was thinking I mentioned that part in the article. In any case, there aren't many ways you can't fix them, but I especially like them in stir fry, which is my favorite summer meal. I'm drooling over those blackberries too.

I wish you tons of ditchlilies, as many as you want, Anni. They are absolutely the most carefree plants you'll ever find. Just happy to be here. And right now, of all my daylilies in all my gardens, the ditchlilies are the only ones that don't mind this 112º heat. They are still blooming.
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mcash70
Jul 1, 2012 9:22 PM CST
My first dayliles were ditchlilies, I learned that they were editable, I loved them in salads along with colorful begonia blooms, my friends were in awe, the salads looked so beautiful!!

My dear Sharon, how I wish I could send a few rain clouds your way, you are so kind to share your precious water with the birds and the squirrels.
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Sharon
Jul 1, 2012 9:37 PM CST
Oh sweet, Margaret. I wish you could share it too. But it isn't to be, not tonight anyway. But all this chatter has made me smile, where earlier I was a real grumbly bear.

It is what it is and we will all smile and bear it the best way we are able. All i have to do is think of Colorado and its fires, and Ohio, Virginia and W Virginia along with much of the area NE of me, without electricity and then I feel very rotten for grumbling.

We just have to learn to deal with it.
Smiling is the best way.

And smiling with friends is even better. *Blush*

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valleylynn
Jul 1, 2012 9:48 PM CST
One of our sons lives in the D.C. area. Their power went out Friday.
He posted this this evening when the power finally came back on.

"Power just came back! Woo hoo! I lay me down with my face pressed to a dirty floor vent blowing cool, stale air... and find myself in a happy place."

True happiness. : )
Now if I could just make him a lovely ditch lily salad, all cool and crisp. Mmmmm
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Sharon
Jul 1, 2012 9:53 PM CST
Sweet words from your son, Lynn. Glad you heard from him.
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mcash70
Jul 1, 2012 9:53 PM CST
Your right Sharon, it is what it is, but that doesn't make the sadness that I feel any less for you and so many others that need rain and cooler temperatures, may you all get relief real soon to keep those ditchlilies growing!!! Group hug
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CDsSister
Jul 1, 2012 9:57 PM CST
Smiling Smiling

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