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Feb 14, 2015 7:26 AM CST
|"J" is for July.
Early bloom, peak bloom, the beginning of the mid/late season for the daylilies all happens in July in Vermont. FFO's on old favorites, those first ever blooms on new daylilies and seedlings, crosses to make each day, seedlings to keep or compost....visitors, trips to see friends and their gardens...cookouts, warm sun, music in the garden... Incredible, awesome, no time for sleeping July.
Garden Journals, do you keep one? Mine is mainly a bunch of lists. A list for FFO's seen each day, a list of the different plants and daylilies in the garden. A seedling "book" where I can record all the information I need on each keeper seedling each year. Lists for special daylily collections in the garden, crosses to make, seedlings planted, new seeds collected and stored in the fridge....and the always growing lists of things to do and daylilies to add to the collection.
Name: Hilary Picton
Dousland, Devon UK (Zone 9a)
Feb 14, 2015 12:20 PM CST
|"J" is for juxtaposition. Do you get it right first time or, like me, keep moving things around?
Imperial Lemon - bigger than registered in my garden and so imposing it was hiding others. Now at the back of the border!
Feb 14, 2015 12:33 PM CST
|"J" will be for Judges, exhibition judges and garden judges.
I am sure those people who go to all the extra trouble to show their blooms and gardens appreciate all the training and work necessary to become a daylily judge.
Feb 14, 2015 4:50 PM CST
Good point, Char. I keep an off-again, off-again garden blog (for myself and my family), which can be viewed as a sort of a journal. I don't typically record things like FFO or LFO or stuff like that in the blog (I may elsewhere), but it is a good place to record garden musings and aspirations (and rants).
Separate from that, I have any number of computer files in which I try to record data on my seedlings, pollen dabbing, various daylily traits, records of daylily purchases, and the like.
Good one, Hilary! Most daylilies here start their residence in a pot, but even so, I may have to move them around a few times once they are finally (if ever) in the ground. (That 'Imperial Lemon' is beautiful! I love lemon colored daylilies!)
Both types of judge should have our respect and appreciation for all of their hard work (even if we don't always agree with their decisions ).
June is EM and Midseason here.
'Osterized', a registered Midseason daylily, reliably starts bloom at the end of May, blooms all June, and ends the first week of July.
July is the month of the ML daylilies.
'Sears Tower' reliably begins bloom at the end of June and finishes the end of July. Although it is registered as a Midseason daylily, I cannot help but wonder if this is an error and if it is really a Mid Late. I consider the transition between the bloom periods from 'Osterized' to 'Sears Tower' as a seasonal changing of the guard, from M to ML; they overlap bloom by only a few days.
Curiously enough, three Reckamp daylilies all begin bloom here in the middle or second half of June, finish approaching the middle of July, yet are variously registered as ML, ML, and L. These are 'Techny Spider', 'Harvest Moth', and 'Joyful Soul', respectively. (One wonders what role, if any, my shady garden and different locations therein plays in all this.)
Speaking of 'Joyful Soul', are we not all Joyful Souls when the daylilies are in bloom?
In honor of iris season, the current image is that of the TB iris 'Busy Being Blue', the first TB iris to bloom in my garden
Feb 15, 2015 5:06 PM CST
|June is my favorite month of the year! Every morning is like Christmas, seeing what opened over night!
Jean Wise and Jester's Collar are the only 'J' dl I have.
YES! I do keep a journal with notes about my dl-where I got them, what I paid for them and when. Where they are planted in the bed. A wish list of things I am looking for.
How about "JOINER" ? I have alot of those-several doubles...
758 dl registered under joiner in the AHS registry. Of course looks like several people by that last name, not just one.
I have Fresh Start
Pumpkin Pie Spice
And isn't a dl a Jack of all trades?
They add height, texture, color and interest to the garden. They are fragrant, photogenic and collectable. They return year after year. They are beautiful to pick and bring indoors. They tolerate drought if needed and take extreme cold while going dormant. And they spread so you pass them along to your friends!
Feb 15, 2015 8:05 PM CST
|JOY The joy we all feel walking through our gardens each day. The joy of a new seedling opening. The joy of Priority mail boxes stuffed full of new plants!!! and best of all the joy of sharing and meeting new daylily people.
It's my cats world, I'm just here to open the cans.
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