Daylilies forum: daylilies...it is an addiction!

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Name: Susiep
Wetumpka, AL (Zone 8a)
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Gardenbug01
Dec 8, 2015 3:44 PM CST
Thanks ! I do grow them both. I put in a new 40 ft bed on the outside of the fence this year which makes 4 flower beds as well as 45 shrub roses and 15 antique climbing roses. I keep pots around the seating area. It's just this addiction has become an obsession ! I can't get enough daylily stuff ! That's why I have been reading this forum all day. I didn't know it was here. Now it is feeding my addiction like crazy. Thank you so much !! Hurray!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Dec 8, 2015 3:47 PM CST
That would be such a gorgeous vista with a line of Daylilies that long. Lovey dubby

Wait until you get into trades or starting them from seed. Big Grin
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Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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beckygardener
Dec 8, 2015 5:33 PM CST
Yeah, seeds are dangerous!!! It is an obsession to grow hybrids from seeds. I think it is the surprise of the unknown that keeps me wanting to grow seed after seed after seed .... on a endless obsession of growing brand new daylilies every year. And I only have a residential lot. Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Thumbs up
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Name: bron
NSW-Qld border Australia
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bron
Dec 8, 2015 9:45 PM CST
blue23rose said:I wonder what causes an addiction to daylilies? Is it because there are just so darn many thousands of named cultivars? I can't figure out why I am addicted to daylilies instead of, oh, let's say roses. Or hostas, irises, or azaleas, or sempervivum. There are a lot of named cultivars of all of those.

And there are all kinds of other societies to belong to so it can't be because of just 'belonging' to a club. Coming home from a daylily club meeting with a couple more to plant just fuels the fire and the burning desire for next spring to arrive quickly so I can see them in bloom. But alas, every time the bloom season ends, and for me it is relatively short (like less than 12 weeks), I wonder why I wait so long for such a short time of joy.

Just Saturday, I dug out another patch of grass so I could add "just a few" more daylilies, sprayed the edge with roundup so the grass doesn't get too close to my new row, and hope that my husband doesn't notice until he mows lawn again, which will be in a few days, that he just lost another bit of real estate to some more daylilies.

Addiction? Guaranteed.


Yesterday I was wondering the same thing. And how I could curb my addiction. Only solution for me is to force myself to look at the sad plants still in pots needing TLC. But need positive reinforcement too. The ones given a little TLC look so nice that it motivates me to take more care of what I have. I can easily imagine losing some in the heat here, so I mustn't get more till they r safe. Sadly for me I am waiting for some to bloom so I can see what I lost in the move here and to thieves. I will replace MOKAN BUTTERFLY if it doesn't show up. I love how white it was and the beautiful pattern. Others picked it as their favourite from my early photos.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Dec 8, 2015 9:46 PM CST
Bron, what saved me was...a developing addiction to Bearded Iris. Whistling Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: bron
NSW-Qld border Australia
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bron
Dec 8, 2015 9:52 PM CST
kssmith said: I have a big L-shaped bed in back yard and new addition has made it into a horseshoe or kind of like one. The next addition will be off the other end and i will have the trellis just about boxed in except for about 8 feet of open space to access the inner plants. I have about 100 daylilys in it right now. There is a wisteria climbing the trellis i have had for 8 years and it always blooms.
The hard part is getting rid of the grass and some clay from any new garden space. I can only load my trash bin to 335lbs. and clay is heavy as you all know so i have a clay pile in the corner of the yard. I may have time to get started on taking some more grass off but thats it, just 2 more.
I am getting some real nice cultivars and i hate to crowd them to only see that the best plant won. I want all of them to have the same chance at growth as much as possible. However, i could always pot some up for next springs garage sale and make more space. Maybe the new neighbors would let me rent some space. There is a nice raised bed next door big enough for 8 plants for sure. Hmm.


Hi. Does your clay respond well to addition of gypsum or a liquid that has the same effect? Here it is subsoil in many place, ie. clay shale. But the liquid Claybreaker makes it workable and u can actually pull out weeds which once were as if in cement. I used to get a lot of plasterboard where people were doing internal renos. It is a bit heavy and if it geets wet the effective ingredient is washed onto wherever u put it.
Name: bron
NSW-Qld border Australia
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bron
Dec 8, 2015 10:09 PM CST
Gardenbug01 said:Hi my name is Susie. I have an addiction to daylilies ! The daylily bug bit hard this spring when I needed to widen my existing daylily bed. No problem. I planted about 25 new plants. Then it hit. I needed more and then more, I replaced the bearded iris bed with daylilies and then put in a third bed. Overall I put in a little over 100 new plants this year. I need more room for the babies I have coming in the spring ! As well as the seedlings that I have growing under lights. My advice - stay away from the LA, AHS and cancel your membership to your local club. And stay away from any hybridizer friends as they are enablers Lol Maybe I could take some rows from the vegetables and consider digging up the roses......


Susie
i understand your problem but hope u don't dig up your roses and veggie patch. Would it end the problem? It might cause conflict with others?? I think we r chasing rainbows. Awareness of a problem is the most important step to solving it. I wish u well.
This pic is of a LEMON YELLOW, an old cultivar. I almost lost it from not being able to care for it. I would not be able to buy it again. It has a distinctive fragrance. It is still amid weeds.
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Name: Glen Ingram
Macleay Is, Qld, Australia (Zone 12a)
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Gleni
Dec 8, 2015 10:46 PM CST
Bron, I grow in clay no problems. Daylilies don't mind the stuff. I just add the urea and Lucerne pellets. I also tweak with some iron and Epsom's Salts and watch the pH with lime.

I am also solving the addiction problem by making my garden a 1/4 bigger.
Name: Liz Quinn
Huntersville,NC (Zone 7a)
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Emquinn
Dec 10, 2015 6:04 PM CST
Tried to convince my husband we need to downsize the area he needs to mow each week. Works sometimes, still need more beds. He is not a fan of digging in the dirt but likes the results after a new bed is finished. Sighing! l've got spot picked out for next year. Wish me luck. Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
Dec 10, 2015 7:08 PM CST
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Name: Peter
Allentown PA (Zone 6b)
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Nysbadmk8
Dec 10, 2015 7:57 PM CST
Addicted to daylily's... 600 of them in 7 months.... yup addicted to daylily's
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Dec 10, 2015 9:58 PM CST
Six hundred, in just seven months? You must have been very busy planting all those. Have you posted photos on here somewhere showing them all planted?

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