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Name: Nan
southeast Georgia (Zone 8b)
Keeps Horses Daylilies Region: Georgia Birds Bookworm
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DeweyRooter
Oct 22, 2021 6:57 AM CST
Jeanne, your raised bed is looking good! Pretty flowers as well.
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
Vegetable Grower Birds Region: United States of America
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gardenglassgems
Oct 22, 2021 7:46 AM CST
Thank you Nan. That Dahlia will be getting dug up and stored over winter as soon as we get a hard frost. I have a zillion 'Irish Miss' Dahlia so the ones in the ground will not be getting dug up. This is only one area of them.
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This is another large area of 'Irish Miss' Dahlia.
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Today I am hoping to get a lot of my Daylily cut back to save on my spring work. It is only going to be around 52 for a high but with a stocking cap, scarf, and sweatshirt, I should be warm enough especially this morning.
Yard decor, repurposing, and flowers,
Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: Massachusetts Bee Lover
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Zoia
Oct 22, 2021 8:15 AM CST
Thanks Nan, I sure hope so!

Jeanne, the Irish Miss sure are pretty! I hope you are saving some of them for next year!
Name: Dave
Wood Co TX & Huron Co MI
Greenhouse Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Garden Photography Hybridizer Region: Michigan
Irises Hostas Region: Texas Daylilies Peonies
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SunriseSide
Oct 22, 2021 8:20 AM CST
Yesterday, finished digging out the new bed and installed the mole cage. I arranged the pots in order for installation. All I lack is finishing D'Oh! Rolling on the floor laughing Also, partly removed plants from a bed being temporarily removed from service for mole caging and removing red oak roots.
Today I updated the plants map before I lose what went where Whistling
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Name: Zoia Bologovsky
Stoneham MA (Zone 6a)
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover Butterflies Birds Region: Massachusetts Bee Lover
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Zoia
Oct 22, 2021 8:23 AM CST
That has to be on my list of many things to do. I will probably lose markers to raking or winter weather. Some of my new markers are proving to be quite flimsy, I don't hold out much hope that they have what it takes to make it through successive seasons.
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
Vegetable Grower Birds Region: United States of America
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gardenglassgems
Oct 22, 2021 9:15 AM CST
Zoia, I am wondering the same thing about my new markers. They are thin plastic so will probably get brittle over time. Grumbling

I went out and cut back a few Daylily but had to come in to get a notebook to write down some things that I need to remember to do later. I have run across a few trees starting to grow where they shouldn't be so I have to make note where they are so I can clip them off and put Tordon on them. They are too tough to pull out.
Yard decor, repurposing, and flowers,
Name: Nan
southeast Georgia (Zone 8b)
Keeps Horses Daylilies Region: Georgia Birds Bookworm
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DeweyRooter
Oct 22, 2021 9:16 AM CST
There was a thread on markers that I read once and need to find again. I want something sturdier than the plastic ones I write on, something more permanent but which can be reused as the daylily cultivars come and go. Let me see if I can find the thread and bump it up.
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
Vegetable Grower Birds Region: United States of America
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gardenglassgems
Oct 22, 2021 9:21 AM CST
Thanks Nan. That would be great. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Nan
southeast Georgia (Zone 8b)
Keeps Horses Daylilies Region: Georgia Birds Bookworm
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DeweyRooter
Oct 22, 2021 9:32 AM CST
gardenglassgems said:Thanks Nan. That would be great. I tip my hat to you.


Done!
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Composter Daylilies Garden Photography Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: Alabama
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Seedfork
Oct 22, 2021 12:04 PM CST
I dug the sod and roots out of two new beds yesterday. Too tired to dig today so I thought I would do some watering, we got no rain the other day when it was predicted. I have three hoses I bought last year and they all needed male ends because the hoses just collaps at the ends. I went up to Lowe's expecting to buy some cheap plastic hose repair ends, no such luck. They had repair ends for the larger hoses, but they were $6-$8.00 and had no repair ends for 1/2 inch hoses. I looked on line at Wal-mart and they were almost $7.00. Finally called the farmer's co-op and got 3 for just over $2.00 each.
So I put the new ends on the hoses and new washers and will get some watering done this afternoon. Hope to be able to dig at least one more bed tomorrow and maybe start on a second one. Showing almost no chance of rain now until next Wednesday.
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Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
Vegetable Grower Birds Region: United States of America
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gardenglassgems
Oct 22, 2021 1:33 PM CST
I started cutting back the foliage on my Daylily in my veggie garden. I came across my first praying mantis. I now know that it is a male Chinese Mantis.
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It was 41 degrees when I first went outside this morning to get started. I took a break from 11-12 and then went back out. That is when I found my mantis. It startled me when I first saw it. Now I am headed out to try to get the veggie garden finished but am afraid of running into more of them. But I guess they won't hurt me, but I am afraid that I might hurt them. Crying
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Name: Orion
Boston, MA (Zone 6b)
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plasko20
Oct 22, 2021 2:43 PM CST
I saw my first this year, also.
They are an invasive species so do not worry too much about accidentally stepping on one.
That said, we are also an invasive species. Thinking
Gardening: So exciting I wet my plants!
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
Vegetable Grower Birds Region: United States of America
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gardenglassgems
Oct 22, 2021 7:17 PM CST
Ya know I think about that every time I step on an insect. Maybe there is a giant that is going to step on me someday. Thinking Whistling
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Name: Nan
southeast Georgia (Zone 8b)
Keeps Horses Daylilies Region: Georgia Birds Bookworm
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DeweyRooter
Oct 23, 2021 3:48 PM CST
Today I planted a bunch of my new daylilies. That was satisfying. I still have to finish digging the last two new beds so I can get the rest in.

However, today's big project was to going to be dividing my Louisiana irises, which really have needed it. I should have divided them last year. Unfortunately, what I thought I could get done in one day is going to take a lot longer. First, a canna lily plant I planted next to the irises a few years ago has taken over their bed, and I have to dig all the cannas out first and pot them up for friends. That is proving to be much more difficult than I thought it would be. Tree roots have taken over the bed, so digging all the cannas out is proving to be a huge chore. I cleared an area about two feet square, and I haven't even gotten to the irises yet.

Here's what the iris bed looked like in spring several years ago when all the plants were in their proper places. You can see the canna in the lower right-hand corner:
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Here's the "before" picture I took today. You can see the cannas have taken over. Those things at the lower left are teacup elephant ears. The plant at the lower right is a Sweet Caress mahonia. The canna lilies have invaded that as well. Of course everything looks messy because it's fall, and the foliage of the cannas, the elephant ears, and the iris is dying back, but you can see the bed is a mess. I was planning on taking an "after" picture to show you when the bed was all cleaned up, but that will have to wait.
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Name: Dave
Wood Co TX & Huron Co MI
Greenhouse Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Garden Photography Hybridizer Region: Michigan
Irises Hostas Region: Texas Daylilies Peonies
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SunriseSide
Oct 24, 2021 7:11 AM CST
Yesterday early a large gopher mound was found next to the greenhouse Angry with tunneling apparent into the grass [no daylilies yet Rolling on the floor laughing ] part of the yard. I was able to stop the probe using the "mole" trap. Never caught a mole Confused but lots of gophers. Thumbs up
Life is better at the lake.
Name: Dave
Wood Co TX & Huron Co MI
Greenhouse Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Garden Photography Hybridizer Region: Michigan
Irises Hostas Region: Texas Daylilies Peonies
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SunriseSide
Oct 26, 2021 6:43 AM CST
Finally got some "soil" amendments yesterday, finished the mole cage and put an old small seedling bed back in service with some registered potted plants. Today, I'm looking to put the new bed in service ahead of the rain due tomorrow, dropping the pot count a lot.
Life is better at the lake.
Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
Vegetable Grower Birds Region: United States of America
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gardenglassgems
Oct 26, 2021 11:24 AM CST
Last week I finished cutting back the Daylily in the veggie garden and also cut back the 4 beds of Iris. The only thing left in that garden is planting more Iris where there is room and digging the Dahlia that I want to overwinter. I have several pots of the Irish Miss Dahlia so I don't think I will be digging up very many of them.

Yesterday I started cutting back flowers in the Garden Shed Bed. There is still a little to do in there.

This morning I went out to the Flower Raised Bed Garden and cleaned up a patch of Iris inside the entrance and then cut back all the day lily on the ends of 8 raised beds. All but 1 have Daylily on both ends.

Now I am going back out to clean up the 8 raised beds in that area. It is 51 outside with the sun going in and out with the clouds.
Yard decor, repurposing, and flowers,
Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Composter Daylilies Garden Photography Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: Alabama
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Seedfork
Oct 26, 2021 12:08 PM CST
Now I only have three more beds along the back fence to complete my project. I finished one more bed yesterday. The plan now is to finish one bed tomorrow, rest a day and then do another bed and rest a day, then finish the last bed on Sunday hopefully. I sure need some rain, seems like a month since it has rained and none is predicted still in the new ten day forecast.
I hauled in three pickup truck loads of mulch materials (pecan leaves, pine straw, and mixed grass clippings and oak leaves) over the weekend, that will be enough to at least get a thin covering over all the new beds. About half of them already have daylilies in them and are already mulched.
It has really been a huge job doing so many new beds just using shovels and rakes, but I will sort of miss all that manual labor because I feel like I am in the best shape I have been in all year long now.
Name: Nan
southeast Georgia (Zone 8b)
Keeps Horses Daylilies Region: Georgia Birds Bookworm
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DeweyRooter
Oct 26, 2021 12:22 PM CST
Larry, where do you get your truckloads of leaves and grass clippings?

I have all the pine straw I can use just from my own yard. If I want clean leaves I have some, but the neighbors have huge oak trees and let me have all the leaves I want. I have to rake them up myself, though.

I am able to take all the aged horse manure I can haul from the horse farm where I board my horse. I use a lot to amend my awful clay soil.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
Composter Daylilies Garden Photography Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level Plant Identifier
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: Alabama
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Seedfork
Oct 26, 2021 4:12 PM CST
I work a couple of nearby neighborhoods that have people who bag their grass clippings, leaves, pine straw, etc. They just sit them out by the road. When there are no bags, then I have to resort to loading selected shredded piles with my seed fork. After doing this for years I have a good idea of which streets to work. It saves me so much work when I can pick up truck loads of bagged material. Some times the grass clippings in the huge black heavy duty contractor bags are wet and they are too heavy for me to pick up. A lady right down the road has a very large yard, she bags all the stuff she mows with her riding mower, it does a fine shredding job and her bags are never very heavy. I usually pick up six to eight bags there. My biggest one stop pickup was here in my own neighborhood when I picked up around 50 bags of shredded leaves from one yard. Not nearly as many people bag their yard waste now as they used to.

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