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Day Lilies

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 16:32

Nuff said but please lets keep it ref its title - Day Lilys. Let other plants have their own Topic.

Day Lilies

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 14:23

Hi. Just a further comment or two. Firstly as previously stated my gardening experience such as it  is goes back to mid 1950's and then there was not the wonderful additions to the Day Lily family that have appeared over these later years. I knew just three then and for ages after as it happens, Hem. Fulva, Hem. Flava and Hem. aurantiaca major plus this double once it "appeared"-   its history I am not sure of at all - a lovely plant though. Many many more now and I noted in Mrs. Chattos catalogue for 2008 she lists thirty three, all except three are the named varieties - bet theres a lot more now. Hostas are the same, all those years ago just the types and none of these beauts seen everywhere now - happily I have most of the older ones including such as undulata medio variegata - crispula -  sieboldii and elegans, albo picta. elata and several of the fortuneiis. Please excuse any little innacuracies - I am not consulting books - its off the top of my head from memory.

Day Lilies

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 14:11

Hi again. Next a pic of each of the two plants I have of this double. First is against a North facing fence thus is mostly ( though not heavily) shaded. This produces  smaller flowers but more of them. The other one is growing in full sun but was moved as recently as late May this year to prevent its destruction by Deer, this along with several other plants, Hostas etc.Seems this has fewer flowers but they are bigger thus possibly that is is it. They do for me grow well in sun or shade but the differences are as noted above.



Day Lilies

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 14:02

Hi all. Good to se the interest. I have just a few more comments hopefully of interest to make ref these plants. First though I will send a better pic of the pink one I sent yesterday - its called Pink Charm.


Day Lilies

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 17:34

Hi. Ref double flowers generally.. Taking it all round I prefer the simplicity of singles in whatever plants but at the same time have that interest in anything a little "different" and out of the ordinary as is this Daylily, accordingly if there happens to be a double available I like to go for them. I have very nice double Geraniums, Campanulas, Filipendulas etc alongside the singles. My interest in plants over all the years has really been/still is inexhaustible and everything is of interest. Ref this Daylily another of my (boring) little stories is attached here. I stated in earlier posts that I was/still am a great one for hunting up plants from small ads etc but I cannot honestly remember how I came by this. It may well be from one of those two liner ads but I have a sneaking feeling this just "appeared" on a single flowered plant as a sport and that I "woolled" it, detached that section next Spring, grew it on  and it has stayed double ever since happily. Ref that word sport well so many lovely different versions of so many lovely plants have appeared in this way so its well possible. As for the plant itself foliagewise it is yer typical robust Daylily and looks really good - I will take a pic tomorrow and send. The pics really do not do it justice having "brightened" it up to much. I did have a variegated Daylily at last address but it had to be left behind.

Day Lilies

Posted: 24/07/2013 at 13:26

Pic of double flowered version in flower now - I have always known it as Kwanso Flore Pleno. Also a "p




ink" one.

how to trim my buddleja

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 17:06

Hi all. The "expert" confounded?.  Heres a few pics of my  Spring pruned  "UGLY LEGGY BUDLEJAS"  - they look pretty good to me, smothered in buds. as every year.




how to trim my buddleja

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 16:16

Hi. Last comment from me here - I always prune mine in Spring and I do not have "leggy ugly plants " all Summer as suggested here. The "expert" confounded perhaps. The whole idea of pruning  in Spring ( as with so many plants - even Roses) was/is to protect the plant itself and newly formed buds as much as poss - if they have all been pruned away in Autumn and a severe winter develops what then - sorry for my comments and I withdraw them  - I hope to send you some pics of my "leggy ugly plants" when they are flowering away like mad with masses of Bees and Butterflies on them beginning shortly. I will not respond further.

how to trim my buddleja

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 15:27

Hi. These shrubs come within the realm of needing Spring pruning when it is suggested to cuth them well back to or towards ground level to encourage all that nice new growth and good flowering. I do this but since my bushes are all mature I cut them 2 thirds back in Spring. Do though ask the experts since I cannot and do  not claim to be thus.The Bees and Buttergflies wil love you.

Abundant Weed?

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 13:16

Hi. Himalayan (?) Balsam (or Policemans helmet). Had a mass of this growing along the river bank at first address and very handsome it looked -  its seeding mattered not there either. I am only posting this because the plant brings to my mind a little something that happened years ago with it - can't be around as long as I have without you gather a few stories. Pal of mine had never ever grown this in he's garden and had lived in that property for years - still does - I am going back to seventies when this occured. He has a walled garden with a border all around at its base. Having cleared the garden that Autumn at Guy Fawkes night decided to just light a smallish fire for the childrens (supervised) fireworks. This burnt the border bare in this area. In spring on that spot came up masses of seedlings of this plant - goodness knows how long those seeds had laid dormant there just waiting for (presumably) this stimulant. Any thoughts?.

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