Our little Daylily garden on our 20 acres of heavily wooded forest borders the State Park here in Northeast Florida. Away from all the city lights, it gets really dark at night. Sometimes late at night if I go outside I can hear strange sounds coming from the dense woods just beyond the range of my flashlight. Sounds that I never hear in the daylight. I don’t know what kind of creature makes these sounds but my young daughter won’t venture far beyond the back door after dark. Of course the park has a five foot wire fence along it’s perimeter as I have seen on a nice sunny day while venturing through the woods to check out the back of our property line. I noticed that the wire fence was pulled down in places as if something large and heavy had tried to climb over it. I meant to mention that to the Park Ranger. I also noticed several paths traversing through our property. Something has been through here and it looks like its been often. Recently I have been puzzled about the condition of some of our daylilies. A number of them are missing some of their healthy green foliage, like they were hit by a weed eater or string trimmer. I wasn’t too worried about it because they will grow back. What kind of creatures do you think could be wandering through our yard when no one was watching? Knocking over flower pots and munching on fresh green leaves and flower buds too. A few pictures will tell many words. Yep! You’re right. You guessed it. DEER. More than one too. Three to five young females along with their mother stumbled onto our Daylily garden and they were not about to leave. We took a few pictures, enjoyed their visit before our presence frightened them away. I know they will be back when no one is watching, early one morning. We tried to discourage them from eating our lovely daylilies by spraying some Deer repellant around. But it stinks so bad that even I don’t want to be in the garden. Don’t know if it works yet. What if they like it? Then what? chomp chomp
When a rust like residue is seen on your daylily foliage is not from nearby rusty nails. This rusty yellow orange substance is actually a fungus that appears mostly on the under side of the leaves and looks like many small dots or pustules. If you are not sure what you are seeing just wipe the leaf with a clean white tissue and if you get streaks of yellow orange you have rust. Technically it is a fungus called Puccinia hemerocallidis. This Daylily rust is not likely to kill your Daylilies but it can make them look really bad. We have not noticed any bud or bloom damage from this Rust Fungus. There are some fungicides available to treat your plants. If you chose not to use fungicides you should remove the affected foliage and the brown dead leaves but keep them far away as even the dead leaves can spread the rust from the blowing wind. For Daylilies grown in the warm southern climate this rust problem can be severe. In the northern climate the prolonged cold will either kill the rust fungus or cause it to go dormant. For more detailed information see https://www.daylilies.org/ahs_dictionary/daylily_rust.html
Here are some examples of using Fractal Geometry with a single flower. They are computer generated images using mathematical algorithms for the Mandelbrot and Julia sets. Basically it is a process of repeating a geometric pattern an infinite number of times each time it is smaller but identical to infinity. The process of doing so is not basic but is in range of today’s fast computers.
The Mandelbrot Set
The Julia Set
Some daylilies, due to their variety or the light or weather conditions in which they are grown, develop very tall stems and have difficulty holding up their heavy head of blooms and buds. When we find this happening we get out the plant support props which we purchased earlier at Lowe’s, Home Depot or the local garden store. There is nothing more disheartening than seeing a daylily with bent over stems or a beautiful bloom facing the ground when it should be facing the sky. These support post have proven very useful on windy days and will keep tall blooming plants from being whipped around.
Three ways to increase the size of your daylily garden.
Watch for new fans to emerge next to the parent plant. Separate them carefully and relocate them to their own place in the garden.
Let the bees, butterflies and Humming Birds do their job. Save and store the seeds after pollination for replanting later. Mother Nature will surprise you and give you different colors from the seeds. You can even cross-pollinate different blooms from different daylilies your self and experiment for new colors.
Watch for proliferations of young new plants or fans forming on the stems where buds have formed and bloomed but have died and fallen off. When you see the roots emerging cut off the stem below the young fan or proliferation and put them into moist soil.
Note: Not all daylilies will produce proliferations.
Either way it is a lot of fun and you may learn something new.
This is for my daughter Rachel who has shown an interest in daylilies and eagerly awaits the challenge and willing to learn something new and rewarding.
This year 2018 started out well. In the month of May just as expected our daylilies were full of swollen buds in every direction we looked. The mornings were pleasant and the sun was warm. With the daylilies blooming everywhere in the early morning I was setting up my camera and tripod each day to begin taking the photographs that I enjoyed so much every year. Then it started to rain. It is now the end of July and still it rains every day. The temperature stays around 85 to 95 degrees with the humidity at 90 to 97 percent. With the real feel temperature at 103 to 104 degrees. I have lived in Florida all my life and have never seen weather like this before. The daylily blooms are lovely but the foliage is suffering from fungus causing much black spot and rust. The plants are not very pretty this year. You can say “the fungus is among us” and be correct. I am happy to say that the photographs have turned out nice and will be posted as year 2018 pictures. I haven’t decided yet to post all of the pictures or just the new varieties as it depends on the space available on the web site. I hope you enjoy them as much as Theresa and I do.