Propagation of the Third Kind

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.

Proliferation 23 July 18 IMG_7584

Year 2018

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.Daylily Garden - 22 May 18 IMG_6597

Wind Frills blooms

Wind Frills 28 Dec 17 IMG_5776

On a dark, cold and raining morning on 28 December 2017 at approximately 7:00am one of three buds on a daylily named Wind Frills came into this world and opened itself up in full bloom to the world on the opposite side of the blooming cycle. Alone and in a strange place, awoke and seems to look around at an empty and cold garden to find its place among all the sleepers not yet ready for the warm Spring rains that will signal their rise to glory. It surely must know that by sunset it will have slowly faded away into the darkness of the night and never be seen or noticed by all the others. Why does it bloom when all the others are still asleep? How do we relate this phenomenon to the human adventure when a few are awake when many are still asleep?

To bloom or not to bloom

To bloom or not to bloom is the question we have asked over the years. When a growing healthy daylily proudly displays its beautiful blooms in the Spring of 2016 and decides not to in 2017 we ask why? So far we have found no answers but we keep trying. Is this normal or are we doing something wrong or is there something we are not doing. We are beginning to keep more detailed records and do further research to find the answers. The photos show the daylilies that bloomed in 2016 but were no shows in 2017. If any readers or followers have experienced this phenomenon please email or comment and tell us about it. It would help us in our research.

This is very unusual

Wind Frills December buds IMG_5762

It is very unusual to have a daylily in bud in December but Wind Frills has managed for some reason only known to nature. While the other 100 plus varieties all hunkered down for the winter season. The coming cold could be harsh for this lonely daylily. It will require our personal attention and care to survive and bloom. When the overnight temperature is going below 40 degrees we will bring it into the warmth of the house. Since all of our daylilies are in 5 Gallon pots this is easy to do. The only problem we have with this is our pet cat named “Cat” loves to chew on any and all green house plants and it’s like trying to keep squirrels out of the bird feeder. Wind Frills should bloom in January and when it does we will show you a nice picture.
P.S. “Cat”, a totally black kitten with green eyes appeared one day from out of nowhere and claimed us as her new owners. I found her in the yard one day, lost, alone, hungry and abandoned. I never saw myself as a cat person but what else could I do but pick her up, bring her into my home and offer her a dish of milk. She is now a part of the family.

 

A twist of nature

 

Graceful Eye (L), Goldenzelle (R) 8 Jun 17 IMG_5141

Pollen 2 Graceful Eye 17 Jun 17 IMG_5254

 

Pollen 1 Lovely LadyBug 25 Apr 17 IMG_4614

We have been growing daylilies successfully for a number of years. We have increased the size of our garden by doing it the normal way, the way most people do who love daylilies. We take good care of each plant and give it everything it needs to thrive and reproduce. Soon it will pay us back with new or baby fans which will bloom true to its parents. This is a beautiful thing if you like more of the same. Theresa and I enjoy seeing and raising new varieties but the only way we have to do this is to buy new varieties from other growers or hybridizers. We have had conversations lately and discussed the possibility of hybridizing our own. Just think about it, we could cross breed some of our plants and come up with a beautiful new bloom which no one has ever seen before and give it a new name, one of our own choosing. To be honest we don’t have a clue how this is done but we are researching this. Kathy’s Daylilies is a good place to start. They are doing this successfully and it is a great place to start. We have provided a link to their website. Check it out. You will be amazed. To put it simply, as Kathy’s friend said to her, “You just put pretty on pretty”. But I am sure there is a little more to it. You are fooling around with Mother Nature but the rewards can be worth it. Who knows, maybe Mother Nature just hasn’t got around to it yet. I am sure she would approve.

UPDATE

So far my limited research has shown me that hybridizing can be simple or complex depending on how in depth you wish to pursue your passion. There is something here for everyone. Watch Mother Nature and let her give you a hint as how it is done. A few YouTube videos will take you through the steps in this process to get you started. Check out the links.