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Procurement plants for sale Dec. 2010

First on the tour: Bob and Sara Martin's "Dunroaming Garden"

Bob and Sara Martin's Dunroaming Garden is created with an  eye for the English garden. Their daylilies are densely packed and have many companions. Meandering paths lead to the back of the property where one finds a koi pond and shady place to sit.(Region 12, 2010 Spring)

Small Garden Gems Banquet 2010

Luddy Lambertson showed us to a kaleidoscope of color grown in his Art Gallery Gardens. Many of the photos he showed were progressions of hybridized daylilies that he crossed until he arrived at a unique blend of color, edging, size and garden predictability. (Region 12, 2010 Spring)

Wayne and Fern Johnson's garden

Fern Johnson not only grows wonderful daylilies, but she also makes the most delicious and aromatic lavender shortbread cookies! (Region 12, 2010 Spring)

JoAnn and Paul Little's garden

JoAnn and Paul Little's garden is located  in the Berkshire subdivision. Their daylilies were planted around the pool. She had several clumps, but reported that she has problems with crown rot. Her clumps are more than 3 years old. (Region 12, 2010 Spring)

C.J. & Virginia Gregory "Dragonwood" garden

Overheard in C.J. and Virginia Gregory's garden: "When I see something like this it makes me want to go home and dig up grass!(Region 12, 2010 Spring)

Photos From 17th Annual Daylily Show

In no particular order, here are some shots of the daylily show!

Dealing with Drought

Florida often experiences long periods of dry weather which typically causes government to restrict water availability. Many of the plants we enjoy such as the daylily suffer. There are ways to keep the plants we enjoy growing nicely yet limit the amount of water usage.

Modify The Soil.  Sandy soil doesn't hold water long enough for plant roots to get the amount of water needed. Fertilize easily washes through sandy soil again denying plant roots what they need. A solution is to change the soil close to a plant to make it more water retentive. 

1) Determine about how far your plant sends out it's roots.  Next determine about how deep the roots go.  Daylily roots can spread 18 inches. This is the space you want to modify.

With the target area defined next add items that hold water in a soil such as organic material (leaves, pine needles, wood chips, horse or cow manure, grass clippings, peat moss, and compost). Over do it. Store bought organic products are composted cow manure, top soil, peat moss  and wood chips. Walmart sells a 40 pound bag of composed cow manure for about $1.30 a bag. Dirt cheap yet very effective. Use one 40 pound bag per daylily to achieve a dramatic reduction in water usage plus an increase in plant vigor             

Copyright  2010  Bay Area Daylily Society  -- Banner daylily pictured, 'Madly Red," photo courtesy of Greg Crane