Sunday, May 20, 2012

2 to 3 weeks ahead of schedule!

     Well, it's been a weird season to say the least!  We had 80 degree temps in March. (nearly unheard of here in northeast Ohio.) An extremely dry April, and a warmer than average April and May.  Is this the new normal?  It's very strange.  Even stranger is the fact that the daylilies are starting to scape.  Usually this doesn't start here until June.  I have featured a photo at the very top of the page of a couple clumps starting to throw up scapes.  The photo right below it is of my front yard being watered.  I don't have an intricate sprinkling system....just a hose with an oscillating sprinkler attached to it.  For as small as my property is, it does the job.  In addittion to the daylilies scaping faster, they are growing faster.  Check out the photo at the top part of the bottom of the page.  The seedlings planted along the fence were just lined out there last fall.  To have that much increase in such a short amount of time is amazing for us here in Ohio.  I wouldn't be suprised to see some throw scapes.  Bloom in one year.....hey, this isn't Florida!  Finally at the very bottom is a photograph of the damage a raccoon did to one of my deer preventative baggies.  The baggies are made by a company called Green Screen.  They are pretty good at keeping deer away, but not 100%. They are filled with meat meal powder and the damn raccoons love to tear them down and eat up what's inside.  It's a tough battle to grow daylilies, but the rewards are worth it. 

      Finally I just wanted to mention that I spent some time over at Roy Woodhall's today with some other friends including Wayne Listkowski, Dan Robards, and John Hric.  Wayne, Dan, and John did the lion's share of weeding a main bed at the Moldovan gardens.  I showed up late, so I was of little help.  I think what I enjoyed the most was sitting around and talking about Moldovan daylilies with the group.  Dan Robards brought along a patterned seedling that was out of this world.  I wish I had a photograph of it, but I didn't bring my camera.  Sensational job Dan!  Maybe Dan will email me a few pics of his seedlings because I think he's gonna have some incredible introductions in the future!  Hope you all had a nice weekend!


  1. Hi Paul,

    One of the plants Roy gave me -
    Aerial Display has a very small, just starting to show scape.

  2. John,

    Isn't that amazing for this time of the year!? I really enjoyed sitting around talking daylilies. You guys really made Roy happy with all the work you did. It really lifted his spirits. Roy is such an unselfish kind person. I wish his health was better. Enjoy the daylilies. Happy gardening!!!

  3. We are at peak bloom right now. Around 3 weeks ahead of normal.

  4. Forgot to add the name.