Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Daylilies in mass

I have had some request to see the main daylily flowerbed. I am attempting to show it here. This first photo you can see the Crepe Myrtle in the right corner.

The next photo you can see a hint of the same Crepe Myrtle in the left corner. So these are both sides of the Crepe Myrtle although the house almost looks the same. If you really knew the lay of the land here you would swear I was hanging on by my claws to get these photos. I did try several different angles and best I remember I was standing in the middle of the road to get the first two. But I must have been on a ladder. :)

There are a couple of things I would like to point out. The color you see close to the house are gladiolus, calla lilies and daylilies. Also notice in the first photo, to the left of the Crepe Myrtle there is one tall lily. I will posting some photos of this lily at a later date. I bought it last year at the daylily festival.

There also is a daylily flowerbed in the back yard, at the edge of my deck. And this year we have added some dayliles to the opposite side of the driveway. Some of you might remember the driveway is lined with iris on both sides. The dayliles start right behind the iris. Click here to see my iris flowerbeds. The daylilies that were added on the other side of the driveway were transplanted from the back of the property. We still have not moved all the daylilies from their 'temporary' location they were given in 2005. When we moved them from the temporary location to the front they were not in bloom and that is why the flowerbeds are all colors just mixed together. Some of you have made comments about all the digging for the 15 new varieties. The hard work for it was done about a month ago. When we moved some more daylilies from the back Jimmy tilled the soil for those, plus enough room for the festival (he knows I will come back with plenty) and mulched it all. With all the rain we have had this spring the soil was still soft and the actual planting took about 30 minutes. Oh, and the dreaded 'Common Roadside Orange' has it's own flowerbed on the opposite corner of the front yard.

The last two photos are both taken of the section shown in the first photo, looking in the opposite direction. The dead looking part on the right side is the Lolipop Lilies that are finished for the year. Yes, Darla you do see an old bloom hanging on the double orange, missed one. It takes me 1 hour and 10 to 15 minutes to deadhead the daylilies if I don't stop for anything else. I only deadhead a couple times a week. Takes about the same amount of time each time whether I skip a day or do it everyday. So I skip, for the sake of time. I have been noticing while I am out there I am having some real slow drivebys right now. Glad they are just looking at the flowers.
The green you can see behind the daylilies is across the road. Appears to be hedge, but it is the guardrail covered in honeysuckle. The daylilies are planted right up the edge of the bank that drops off to the road. I walk very carefully around that edge to photograph the daylilies on that side.
I really do enjoy my daylilies, I always think whatever is in bloom at the time is my favorite. I love daffodils, iris and daylilies, but I do think my absolute favorite are the daylilies. Who can compete with 60,000 varieties? Yes, I miss-quoted it last week, not 70,000, but just 60,000 varieties of daylilies introduced since 1900.
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Darla said...

Oh Leedra, you have so been holding out on us. I understand wanting to have this view all to yourself but come on! It's gorgeous!!!!

Jen said...

so what's ten thousand more? ha!
Gorgeous! and I know you probably would stand on a ladder or climb a tree to get a picture wouldn't you?

Shellmo said...

You really have a flower garden showplace over there! You have been holding out on us! More photos - more!!!

Dorothy said...

Those las two photos are gorgeous!! Love those Daylilies!!

lisaschaos said...

Leedra you have a beautiful home and garden!! No wonder the butterflies flock to you!

Anonymous said...

Such lovely flower beds and I see some familiar daylilies! It is a thrill to see each and variety open, isn't it??? Thanks for the beautiful photos Leedra.

Melissa Weisbard said...

Beautiful! I wish I had the time to maintain such a beautiful garden. Now I just plant flowering bushes that require little maintenance. I just don't have the time to weed and trim. However, I did plant about 25 gladiola bulbs this spring. I can't wait until they bloom!

The Early Birder said...

Just FABULOUS Leedra. Colour in abundance. Thanks for showing your every day views.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Your yard and flowers are gorgeous.The mixed colors look like a beautiful bouquet.

Pam said...

These are beautiful. I love the different variety of daylilies. All the different colors are absolutely gorgeous. I say we will always love the daylilies especially with 60,000 varieties, we have a long way to go.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful photos, Leedra. I love your rows and rows of daylilies. I think I agree---the daylilies are prettier than the Iris....

Me??? I love our Roses the most --then the lilies and then the tulips and then the daylilies. BUT---I love 'em all!!!!!

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous home and flowers.

Love you, Friend,

Mary said...

Wow...these are so wonderful! What beautiful well-tended flower beds you have. You must work very hard at this and the results are wonderful!

Mary C said...

Lovely, Leedra. One of the nicest things about daylilies and their prolific colors is that the plants themselves take very minimal care/maintenance. Don't you think so? All I ever do with mine is water them (and now and then my husband gives them a little fertilizer).