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Sunday, July 27, 2008

I was thinking about how many lilies I have in my yard. I never thought that they were my favorite flower...but they must be right up there with my faves. I have several different ones, so they bloom throughout the middle and late summer. I found this article and thought it was interesting. I will be dividing some of mine this fall and here are the directions.

For me, the best value in plants is generally determined by three factors. I want them to be low maintenance, I'd like for them to bloom for a long period of time and I'd like for them to come back year after year. Well I know this may sound like a tall order, but there are actually a lot of plants out there that will fill this criteria.

One of the best examples is the daylily. In fact, they have another attribute as well, they can be very vigorous growers, often doubling in number from year to year to the point that they really should be divided every three to five years to continue good blooming.

I've found that the late summer is an excellent time of the year to separate and transplant clumps of daylilies. By doing it at this time, it gives them an opportunity to settle in before shorter days and colder temperatures set in. Also by moving them in late summer as opposed to the spring, it's been my experience that they actually seem to bloom better.

There's really nothing to dividing daylilies. Just carefully lift the clumps with a sharp shovel and gently remove the soil from the roots so you can begin to see the individual plants. Then with a knife separate each plant and remove any foliage that appears dead or diseased.

Now just cut off the foliage at about half and they're ready for transplanting back into the garden. Space them about ten to twelve inches apart, put them in full sun and keep them well watered until they're rooted in.
We are just back from Mass and breakfast out. I think everyone wanted to be at the 8 o'clock
because it is going to be hot today. The AC is off for now, but I know it will be humming this afternoon. We have a party to go to and sometimes we turn on the AC so the dog is comfortable while we are gone. Can you believe that? That's about it for now. I have to change my clothes and get the food that I am taking ready. Deviled eggs, sausage appetizer and that big decorated brownie. (Two brownie mixes)


Judy said...

That food wounds wonderful. You made me hungry. I loved the article because I have daylilys that need dividing this year. I love them and mine are not even in sun and they bloom. They are very low maintenance.

Balisha said...

The food was a hit. Brandon loved the brownie.I was telling my daughter-in-law that she would probably like day lilies in her yard. She works and has no time for flowers. I will probably share.

Anonymous said...

Hope you had a lovely time at your get together. The lillies were lovely by the way. Great tip about when to divide them. I divide Irises in the late summer too.