Woodland shade gardening with a purpose – pleasure, creativity, rainwater collection!
Double day lilies are beautiful and full, especially the ones with ruffling around the edges of their petals. But this is the first time I have seen a TRIPLE day lily blossom. They are like little fountains rising into the air, and several of the day lily clusters in my gardens are producing these. Where did I acquire them? I’m not even sure. They are probably from The Edisto Island Day Lily Lady in South Carolina, from whom I purchased day lilies with unique characteristics, many years ago.
A few weeks ago I tackled the project of digging out the overgrowth of plants in my day lily beds, leaving holes to catch rainwater, and to give a boost to the growth of the more mature plants I left in place. Some of the smaller plants had immature flower stalks, so they were saved and relocated to slightly balance the presentation. The goal is to have full, individual foliage bouquets of mature plants, blooming heavily, with enough space between the plants to showcase each specimen. The overgrown look was nice for a strong look of greenery, but the plants seldom bloomed.
Every day, now, there are new flower stalks and blossoms. Did the remaining plants respond this quickly to having a bit of room for their roots, and receiving a few days of deep, reviving supplemental watering from the garden hose? Or were these plants already willing to produce blossoms of this quantity due to all the good rain we received this spring? Would they have bloomed this well, even if I hadn’t thinned the younger plants out? I may never know, but I am surely delighted by seeing the most day lily blossoms I have had in my gardens in quite a few years.
I gave away huge numbers of day lilies during this project, and will be delighted to see them blooming in my neighbors’ gardens. They will be like a spreading sea of day lilies across the neighborhood!
Woodland shade gardening with a purpose - pleasure, creativity, rainwater collection!
THE JOY OF GARDENING IN THE SHADOWS
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