Welcome to My Garden

Welcome to My Garden!

This site is a photo gallery that follows my garden throughout the year. The garden currently contains over 70 potted plants. Pots range in size from 12" to 30", and have a variety of permanent residents, and contain everything from daylilies to brightly colored shrubs. As the potted plants bloom, they are rotated throughout the yard. Once they finish blooming, they are moved out and new blooming plants are rotated to the front. The daylilies love living in pots, and are much easier to keep groomed and fertilized.

My registered daylilies are labeled as they come from the seller. I don't guarantee the names of any of them.


August. Really behind on updating the site. Lots of changes in the last couple of years.

The prospect of drought has brought a lot of changes to the garden. We have found new homes for all but about 30 of our favorite daylilies. Most of the potted shrubs have been moved out of pots and planted directly into the ground. The new plants are mostly grasses and plants that will tolerate less water.


September. Finally made some time to catch up a bit on the photos of the garden in general, both from 2007 and from the first half of this year. Hope to catch up on the rest of the photos for the site now that we seem to have solved the internet connection problem that has made it so painful to try and update the site.

June. We had one case of rust at the start of the year, one of my favorite old timers, Red Eyed Ruffles. It is gone, and I didn't even bother trying the sprays because it was totally ineffective last year. Actually fertilized a couple of times. The older varieties really appreciated it and it shows in their blooms. Many of the new varieties appear to be much more tempermental than the older ones. Several of the daylilies are badly in need of re-potting, but I may not be able to do it this year. Daylilies have been blooming now for about 3 weeks, but it's hard to say yet who the stars will be this year. Those showing the most potential are Seminole Blood, Cluster Muster, Villa Del Sol, and Barbara Mitchell.


December. We planted a number of new shrubs and perennials that were purchased to fill in the bare spots left from removing daylilies (with varying degrees of success). The lantana was not able to tolerate even mildly cool weather without getting large black splotches on its leaves, so it was removed. The daylilies seemed to appreciate getting more regular feedings this year, although the funky weather did seem to make for fewer blooms on many varieties.

July. This will always be remembered as the year that rust made it into my yard. Because everyone in the family has breathing problems and we are retired, we could not use the commercial sprays. I tried alternative methods and was not successful. The plants that were infected were disposed of. See the Daylilies Page for all the details.

I also decided that it was time to cut back on the number of daylilies. I long feel that I can keep up with the yard. Because of the rust, I did not feel that the plants could go to someone else.

Some of the daylilies really put on a show in spite of the low bud count and cool mornings. I think my favorite flower this year was PINK FLIRT, which really was beautiful, and it was just as beautiful when it faded out in the evening. The most prolific bloomer was and is Villa Del Sol. She started blooming in Nov. 2006 and has bloomed almost constantly since.

May. Finally got the photos for some of the new varieties posted. Have a lot more to post over the next couple of weeks.


October. Updated the annuals page for all of the lovely poppies and some volunteers from previous years that re-seeded themselves. There are a few new daylilies that we can expect to bloom either later this year or next year. Nearly all of the daylilies have finished blooming, with just a few scapes active on some of the re-bloomers. Cleaned out a lot of daylilies to make room for some of the new arrivals.

July. This year the entire garden suffered because health problems forced us to limit the amount of time that we could spend in the garden. As a result, the normal fertilizing in the fall and spring did not happen, and it really affected the potted plants and their performance for 2006.

June. The weather this year has been too cold and too wet to make any of the daylilies happy. The first daylilies opened nearly a month later than last year. It's already June, and several of the daylilies are just starting to bloom.

Only the poppies and the volunteer annuals kept the garden from looking bare after the daffodils finished blooming.


October. The weather this year has been even worse than last year. We started off the year with twice the normal amount of rain, which didn't help because we also had more fog than any time in the past 45 years. We had 69 no sun days in the first four month. I think lack of sun caused very short scapes and poor bud count.

Only those daylilies that bloomed later (mostly Munsons) had scapes of normal height, and also slightly better bud count. By the end of September, those that are finally re-blooming have some really tall scapes. Weird year all around.

July. There was a lot less sun this season, and it is showing up as very low bud counts on all the daylilies. We also had a problem with the daylilies that were supposed to be doubles that only bloomed as singles (one never doubled, and a second only had about four doubles at the very end of its season when the weather finally warmed up). 

The new varieties have bloomed, and their pictures have been posted. Bud counts for the established plants have been posted (counted the worst and best scapes to give a range), along with this year's comments.



This year was one of the worst for daylilies since I started growing them. From January through April, the weather was cool and either cloudy or foggy for 59 days. Some of the foggy days would only have sunshine for 3 or 4 hours, not near enough to make the flowers in my yard happy. This is the dreariest weather we have had in the 44 years we have lived here. There have been many years where we had much more rain, but never has there been so little sun.

The mini roses all developed a terrible case of rust, and they were disposed of.

I planted Caladiums for the first time this year, and it was cool for so long that I was afraid they would rot in the pots, but eventually the weather warmed and the sun came out and they finally sprouted. They are quite nice, and I will even go so far as to dig them up this fall and store them properly for next year. I had always though that they required shade like hostas, and then I watched a show on TV where they were growing them for commerce in Florida, and they were all out in the sun in a big field. A light bulb went off in my head (and Home Depot had them on sale for 75% off), and the rest is history. I don't know how they will do in a normal year when we have lots of sun and heat, but what's the worst that can happen?

I have a large section of a very small yard tied up with my daylily seedlings, and that was not the smartest idea I ever had. Started with 211, which doesn't sound like much until you try to find somewhere to put all those pots. Of course, the one gallon pots turned out to be way too small, so I had to get some 5 gallon ones. If it weren't for the fun of watching for new scapes, it would be much cheaper to buy some new ones that you can see in advance.

Overall, it has not been the greatest year in the garden, but gardening beats most of the alternatives available.




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