Crossing Daylilies

Daylilies are one of the easiest plants to learn how to hybridize. The large flowers with easy to get to pollen make it a simple matter to transfer pollen from one flower to another.  There are a couple simple things you need to know before you start hybridizing daylilies. The first is where the pollen is and the second is where to place it!Important Daylily Parts for HybridizingThe two parts of the daylily flower you need to pay attention to are the stigma and the stamen. The stamens are 6 stalk like parts that emerge from the flower. On the end of each stamen is the anther which is where you can find the pollen. It's easy to see if you are doing this in the morning. In the afternoon I have noticed they tend to close and make the pollen harder to get to so the morning is the…

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Daylilies in Bloom: Daylily Hybridizing and Dividing

It's that time of year where the daylilies are becoming the showoffs of the garden. Daylilies (Hemerocallis) area very common collectable perennial here in the south. They propagate very easily through division and are a prime starter plant for people interested in learning how to hybridize plants. Here's a look at a little of what is blooming in our garden this summer: Daylily Hybridization The first two photos are results of my hybridization attempts. While they are pretty, they never developed into a "must have" daylily. Hybridizing is fairly simple, just take pollen from the stamen and dab it on the pistol. It's best done in the early morning before the pollen dries out too much.Make sure you mark the hybridized flower so that you can collect seeds from it later when the pods are ready.         Daylily Division To divide a daylily just dig up the…

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A Quick Update from the Garden

This week has been eventful. I haven't been able to post much about the garden due to the happenings here but I did want to catch everyone up on how things are growing.  Here's a quick update on the garden. The beans are climbing the bamboo trellis I put together.  I gathered it up from a roadside where someone had left it for the city to come by and remove.  I figured I could make good use of them as a bean tee-pee.  It will look more impressive as the beans climb their way to the top. Our lavender is having its best show ever this year.  The honeybees are happy to have it around.  I would bet that the honey they make would be very good from lavender flowers.  I have noticed a drop off in the amount of bees in my garden this year although perhaps their number…

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A New Daylily and Iris Bed

Last week I put together a daylily and iris bed to cultivate and divide more plants for my little plant nursery.  Daylilies and irises are great plants for any garden since they offer so much for so little.  They grow strong without too much attention, enjoy the sun, and are tolerant various soils - which is good since this area has quite a lot of clay! My daylily and iris bed is a small one but will be expanded onto later.  It's about 12 feet long and 4 feet wide.  I tilled it first - which was a challenge since it was on a slope, then raked it smooth and tried to remove any grass clumps left behind.  Ideally I would have located it on level ground but I wanted to keep the level areas of the yard open for three crazy children that need room to run.  Who knows…

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Two More Daylilies!

Yesterday I brought home two more daylilies to add to our daylily collection.  Please welcome 'Serena Sunrise' and 'Custard Candy' to the garden! 'Serena Sunrise' Daylily Both of these daylilies have already been crossed with each other (yesterday) and with my favorite daylily 'Primal Scream' (today)!  I can't wait to see the results, but wait I must! 'Candy Custard' Daylily Both of these daylilies are going to be a part of this month's Lowe's Creative Ideas project which involves planting an edible garden area that is also ornamental.  Daylilies are well known for having edible flowers and when mixed in with more traditional edibles should look fantastic!  For May I put together a vertical garden that uses gutters as planters.

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Our Daylilies of 2012

It's nearly summer which means that it's time for the daylilies to be showing off their flowers. Daylilies aren't native plants by any means but they do really well here in Tennessee.  They have very few problems and tend to grow nearly untended!  I'm sure that combining their low maintenance attribute with their beauty is why they have become so popular. They are definitely not deer resistant and may need protection from deer if the daylilies are planted in a deer prone area, although I don't think we've had the deer eat any of our daylilies yet.  Daylilies get their name from the blooms that open and flower for just a day.  Despite this they can be blooming for several weeks during the summer due to multiple scapes (flower stems) and multiple flowers on those scapes!  I'm getting into daylily hybridizing this year in a more serious way (which means…

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‘Primal Scream’ Daylily AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!

The other day I mentioned I had another daylily that was about to bloom called 'Primal Scream', well that daylily is screaming now! 'Primal Scream' has large orange blooms that have faint hints of reddish coloring in the outer edges of the petals and a more true orange color the further toward the center. I planted my 'Primal Scream' daylily in the birdbath garden which unfortunately no longer has a birdbath. The soldering fell apart around the bracket that held the copper birdbath onto the post. One of these days I'll get around to repairing the old copper birdbath or maybe I'll find a new one. A Master Gardener who lives nearby recently invited our garden club to visit his garden that houses over 600 daylily varieties. I've been very curious about his garden for a while now and hope to make a stop up there while the daylilies are…

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Blooming Daylilies

Daylilies are one of those plants every garden should have. Unfortunately I've been lax in adding daylilies to the garden over the years. I'm not sure why really. It might be the fact that daylilies in the garden centers aren't all that thrilling and that is where I do most of my shopping. I've perused catalogs for various online nurseries and seen some spectacular daylilies. I tend to be hesitant to order much through online nurseries since the plant size tends to be fairly small. I bought a new daylily this year called 'Primal Scream' which won't be featured in this post (You can see 'Primal Scream' here). It's a few days from its first blooms but sports brilliant orange blooms when it does. Or at least it's supposed to, I haven't seen it yet! Here's what our current daylily collection looks like: Stella D'Oro Daylily Stella may be common…

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