Daylily bed re-do

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Daylily bed re-do

Postby Tigger » Apr 24, 2013 9:58 pm

We did one of those big jobs tonight which will likely go unnoticed by anyone but us: we dug up all the daylilies at one end of our largest berm (about 16 clumps), enriched the soil by tilling in about 2" of mushroom soil, and then planted everything back again in a different arrangement (having divided the larger clumps into threes).

Most of these had been in the same place, undisturbed, since they were planted 14 years ago!

Of course when they're not blooming it was impossible to know what some of the clumps were. I think the NOIDs are multiples of the ones I do remember. We'll sort it out when they bloom, I hope. I spent a good hour looking through all our photographic records, only to realize that while I had decent "portrait" pics of many of these, I had not a single pic showing blooming clumps in relation to one another. Lesson learned! I'll post a pic here in July, which I hope will show the effects of today's rejuvenation.

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Re: Daylily bed re-do

Postby viktoria » Apr 25, 2013 5:22 am

I realize I may have a biased viewpoint but my idea of a daylily bed redo is to give them all away (two pickuploads last year) and plant hostas!

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Re: Daylily bed re-do

Postby Tigger » Apr 25, 2013 11:03 am

Ha! We're doing that in other places, and I snuck in a hosta 'Fat Cat' above the daylilies, where there was too much shade from the amelanchier. When the bed was new, the amelanchier (3) here were small and it was our "sunny" berm. Not so any more!
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Re: Daylily bed re-do

Postby Chris_W » Apr 25, 2013 6:54 pm

Sounds like quite the job to dig a 14 year old daylily clump!

Last summer I finally went around and tagged all of the daylilies in our display beds when they were flowering. It had been a long time since we'd had new labels put in them. The idea was that we would do just as you did and dig them up and rearrange this spring, but looks like that won't happen. Been way too busy (a good thing) :)

Were they slowing down their flowering, which prompted you to dig and divide?
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Re: Daylily bed re-do

Postby viktoria » Apr 26, 2013 4:57 am

"Sounds like quite the job to dig a 14 year old daylily clump!"

Precisely why I gave them away! The deal was bring your own shovels (and backs), clean up and refill the holes from my aged mulch pile. All I had to do was point: that one goes, and that, and that...and presto! no more crowding and room to plant new stuff.

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Re: Daylily bed re-do

Postby oldcoot » May 16, 2013 12:27 pm

If they didn't get all the roots, they will be back next year. This Old Coot has NEVER been able to CLEAR a Daylily bed. For him they are sort of like Iris - they never die.....Why I raise them ..........Coot :eek: :eek: :eek:
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Re: Daylily bed re-do

Postby Ed_B » May 29, 2013 8:23 am

Hosta's like shade, daylilies like sun, digging up old clumps of daylilies is work, so is digging up old clumps of Hosta's.
All the discards from either are placed out by the road, they never are there longer than a few hours.
My whole neighborhood is becoming a daylily mecca from what I've been seeing this spring :beer:
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Re: Daylily bed re-do

Postby Tigger » Jul 08, 2013 6:22 pm

Aaaaaand... While we were away for a family reunion, the effing deer ate 90% of the scapes on the replanted daylilies, so we STILL may not know who some of them are this year. During scape season I try to get deer spray on them every few days, but we had rain before and after we left, so there was no chance for them. Grrrr....

The deer also completely demolished every leaf of hosta 'Dress Blues' and most of a humongous 'Liberty' in the same bed.

After the 40-minute hailstorm we had a week ago, there aren't many bright spots left in the garden this summer. There's always next year.

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Re: Daylily bed re-do

Postby thy » Jul 08, 2013 7:16 pm

So sorry David.
Hail and dear, it is just sad.
Can you do an AHA... or is there not space enough ? Do not know how much Space it needs but it will be a lot of digging :(
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