Walked outside this morning, and my cat Sammy was sitting on the deck. He seemed to be looking at our beautiful Maple tree in our back yard with its glorious yellow and gold leaves. We sometimes think of other places to visit to see fall colors, rather than where we live, but really, we don't usually need to go anywhere. Right here at home the fall colors are just amazing. I planted this particular Maple tree on Kelley Rae's 16th birthday. It has been beautiful at every time of the year: spring, summer, winter and fall. I need to clean up the accumulation of fall leaves in the yard, but I will probably wait until even more leaves fall.
I took a trip to Wood-Tech, LLC, to purchase several truck loads of soil. The particular soil that I purchased was "organic planting mix." The cost was only $50.88 per pick-up truck load. I'm showing several pictures. You can see where the soil was being made, and you can also see the loader that was used to move and load the dirt. Wood-Tech is located in Ball Ground, Georgia, and they not only have different types of soil for sale, they also sell many different types of "mulch products."
Even though I had a truck load of soil, I stopped by Griffin Greenhouse & Nursery Supplies to purchase more fertilizer and some Banner-Maxx chemical. I took a picture of Jerry removing the fertilizer from the warehouse shelf. I then had Jerry load it into the middle of my truck for better weight distribution. It is about a 45 minute drive from my house to Wood-Tech and Griffin, and these two companies are only about a mile from each other. The fertilizer that I purchased was Florikan 16-4-9, which is a slow release fertilizer that releases over 270 days at a temperature of 70 degrees. Each 50 pound bag costs $71.00. Quite an expense, but this fertilizer is absolutely necessary in order to grow "first class" daylilies.
My eighth and last introduction for the Spring of 2012 will be my MARIETTA MELON. The cross is as follows: (Leslie Renee x Kennesaw Mountain Hayride). I must say that MARIETTA MELON is the best daylily that I have grown when using KENNESAW MOUNTAIN HAYRIDE as one of the parents. MARIETTA MELON is 33" tall with 3-way branching, 14 buds, and a 6" flower. What I particularly like about this flower is its deep pink color, and the fact that it is so "flat." The sepals are very wide, the green throat helps intensify the pink color, and it is pod and pollen fertile. The cost for MARIETTA MELON is $100.00.
I started growing daylilies around 1992, and I liked them so much that I eventually removed my entire 1/2 acre vegetable garden, and instead planted just daylilies. Many friends came to see the daylilies, there were several newspaper articles about the daylilies, then, our daylily garden was featured on "Gardener's Diary" on HGTV in 2001. I became so much interested in daylilies that I served as General Counsel for the AHS from 2000 to 2005. My wife Diana and I ultimately founded the Cobb County Daylily Society, and I have now served two terms as President. Diana has served two terms as our Secretary. My wife Diana and I were married forty-five years ago, on May 17, 1969, in Diana's hometown of Milbank, South Dakota. We have one daughter, Kelley Rae, and one grand daughter, Beautiful Lily Rae.