Hello Daylily Friends,
As I may have reported, I have been "rebuilding" the daylily beds in the main garden. After I finished the work, and started replanting daylilies, I was "disturbed" because of the shade from the adjacent pine and oak trees. I fretted over the problem for a while, and then consulted Ms. Diana Rae. Diana agreed that the trees were a problem that we just couldn't continue to overcome. So, we then retained our friend, Mr. Stan Wills, who operates "West Cobb Tree Service." The cost that Stan quoted to remove the trees was reasonable, so we had Stan remove 9 massive trees. Most people would not have removed these trees, but as I said to myself, "We're not trying to grow big Pine Trees, instead, we're trying to grow the world's best daylilies." It took Stan and his Crew three days to finish the work, but when they left, everything looked great. I'm so glad that the trees are gone, and now the daylilies should really grow, having so much more sunshine to help them become much larger in size.
Meanwhile, out at the Greenhouse, more work was in progress. My friend came and helped me on "Labor Day," and between the two of us, we got the Greenhouse as clean as it could be. In fact, it was so clean, that it was just "spic and span"! Also, I removed the "shade cloth" that had been on the Greenhouse most of the summer, and the result was so much more sunshine on the seedlings. Daylilies just have to have plenty of sunshine to be at their best, and with the shade cloth being removed, and the thorough cleaning that was done, there is bright sunshine everywhere. As part of the clean up of the Greenhouse, I had to use Stan's "Bobcat" to put many more "wood chips" both inside the Greenhouse, as well as around the Greenhouse. Unfortunately, the Bobcat slid down the hill. and to get it removed, I tore up the drainage pipe. Well, this required more work as if there wasn't enough to do already. When the work was finished you couldn't even see but just the very end of the drainage pipe from under the dirt.
This past week-end was exciting. Jamie and his wife Dianna came to stay the night with us, and it was such a delight. Jamie is a great daylily gardener, and his achievements are many. He is best known for growing unusual forms, and more recently, for putting gorgeous teeth on his petals and sepals. Jamie has created very large daylilies that just can't be overlooked. Diana and I have thoroughly enjoyed Jamie's HEAVENLY ANGEL ICE. It just blooms with so many branches, and there are many days when it has multiple blooms. It is a daylily that just can't be overlooked. It is a candidate for the Stout Medal, and it has our vote because it is, indeed, a superior daylily. At supper, we invited David and Camilla Arthur to come over, and we just talked daylilies up until about midnight. Then, we all had to go to bed to rest for the meeting of the Greater Atlanta Daylily Society. It was a wonderful meeting, and I took a picture of Jamie showing a slide of his daylily named "BEAST MAN." At the meeting we also had a wonderful luncheon. Daylily lunches, after hearing a great daylily presentation, are always good.
Daylilies are the best.