Garden Photo of the Day

Daylilies in Michaele’s garden in Tennessee

This is the area that is filled with daffodils in the early spring. It has many of the more old fashioned varieties and they are all very robust.

Today’s photos are from meander1, Michaele Anderson! She says, “Hi, Michelle and fellow GPOD-ers. Well, this is the time of year when I become consumed with daylilies. I experience daylily delirium and the only cure is…(drum role, please)…more daylilies!

These strong yellows are named ‘Mary Todd’ and I always feel like they are exclamation points around our horse statue. Every now and then they will put up a stalk or two in a rebloom phase.

Every year, before they start blooming,  I am sure that I have more than enough. Sigh, but then I go to my favorite grower who specializes in the ones with interesting shapes and edging and yep, I’ll come home with a new one.

The amount of shade through this hosta area isn’t ideal but this soft yellow one manages to light things up.

When we first moved to our farm property 19 years ago, there were a couple different daylilies already in place and they began my love affair (…obsession…whatever you want to call it) with these flirtatious garden delights.

This is a fancy double called ‘Holiday Party’ and I must confess that it is a current favorite.  I am sooo looking forward to dividing it and having additional clumps. That will be something on my list that I bet I actually get to!

I have gone through different phases and my purchasing pattern makes no great sense. During the bloom period, I take copious notes on how I want to move things around come fall and the following spring. I usually only get through a third of my list of to-dos but I give myself credit for good intentions. Then I start a new list for the following year. It’s neverending.

If you should comment, please mention what your own favorite daylily is, if you know its name, and/or describe it.”

Close up of ‘Holiday Party’. I find its subtle coloration very appealing.

Oh, please do, everyone, and I think you can add photos in the comments now, too! Thanks, Michaele! I love when you check in with photos of your awesome garden.

Keep sending in photos of your gardens, everyone!

At the end of this bed of coneflowers and annual black-eyed susans are several clumps of a daylily called ‘All Fired Up’. It is not shy about holding its own among all that other color. It is a fairly reliable rebloomer for a seond flush.
Another favorite among my doubles is ‘Savannah Style’
I often do some deadheading after dinner so this is a pile from a round of snipping. It’s nice to do this when the flowers aren’t all mushy.
This loud one is labeled  ‘Fashion Police’… Ha, I think I fell in love with the name. Sometimes that happens to me with dayliles and hostas.
A happy clump of ‘Ruby Spider’, a large-flowered variety.

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  1. user-1020932 07/22/2014

    Mike, you are the Queen of Hemerocallistan. every section of your place is beautiful, so well put together and maintained and always always with color. keep sending those pics in since it seems i can't ever get to Knoxville anymore.

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      meander_michaele 07/23/2014

      Hmm, Jeff, the mysteries of the black hole comments can fall into . I babbled on a bit to you here earlier but now it has disappeared. Of course, it will probably spontaneously reappear and then I will look repetitious. Anyway, I had admitted that I never change around my furniture indoors but I'm always thinking about how to rearrange my daylilyies. Right now, the bug in my bonnet has to do with adding to a swath of yellows ...with the goal being that there are different varieties staggered in a long curving line and the yellow blooms will seem like they last for a very long time. I think between early bloomers and late, I can get at least 6 weeks out of the impression. See, that's an example of how I am obsessed.

  2. PerenniallyCrazy 07/22/2014

    Been wondering when this post was coming up - it is long overdue. I hope we get a day 2 because your garden never ceases to amaze me (and I'd like to see Darwin's latest creations too). I would never leave home if I had a garden like yours Michaele!

    As far as daylilies are concerned, I have to say my favorite is Sublime Lime. I believe they are bred locally. If you're ever in these parts, we are definitely going to his nursery. =)

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      meander_michaele 07/23/2014

      Uh, oh, Cherry, looks like I'm going to be a busy googling girl (and I might be giggling a little while I'm googling)...anyway, I found a gorgeous picture of ;Sublime Lime' and, oh, yes, I can easily see why it won you over. I especially love those puckered ruffly edges. I ended up on the original growers website and the description of the budcount sounds amazing. I think I'm going to be falling in love with a lot of new daylilies.
      I didn't overload Michelle with any pictures of the succulent display stand or Gnomeville...they will make their debut someday in the future.

      1. PerenniallyCrazy 07/23/2014

        You should! I love them. Don't forget the happy lass too.

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          meander_michaele 07/23/2014

          Hmm, I'm wondering if by "happy lass" you mean what I call my joyful lady who is in the wooden grapecart that is filled with succulents and sedums.? If so, she is in her glory! I should take a picture tomorrow.

          1. PerenniallyCrazy 07/23/2014

            Please do. I'll try to remember her name next time around.

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    meander_michaele 07/22/2014

    Thanks for your kind comments and your input, Pat. That looks like a genuine pink you have there which is sometimes hard to find. Oh, a catalog writer will describe a variety as "pink" and the color might be a little photoshopped but you have the real deal...lucky you! We have been having so much rain thisummer so far, I wish we could be sending some you way.

  4. ClareRocky 07/23/2014

    Michaele, I love your daylilies and your enthusiasm! Your garden is beautiful.

    My absolute favorite daylily is 'Indian Giver'. I love it's purple coloring with a fine white edge. These are very vigorous and I was able to divide them last fall to give to friends.

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      meander_michaele 07/23/2014

      I'll bet you had some very happy friends, Clare. That's kind of a fun but ironic name for a flower that's so pretty that it's bound to be shared...it's not like you're going to ask for it back. Having that white edging certainly sets off the purple to perfection. It's always so nice when a dayliliy is vigorous and able to be divided early on.

      1. ClareRocky 07/23/2014

        Thanks meander1. This is the first time I've posted pictures with comments and I didn't see the pics after I posted so I tried again and now I see they are posted twice.

    2. GrannyMay 07/23/2014

      I can see why it is your favourite. Such a lovely colour! Onto my "wish list" it goes!

  5. ClareRocky 07/23/2014

    Here are some pictures of 'Indian Giver'.

    1. iccarrion 07/23/2014

      I love that daylily Clare Olivia and I will go ahead and admit that I had that pic as the background on my iPad. I have too much shade and deer to indulge my daylily passion!

      1. ClareRocky 07/23/2014

        I hear you, Isabel! The only reason I am able to grow dayllies is because we have a tall fence around the entire backyard that keeps the deer out.

    2. rebeccalearnihan 07/26/2014

      Beautiful!

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    Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/23/2014

    Hooray! Another tour of your fabulous estate garden! ;) Looks sublime as always. As glad as I am to see this post, I am a little angry because I can see your past submissions below and I want to tour them all over again and I need to leave for work. :( Maybe later.... I am especially enamored of that sculptural rain-catching sculpture thingy with beautiful Holiday Party. I only have two daylillies: Elisabeth Salter (sp?) and Rose Emily. Rose Emily opens a dark muddy color and fades to a light muddy color - I only bought it because my oldest daughter's name is Emily Rose. I'll try to find some photos later. Thanks for sharing!

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      meander_michaele 07/23/2014

      I totally understand responding to the sentimental allure of a daylily (or any other plant ) name. Seems like 'Emily Rose' should be among the fairest of the fair...a real daylily princess...instead of the reality being a "muddy" color. Some grower wasted a great name. No fair! Thanks for the kind words about my garden. I'm always plugging away and tending to it makes me happy.

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        Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/23/2014

        Here's some photos. I guess that Rose Emily doesn't look so muddy when it first opens. Looking at Clare's photo she posted and having it pop up has made me think of rebellion. From now on I'll be posting photos of my garden as a cGPOD comment so they can be sharp, high-resolution images with pop ups!! :)

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          meander_michaele 07/23/2014

          Oh, yes, Tim, based on this photo, you were waay too hard on your 'Rose Emily'...it's a soft peach color with the fun puckered edges and it looks like it has nice substance. HA, maybe the muddy color is from her evil twin, 'Emily Rose' who only shows up in certain light! I got them them reversed in my above comment so it happens easily...just kidding, of course :).

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            Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/23/2014

            I should have said, Elizabeth Salter is the peach flower with great substance and Rose Emily is the second photo that is a dusky pink. It fades to a sort of cocoa color by mid-day. cheers

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            meander_michaele 07/23/2014

            I don't know Tim, maybe you are just too gifted a photographer because your 'Rose Emily' still looks lovely to me (now that I know it is the 2nd picture) and not muddy in color.

        2. MichelleGervais 07/23/2014

          Whoa, Tim, I had no idea you could enlarge photos in the comments!! I am tempted to just do whole posts in the comments..... ;-)

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            Tim_Zone_Denial_Vojt 07/23/2014

            Now That's what I'm talking about! Surely Whatever upload format you have for the post can be updated with better downsampling for the post and pop ups! I hope........:)

          2. MichelleGervais 07/23/2014

            I've been promised that we will get enlargement capabilities back.....crossing my fingers.

  7. greengenes 07/23/2014

    Oh boy! What a start for the day! Michaele, your gardens are beautiful and I so do want to see more! Daylilies are something I want to get into more. I have a couple but the sun seems to fade them because they never seem to be the color that it showed in the catalog or the packaging label. I think they are a wonderful splash of color and I enjoy their form. I have a really old one but I know not the name. It is a single yellow and it came from my grandmother from years ago. It seems to welcome in the dog days of summer here.
    Oh thanks so much for showing us your place. The horse statue is awesome, too!

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      meander_michaele 07/23/2014

      Have you ever noticed if your heirloom daylily has a pleasing fragrance,, greengenes? There is one called 'Hyperion' that is a much loved classic and is quite popular to this day esp. since it has some pleasing fragrance. It is the main one in my yellow bed that I was telling Jeff about that I want to add to with other varieties. Buying daylilies without seeing the actual bloom in person is often like finding the prize at the bottom of a crackerjack box...a surprise!

      1. greengenes 07/23/2014

        My yellow daylily seems to not have much of a scent. Too bad, huh..

  8. greengenes 07/23/2014

    Michaele I just looked at the other photos michelle set up for us! What a gorgeous place. That pink grass is something I will try to get growing here! Oh, plant lust is taking over right now...But all the rockery! Are they from your property? I get so excited when we unearth a large boulder or go pick them out at the landscapeing stores, but to pick them off the land would be so fun! The little resting place out of stone is awesome! I wish I lived closer to you. For sure id be over for a tour or even help pull weeds! Thanks again!

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      meander_michaele 07/23/2014

      My little town of Friendsville is known for it's rocky fields and marble quarries. In some areas, it's almost impossible to drive a fence post in because of all the rock. We seem to have some farm acreage that is fairly rock free so our stone has come from a source up in the mountains. I have often joked that when I say I want a rock for Christmas, I am NOT talking diamonds!

      1. greengenes 07/23/2014

        Oh that's so cute, Michaele...yes, my husband knows that all I want for Christmas or my birthday is rock or a huge load of fish compost!
        That must be hard then for people there to garden unless they bring in huge amounts of dirt to raise soil levels. Did you lay the stone or had it done? And in your little building is it solid or faced with rock? I went to Ireland last year and the rock over there was so beautiful! They had miles and miles of rock fencing and the homes from long ago are still standing and being used. It is such a great building medium!

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          meander_michaele 07/23/2014

          Ha, "fish compost" something new to put on my wish list. Does it happen to smell bad or is it so well composted that odor is not an issue?
          I will admit that most of the hardscaping involving rock has been done by professionals. I did one little stretch of a 2 level wall many years ago and I was humbled by how hard it was. Jeff,, otherwise known as tntreeman, is worth his weight in gold and his area is lucky to have a professional with his gifts.
          Your trip to Ireland sounds wonderful...a real feast for the eyes.

          1. greengenes 07/23/2014

            Yes, fish compost is the best besides goat manure. It has no smell and it is black so when I plant a plant, I dig a large hole and mix in the fish compost and then plant. I also top dress or mulch the beds with the compost. The black color of the compost seems to make everything pop! The colors are so in your face!

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            meander_michaele 07/23/2014

            Fish compost and goat composts are both news to me. Do you buy it by the truck load or bag full? Sounds like an awesome garden supplement.

          3. greengenes 07/23/2014

            Back again to hear and see more! We buy the fish compost by the yard, $45.00 or you can get a big dump truck of it. The goat manure I had when I raised and milked goats. That was wonderful stuff!

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            meander_michaele 07/23/2014

            We have a large Monterey Mushroom facility in our general area and I know that one can mushroom compost from them. We have a huge compost pile we are forever replenishing with lawn clippings, dead heading, etc. except it is definitely not weed free so I can't use it as a top dressing. I'll use a scoop of it down in a hole when I plant something.

  9. NCYarden 07/23/2014

    Man, that is spectacular. I'm always a bit torn over daylilies, in that I hate that the name is just too literal. Why couldn't they be "several-days-worth-daylilies?" Ha. But I see when you have a large swath of them, it really doesn't matter. Those beds are lush with clolor. We have a local specialist here too and just to drive by the farm, which you can see from the road, is cause for an accident this time of year. But it's even nicer to wander the rows, even you if I don't buy any. Your garden photos are reminiscent of his farm. Thanks for sharing.

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      meander_michaele 07/23/2014

      Without a doubt, NC Yarden, you have hit the nail on the proverbial head when it comes to the darned literal truth about the "day" in daylily. I am sure the big movers and shakers in the plant world are busy in the labs trying to genetically modify the DNA on that feature. And when it comes to local growers, I so admire the ones that go a step further and do some of their own hybridizing. I found out quickly that I don't have the patience or attention to detail to follow through on it for myself.
      When that bank is filled with all the more old fashioned types in bloom, I say that the circus has come to town.

  10. GrannyMay 07/23/2014

    Wonderful daylilies in a wonderful garden! Michaele I can already imagine your dream of a curving swathe of yellows pictured here, with raves from all of us! If anyone can do it, you can!

    Do you have Hemerocallis 'Malja'? It has beautiful variegated leaves and golden/orangey blossoms. I've been growing it in a container for about 3 years, so it hasn't expanded much but always looks lovely.

    1. GrannyMay 07/23/2014

      Here is a photo.

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        meander_michaele 07/23/2014

        Oh, I'm so glad you included that photo, Granny May...wow, variegated daylily foliage...how special. I have never seen that. That white banding is really dramatic and no wonder you keep it as a container specimen. 'Malja definitely has my attention and I'm off to do a google search on the whole category of variegated foliage daylilies...veddy interesting!

        1. GrannyMay 07/23/2014

          Here is a photo of the leaves - I haven't for some reason taken a good picture of the whole thing.

          1. greengenes 07/23/2014

            Ooh! Love it! I didn't know this existed!!!

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            meander_michaele 07/23/2014

            Those leaves are gorgeous. Do they stay that that healthy looking all season? I'm surprised the big box sellers haven't jumped on this one for mass production.

          3. Luvfall 07/23/2014

            I have Malja in my garden too and I'd grow it for the foliage alone. It vibrant and stays beautiful all summer. Much less trouble than some of the variegated grasses and the flowers are a bonus. I'll suggest adding Yao Ming to your field of yellow. Its five foot tall scapes are magnificent.

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            meander_michaele 07/23/2014

            Yao Ming sounds like a yowza of a daylily...at 5 ft tall, it's the tallest I've ever heard of.

          5. GrannyMay 07/23/2014

            Yes, the leaves usually stay gorgeous. Right now they are looking a bit droopy cause we had weeks of heat and drought and it was hard to keep all the containers watered enough. It has two stems full of buds so I'm hoping it will put on a fine display soon.

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            meander_michaele 07/23/2014

            If it fits into your theme, I'd love if you included a picture of it in bloom the next time you share a group of pictures.

  11. Sheila_Schultz 07/23/2014

    Our dearest Michaele... your gardens never fail to make me happy, and today's photos are no exception. Every vignette tells a different story that portrays the loving care you so naturally give to all that surrounds you. Mother Nature has nothing on you, my friend! Your daylilies are simply breathtaking.

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      meander_michaele 07/23/2014

      Thanks, Sheila. Hey, I am just starting to watch a video tutorial that "starred" your garden. That had to be a lot of fun to have Rebecca (the instructor) around and hearing her observations...or did she banish you from the sidelines during the taping? Of course, she was very complimentary towards everything but does have some good points about what she was trying to instruct on. I'm looking forward to finishing my watching later today.

      1. Sheila_Schultz 07/23/2014

        Have fun with Rebecca's class. It was wonderful having her within my grasp for a few days. Funny thing about the garden she chose is that until this spring it had always been my easy, balanced garden. Last winter was brutal on that garden in particular, I lost so many plants and the balance was gone. Yay Rebecca! Do you have her books? Her newest, 'Refresh Your Garden Design w/ Color, Texture & Form' is a must read for gardeners old and new. You'll love it!

  12. iccarrion 07/23/2014

    Such beautiful daylilies Michaele! I haven't been very successful with them, except for a red one I grew from seed in my last house that I eventually divided and would bloom profusely. I finally broke down and decided to add a couple of the common yellow re-blooming variety to edge our waterfall. I don't know if the amount of sun that area gets is ideal for them but I figured I'd give it a try! I do have a rather comical story with a daylily I bought as bare root and planted in my old house. The season after I moved out it finally bloomed, of course. When my tenant vacated the house last year, I took it as an opportunity to transplant some of my old plants to the new house, including this daylily. Fast-forward to this summer, I was ecstatic when I noticed it had a stem full of buds. Well, I came home one day to find the &*^%$ deer had chewed the stem with the buds clean off. Needless to say, I was a bit mad but I guess I should've known better. I promptly transplanted it again and now will once again wait patiently for next year's blooms. Gardening is an exercise in patience if there ever was one!

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      meander_michaele 07/23/2014

      Oh, yes, Isobel, I know that quickening heartbeat that goes along with seeing a stem full of buds. It is ironic that nature conspired against you and is going to make you wait another year. I have never grown a daylily from seed so you are one up on me there!

      1. iccarrion 07/23/2014

        It was actually surprisingly easy. I was just glad I could prove my husband the skeptic wrong ;-)

  13. ancientgardener 07/23/2014

    That horse statue is breathtaking. I planted a lot of daylilies this spring and can't wait to see how they compare with the catalog versions. I agree they often disappoint and it's better to find them blooming at the nursery. Your garden is always beautiful and I enjoy your comments every day. Your Savannah Style is lovely.

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      meander_michaele 07/23/2014

      I understand that feeling of anticipation, June. I mentioned to someone recently that for a gardener, sometimes what exists in the mind's eye is the best part of all. Hope all of your new purchases thrive and please!

  14. Annek 07/23/2014

    Michaele, you have turned my head around once again. You've brought attention to a standard 'filler' (at least that used to be my thinking) that isn't standard. What gorgeous colors, frills, and thrills your daylily beds provide! I've fallen in love (yes, you and Jeff had already made me into a succulent addict and now I'm perusing the websites for daylilies). Holiday Party, Savannah Style, Ruby Spider and FASHION POLICE! are all on my list. Now I'm considering expanding beds just to accommodate. And your scene compositions! Your sweetly sturdy, blue cart (are there really flowers tucked into the side adornment?) and bright, red cardinal (I think it's a cardinal) behind FASHION POLICE! are the perfect backdrop and I'm swooning over the peaceful hosta forest. I'm also going to try to emulate your daffodil/daylily bed. Oh heck, why don't I just move into your basement so I don't have to attempt to replicate all of your thoroughly charming ideas (I promise to help weed and deadhead daily ;-).

    Clare, Tim and Pat, you've contributed no small part in feeding my new addiction either...your photos of Indian Giver, the "unknown pink" and Rose Emily Emily Rose are on my list! (What a tease I am, I thank you all! for introducing us (me) to your gorgeous picks)

    PS: Michaele, if you ever find your horse statuary missing, just come looking in Montana....

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      meander_michaele 07/23/2014

      Whew, Annak to the rescue...thanks so much for your generous words of praise...I had just finished reading a blog post by someone who was indulging in the ultimate anti-daylily rant. Her post was even titled "Enough with the Damn Daylilies" and her point was that the truly grand private gardens DON"T have many dayliles...oops on me. So, even though I never presumed to be a contender for a grand private garden, reading her rationales did make me blush in embarrassment at my overload. Oh, well, as the renowned horticulturist Popeye says, 'I yam what I yam..."
      Thank you for noticing so many of the little details and yes, that is a cardinal who came into place there during the winter when the nandina branches and red berries were enlivening things. I have some little succulents tucked around the cardinal and in the small display pocket on the side of the wheelbarrow.
      If you come my way, I will put you in charge of adding blues to my garden...deal?!

      1. Annek 07/23/2014

        Ha! The 'blues' are a deal.

        Grand is in the eye of the beholder and methinks truly grand private gardens DO include daylilies...yours is proof!

  15. terieLR 07/23/2014

    Finally, I am in from the heat of this day and can 'meander' over todays post. Hi Michaele and all GPOD-ers. Lilies are one of my favorite ~ even love the dead-heading chore but somehow it never occurred to me that pinching them the night before would yield a photo-worthy bouquet. Fabulous! That slope of daylilies is breathtaking. Please share your method of fall cleanup. Or do you wait until spring and rake them off?
    How fun that so many have shared pictures of there own favorites. Clare ~ love your 'Indian Giver' lily. I don't have a name but here is mine. It's has a wonderful fragrance. Thank you for submitting horizontal photos Michaele. They seem to be clearer, especially on an iPad.

    1. terieLR 07/23/2014

      Oops, the picture did not attach. I will try again later.

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        meander_michaele 07/23/2014

        Speaking of a beautiful picture... a few years back, I had a friend stop by in the middle of my evening dead heading session with her 5 year old daughter. That's the first time that I threw the buckets of blossoms on the grass for the little girl to sit amonst and be surrounded by. She was laughing and happy as a clam (that's one of those odd expressions that makes me wonder how it came about). Neither of us were armed with good photo capable phones so the vision is just tucked away as a memory..
        About my daylily housekeeping regimen...when they are done blooming, I usually cut the stalks close to the ground and trim the leaves to about 6-8 inches high. I'm doing this now with many of them. It gives me a chance to weed around them (grrr, weeds are sooo sneaky) and then I freshly mulch.. The plant puts out a healthy looking flush of leaves so they aren't an eyesore for the rest of the season.Now , truth forces me to admit that this is my ideal care approach...I don't always get to all the areas to do this and sometimes pay the price the following spring. Some years,I rationalize that the dead eaves are good weed suppressors for over the winter.and that's kind of true.

        Looking forward to seeing a picture of your favorite, Terie so please try again.

        1. terieLR 07/23/2014

          Thank you Michaele. I have cut back lily in the past with good results. Some years they just stay healthy enough to not bother. The ones that are viewed frequently I am more apt to work with. For some reason I can not get a picture to post. It is a very light creamy yellow with ruffled edges.

  16. Meelianthus 07/23/2014

    Hello Michaele ~ I must admit, I have never planted a daylily - but only due to little sun and NO room. I have however, always gushed over them as they have a beauty all of their own.
    You are fortunate to have such large areas to plant those long swaths of color. So beautiful ! And you know, isn't gardening truly a "neverending story" ? That IS what makes gardening so enticing for me. Every morning when I go out, I know there is ALWAYS more to do. What a joy.

    Your pile of deadheads was one of my favorites ! What a beautiful assortment of all.

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      meander_michaele 07/23/2014

      I love that phrase "never ending story" when it comes to gardening...that really is a big part of the allure. There is always a new tweaking to do even if it on a very small scale. Gardening is always interesting to the gardener and, thank god, for that. It helps us keep our sanity by driving us crazy with all there is to do!

      1. Meelianthus 07/24/2014

        You are so right Michaela. My life could not be complete with out gardens. I have to be in them (any garden actually!) all the time, isn't that insane. How could one exist without all of that beauty. What a joy for you to go out to all of those beautiful lilies everyday. Happy gardening.

  17. Schatzi 07/23/2014

    I still love the horse in the first picture. I think my favorite daylily is one I know as the lemon lily. It has a very sweet scent and is a pleasure to work around when in bloom, just like lilacs. It is an old variety and only blooms once, in May- June here. I also love the doubles and ruffles - Holiday Party is a beauty! I also have a bright red one that I think is Chicago Apache that really shows up in the garden. You have a gorgeous collection and a lovely garden. Always enjoy the pictures and commentary.

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      meander_michaele 07/24/2014

      Thanks for your kind comments, shirleygraves. As much as I get greedy and desirous of the new hybrids, there is something special about the simplicity of the old fashioned ones...esp. one that has a gentle lemony scent.
      I think I would like your 'Chicago Apache'. I've got an area that I'm devoting to reds and I'll bet it would fit right in.

  18. lilyfan 07/24/2014

    Now you got me going Michelle! How wonderful that you have kept track of all the names and tell us who they are! I think you are just 'ripe' for hybridizing! I have been hybridizing since 2003 and i never get tired of it..the intense excitement to see the first bloom of the little black pearl of a seed that you planted with your own hands is hard to describe! Just to entice you and any other who would like to see what they can do here is a photo of one of my "babies" that bloomed for the first time last summer and has me "hooked" with its beauty-at least in my eyes...with over 70,000 registered dayliles it is hard to find anything new...but it can be done. So here's a sample of what I am talking about and I am happy to say it is out of two of my own seedlings as the parents.

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      meander_michaele 07/24/2014

      Wow, Nancy, that one looks like it has it all going on in the best possible way. That really does have to be an incomparable thrill to give "birth" to such a beauty. Will you be naming it and registering it? I am going to enjoy spending time on your website.

      1. lilyfan 07/24/2014

        thanks Michaele...it will likely take 6 more years before we have enough propagated to introduce...that's the one problem of being so far north...But we are using it in our breeding program and somehow that makes the years fly by...we always see another beauty that is hard to give up to the 'cull pile'..but this one is showing good branching and bud count so it likely will be introduced..some day! I wish I could say my website is updated...as so many things I get so busy and lose focus...but at least you can get an idea of what this hybridizing is all about! Have you every been interested in hybridizing? The hardest part for me is keeping good records since things change every year.

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          meander_michaele 07/24/2014

          I took a teeny tiny step into your world 2 years ago and very quickly realized I didn't have the personality type to do it justice. I can't imagine the discipline it takes to be objective about whether or not one of your babies has enough of the desirable qualities to avoid the cull pile. But, hey, yay for us buyers who are thrilled that someone like you is doing the kind of beautiful work you do.

          1. lilyfan 07/25/2014

            You have a lot of insight into the world of hybridizing Michele....I have so much land- well had- that I didn't concentrate on culling as much as I should have, which only increased my delimina as now I am lacking the area I need to plant new seeds-and the stamina! But oh the beauty I see each day..if only I could quit scolding myself for not being disciplined enough to cull the 3rd yr when something isn't satisfactory!!! The truth is I get to preoccupied with enjoying the beauty and making new babies to focus on the necessary culling...you are a wise woman to learn that first hand early on!!!

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            meander_michaele 07/25/2014

            To gaze out on that much self created beauty is almost unimaginable to me, Nancy...I know how enthralled I am with simply purchasing, planting and enjoying other people's hybridizing efforts. Ha, when I meant to type "enthralled" I accidentally had an "i" in place of the "a" but when it comes to daylillies "enthrilled" is pretty descriptive even though it doesn't officially exist as a word!
            Some other posters will probably wonder what your special trick was to get an additional picture to show up in the comments' section since some of them were getting a message in a box that said their picture couldn't be loaded.

          3. lilyfan 07/25/2014

            Michaele I think that "Enthrilled" wold be a perfect name for a daylily! Thanks for the idea..I better write it down so I remember it. It was hard to load it especially the first time..I found out that if I just posted it again and it stayed 'silent' that eventually 3 of them came up of the same photo! So I started again and wrote a new (original one) post and when I downloaded the photo I waited quite a while for it to come up. so now I will try another one and see if I am successful...its of one of my favorites from last yr and this yr it put out a sensational pattern that I will be sharing on some of the daylily Facebook pages that I am on..I really changed a lot from last yr and I loved it then too! So (hopefully) here it is.....OH..I just wish I could get the pic to show larger like some of the ones on here...can't figure that out. Oh it worked..the second one is last year's bloom with a fancier edge which still might come on later with more heat..we'll see. I timed it this time by eating about two spoonfuls of ice cream and about two sips of coffee..then the pic came on! This third one is the full sibling to the patterned one..that's what's so amazing about hybridizing! One more thing...once you add a pic another box comes up with the camera icon so you click on that and go to your picture files and click the pic you want to share and then it does the rest...you just have to "rest" too!

          4. lilyfan 07/25/2014

            well I see that I am with the rest of the group..when I clicked to post the pics were lost..maybe there were too many of them..so I will try posting the original one I first talked about..the thrilling pattern one...

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            meander_michaele 07/25/2014

            That is a fascinating pattern...I love how the darker color spills out towards the edges as if Mother Nature was pulling her brush out of a pool of paint. It is truly beautiful and should prove quite popular. I never thought of "enthrilled" as a daylily name but I think it would be cool.

            I might just for the heck of it try following your picture posting tips. What seemed to be happening was a window would open saying the size of the image was too large. I am going to experiment. Well, ha, looks like my middle name is failure...this is the message I get and I don't have a clue how to minimize my picture. ...

            "Unfortunately your image upload failed. Please verify that your image is under 2MB. If you continue seeing this error, please try again later."

            I know this isn't your problem to solve. Just glad that your pictures showed up.

          6. lilyfan 07/25/2014

            Michaele I never got the notice that the image was too large so I just checked the 3 images and all were under the limit...but since this one showed up when I did it alone I am happy! Well maybe "enthrilled"!!

    2. terieLR 07/24/2014

      WoW!

  19. maryannborcherding 07/24/2014

    A lovely garden Michaela. Lovely meandering paths. I have around 250 daylilies, lilies and other perennials on a urban lot. Here are some of favorites this season.

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      meander_michaele 07/24/2014

      Thank you, MaryAnn. Sounds like we are birds of a feather when it comes to loving daylilies and other perennials. Looks like the internet gods cut off the rest of your reply but I'll just use my imagination and see beautiful things.

  20. maryannborcherding 07/24/2014

    can someone give me a hint on how to post a pic. I clicked on upload a pic and then selected the pic but it keeps sending me a message as they can't find the attached image. I've tried several times.

    1. terieLR 07/24/2014

      I am having the same issue. Any suggestions, anyone?

  21. Schatzi 07/24/2014

    I found where I wrote down the name of the lemon lily: H.lilasphodelus, for you Latin lovers. It isn't fancy and only blooms once, but oh the fragrance!

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      meander_michaele 07/24/2014

      Thanks for coming back with the latin name. I looked it up and did some reading on it. It certainly is one of the cherished heirloom types and I think it might be the yellow daylily that was here on our property from the very beginning ...ha...and helped start me off!

  22. maryannborcherding 07/24/2014

    just can seem to upload a photo

  23. lilyfan 07/25/2014

    I read somewhere that you, Michele liked reds so of course it is my "duty" to show you one of my favorites...it's one of my recent introductions that came from an auction bid for 5 seeds and out of that only one germinated and you should have seen me leaping for joy when I first saw it...and of course we bred it on a lot of "stuff"! And it has turned out to be a good parent. So here is ABLAZE IN GLORY I have to say if there s such a thing as an iridescent red this is it!

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      meander_michaele 07/26/2014

      That is a very special beauty, Nancy and I went to your website to see more views of it and read about it. You inhabit the world of the passionate breeder...participating in auctions for seeds, no less. So glad that at least one of those 5 germinated for you. Would the other 4 have been identical to this or does each one contain it's own unique possibilities.

  24. eddireid 07/30/2014

    We have been traveling, so only just managed to check in. Worth every moment of the wait.

    How very beautiful! I love lilies of all kinds, Oriental, Asian, American daylilies - It is lucky that I don't have an unlimited budget, I think. Most of mine have been gifts and I don't have names for them, but your tall yellow Mary Todd looks very like some which I have, so I will just refer to them as such for now. I have mentioned in previous comments that a daylily grower here in Ohio told me he underplants with daffodills and had no trouble with the deer when the lilies come through. This I tried and the daylilies seemed to be safe. Looks as though yours are also flourishing. Thank you for the tip about deadheading, too. Not something I have ever done with the daylilies. Almost worth it to see that pile of glorious blossom.
    Love the horse sculpture, too.

    Your comments are always so kind, Michaele, encouraging all of us to keep planting and planning. Everyone at GPOD shares so much and logging on to see and read all the photos and comments is a very relaxing part of my day. Thank you all very much for being so generous.

  25. user-6536305 09/27/2017

    Simply stunning! Where did you get the horse sculpture Michaele?

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