Gardening All-Nighter | Daylily Blog on "Catching Up"

Every spring I end up reliving my college days and pulling an all-nighter or two - not studying or doing keg stands, but gardening.  My spring purchases and plans usually start to backlog on me about this time and I feel compelled to pull off a herculean effort to get everything "caught up"  (funny thing is that a garden is never really "caught up," but it does afford us obsessive compulsive types a small feeling of success.)

I am energized to see some progress.  I have been to maybe one too many plant sales or farmer's markets this season and I maybe I have too many things to be replanted, repotted, removed, relocated or recycled.  So, tonight I will light a fire in the backyard, turn on the deck lights and work outside most of the night. 

Yes, I know its strange.  But it feels so good so I'm okay with strange.

I'm outside alone.  It is silent and the air is cool.  I'll take an iPod and speakers outside and quietly tune in to Dave Matthews- or maybe Sugarland or Fleetwood Mac- and plant containers, window boxes and a few in-ground annuals.  I have a bucket of daylilies soaking in water that need potted and a wormwood that needs transplanted.  And if it's 2am before I get finished, then so be it.  During it all, I'll mentally chew on challenges we are facing and sort a few bad-apple ideas out.

The sun is already setting and Carter is already snoring. 

Guess I should get to work.

tonight's sunset...


LC David said...

This is really nice an excellent post,.

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Nikki Schmith said...

Thanks for stopping by!

Garden Center said...

I enjoyed your blog.I am a daylily lover too.I watch your blog daily fr new posts.

Garden Center said...

Love those daylilies too. I love to get a colorful array with pinks, reds and colorful yellows. Its good to know even in college you had a desire to garden.

Nikki Schmith said...

Good to hear from you, Loretta! Hope all is well - thanks for stopping by!

Tree Nursery said...

I love daylilys of all shapes sizes and colors. I planted those school bus yellows and put fire engine reds with them.

Tree Farm said...

Yes me too! I love to planted all varieties of daylillies too.

Nikki Schmith said...

Hey, Tree Farm and Tree Nursery, thank you for stopping by! One of my favorite "screaming" colors is the daylily CHEDDAR CHEESE. It is the color of the cheese and it really stands out in the garden!

Tree Farm Nursery said...

I think we all love plants or gardening in one way on another. I love gardening and plants too, even when i was a childmyself.

Perennial Co said...

I love the school bus yellow ones! There's a strawberry that's a great color of pink.

Perennials For Sale said...

Ive heard of school bus yellow and strawberry pinks. The screaming i didnt know anything about those. DOes anyone know where we can get some of that variety ?

Garden Plants Nursery said...

I have Cheddar Cheese ones growing here in our greenhouses! They are definite show stoppers no doubt. here's some helpful info on cheddar cheese too just an FYI

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Bloom Time:
Early midseason (EM)

Flower Size:
Large (more than 4.5" diameter)

Blooming Habit:
Nocturnal (noc.)
Extended (ext.)

Perennials For Sale said...

We love daylillies too.


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