Monday, July 13, 2015

Mosaic Monday #50 The Perfect Perennial

I am fortunate to have a daylily with my namesake. Above is 'Judith', registered in 1977 and she is one of the most fragrant daylilies I have. 'Judith is a tetraploid' which is explained in the text below.
A few of the daylilies I have blooming now with many more varieties in bud.
Daylilies are considered the perfect perennial because they’re easy to grow, have few pests or diseases and any damage done by slugs on the tender spring shoots is soon overcome with new growth and hardly noticed.  They grow in most soil types although they love compost and prefer sun but will tolerate some shade; sun increases the number of buds on a scape.
Hardy to zone 2, daylilies are drought resistant but can be grown in wet areas and ultimately there is a huge variety of shapes, sizes and colours.
Some flowers have a different colour in the center of the petals extending to the sepals known as the eye of the plant and if this colour doesn’t continue into the sepals, it’s known as a halo; both make for interesting combinations in every colour except for a true blue daylily.
Planned carefully, daylilies can be blooming in a garden starting with the very early types before July 1 right up to September with the very late varieties.  A warm spring encourages earlier blooms and if a late frost is experienced, it just stops the plant growth temporarily.
The concept of everblooming or rebloom daylilies depends on where the plant originates, the soil, light and heat of each particular garden they are in.
To divide daylilies, early blooming types should be split after flowering and the fall or late bloomers should be done in spring. Of course if need be, they can be divided at anytime, even when in bloom and typically this is carried out after a clump has been growing for four to five years.  Older clumps become impacted and are very hard to divide, even with the use of two garden forks.
Propagation by seed is the only way to create a new daylily and although there are three types, only two have seeds.  A diploid has 22 chromosomes, a triploid 33, which produces no seeds because of the odd number of chromosomes and a tetraploid which has 44 chromosomes.
Diploids have thin stems, fine leaves and single flowers whereas a tetraploid had a thick stem, broad leaves and a large flower with heavy substance.

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46 comments:

  1. I adore daylilies, but had not really planned for constant color although I do have some early and later ones as it turns out. And look at you with your own lovely daylily named for you! They are amazing and I am hoping to move and divide a few in the coming years to spread the wealth.

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  2. Good Morning Judith, Your daylily mosaic is just beautiful. I love all the various colors. I see two that I have here but I think the deer are eating the blooms. Lovely images and thank you for sharing all the information. Also, thank you for hosting MM! Have a happy day and week ahead!

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  3. What fantastic day lilies, so many different colours! I have a few orange ones but they aren't flowering yet and I bought some glorious pink ones from Lidl which have a wonderful scent. Many thanks for Mosaic Monday. Have a good week. :-)

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  4. I agree! Just love the daylilies!

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  5. They are so beautiful and colorful. Love them!

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  6. What a wonderful daylily mosaic and 'Judith' is really pretty!
    Happy Mosaic Monday!

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  7. Good morning, Judith. Your daylillies are amazing…the color in the first one is spectacular. It's nice that you have them arranged to have color all summer long. Thanks for hosting!

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  8. What a glorious varieties of color you have in your day lilies! Day lilies will are one of my favorite flowers! Thank you!

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  9. You have such a beautiful variety of them! :)

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  10. What a glorious varieties of color you have in your day lilies! Day lilies will are one of my favorite flowers! Thank you!

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  11. Judith, those are gorgeous! I had a pretty burgundy day lily that didn't survive the winter, and yet I know others in the area raise them. I need to find out what I did wrong. They are so beautiful!

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  12. Enjoying the day lilies everyday. Yours are beautiful. Thank you for the info too.

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  13. Hello,Judith.
    Your daylily mosaic is sooo pretty. It is difficult to choose the best. I like all of them.
    I am glad to join you today. Thank you.

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  14. Hi Judith,
    You have lots of pretty daylillies. Here, the early ones are just finishing up but there will be a new wave of color from the next ones soon ~ love them!

    Thank you for hosting,
    Carolyn

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  15. Beautiful Lilies and great information. So many colors.
    MB

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  16. All your day lilies are so pretty and what a variety!! Your namesake one is just gorgeous, Judith!

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  17. Gorgeous day lilies, Judith. Love the pinky shades. How fun to have one with your own name. I have some of the common orange kind and while they are bright and reliable, they don't really fit with my garden. I'm slowly getting rid of them. There's a bunch blooming just now behind the new garden shed and they do look cheery peering around the corner.

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  18. I love your day lilies Judith. Thank you for Mosaic Monday 50. Have a great week.

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  19. Oh they are simply lovely - I've never grown any - but after seeing yours I am inspired.

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  20. I love them...yours are so pretty.
    Thanks so much for having this party ea week for us.
    xoxo

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  21. Judith, your dailyness are gorgeous. Whenever I see day lilies I think I should plant more. I only have one -- a pale yellow. Very pretty, but I'm sure it would like some friends! Thanks for hosting and Happy Monday!

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  22. Stunning variety of colours in those daylilies. especially love the central one in your collage.

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  23. what a lovely treat to have a lily named after you. My name is rather unusual so I don't think that would ever happen to me.

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  24. Wonderful flowers! In so many colors and variations... I love them all!!
    May you have a gorgeous week just like these flowers! Warm greetings, too!

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  25. A beautiful day lily sharing the name of a lovely lady! Your day lily mosaic is beautiful! Day lilies and hostas are the only plants in my yard because they're hardy and grow in spite of my lack of gardening skills!

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  26. What a beautiful mosaic, Judith! The orange and Judith daylilies popped up recently in my garden but I didn't now what they were until I read your post. Consider me educated! Hee!

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    1. Hi Margie, you wouldn't have Judith pop up in your garden as she is man made. A hybridization between 2 specific parents the only way to add her to your garden is from a division from someone who already has her. :-) It is nice to have surprises appear that we didn't plant ourselves, isn't it?

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  27. Dearest Judith; Good Morning from Japan. How great that you share this elegant daylily♡♡♡ And your writing is really educational for me today; perennial.chromosomes etc p:-)
    BEAUTIFUL collage with pretty colors which sure is an eye feast(^_^)v 

    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in Canada, xoxo Miyako*

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  28. Lovely photos ! I have Tiger Lilies and Giant pink Lilies in full bloom here to . They are very hardy perennials . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  29. What an interesting discussion. I found that the Japanese beetles invaded today. I have spent a lot of time plucking them off my flowers so was paying attention to the petals and differences in design. I think my poor lilies are suffering from lack of light. The tree canopy has just intensified so much since even last year.

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  30. So many lovely Daylilies.
    Thanks for the party.
    Have a lovely week.
    Denise

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  31. Lovely daylilies! For some reason, spell check does not like that word.

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  32. You have a wonderful collection of daylilies and indeed they are easy in the garden. For a long time I did not like them so much and had only 3 varieties, but ´trying´ to make the garden easier to work in now we´re getting older I´m going to make some room for the daylilies and I just bought last Friday 5 new varieties....
    Enjoy your gardens and your lovely afternoon teas!

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  33. They're all gorgeous! I love daylilies. Have a great day!

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  34. Hello again Judith,

    I lost so many contacts when I stopped blogging ~ it's so nice to hear from you once again!

    Your mosaic is beautiful, and the information you've shared is as well.

    Wishing you a lovely Tuesday,
    Lin

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  35. Thank You for this informative post on day lilies... I have quite a lovely display of old day lilies and and encouraged knowing that they can be easily transplanted after blooming..I think mine have been in the ground for ( Gulp) almost 100 years ( ha ha) and they need to be distributed..I love them... Have a Beautiful Day , My Friend... Hugs

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  36. Your day lilies are so beautiful! They make me want to run out and get some for my garden. I love your mosaics and the Mosaic Party. I will try to create a mosaic in the near future to link up with you. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment!

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  37. Your daylilies are just beautiful, Judith! How nice to have one with your name. Many amateur daylily growers play around with hybridizing. I've never tried it myself. I enjoyed learning more about one of my favorite flowers!
    Hugs, Beth

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  38. Hi Judith - As usual a lovely post, especially since I love daylilies. I tried to link up (would have been 43 on Tuesday - on the road this week, so running late) and there was no linky connection button. Hi to all anyway. Jackie

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  39. Just looked again and it said the collection was closed at 42. Guess I missed out - better luck in the future.

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  40. Your lilies are spectacular. Ours a very very old and thinning. They get tall and they do bloom, but perhaps we need to purchase some new for the next home we move into!!

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  41. What a stunning variety of daylilies you have and one with your name on it, to boot! So you recommend dividing every four years, at least, to prevent the clumps from getting too hard to divide?

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  42. Judith, I also want to let you know that I'm going to be making a change. I am starting a different blog - one what will be more focused on photographs than words. I'll be making a post about it, but the new one will still have photos of my garden and flowers, but also photos of other things that I'd like to photograph. I hope you'll consider still visiting me on the blog, it will just be a different one. xx

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  43. Judith I have enjoyed reading all your friends blogs tonight. IT was a lovely way to sneak a peak into the lives of wonderful ordinary women

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  44. I don't know a lot about daylilies as I have none in my garden, but this post sure makes me want to add a few. I love your Judith lily, I think it is my favourite- always have been partial to pink blossoms... and the burgundy one in the centre of you collage is handsome as well. Do the lily beetles attack day lilies as well? They sure have done a number on my Oriental lilies...

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