I spent countless hours this past summer (reading indoors and avoiding the heat outside) learning about Daylilies. I really enjoy the look of these flowers, and felt like there just had to be more than what was available at local nurseries. I checked books out of the library, I talked to the head of our local Daylily Society, I googled endlessly. Making my purchases was the most difficult decision, as there are more than I ever imagined available online.
There are endless beautiful choices out there, and of course, I wanted them all. With restraint, I kept myself to a minimum of plants this year. I definitely chose those on the lowest end of the budget scale, so that I might continue my education and discover just which ones really will grow here. I stuck to Evergreen varieties for hardiness, as was suggested to me by everyone.
I placed 3 separate orders, with 3 different companies. (I learned about two of these companies through my research and conversing with other growers in the area).
Before I knew better, though, I placed an order because of a big “SALE!” ad on one site, Spring Hill Nursery. I’m such a sucker! Here’s the picture of the so-called daylily they sent me:
Can you even see it? It’s that dead, shrubby, brown thing in the middle of the dirt. Yes, seriously, that’s what I bought when I made a purchase through their website! It looked like that immediately upon removal from the box, I didn’t let it sit around and die, promise. I actually couldn’t tell the bottom from the top, as the roots were floppy and withered and dead-looking as well. I seriously doubt if it will grow (there are 3 of them!), but I stuck the poor thing in the dirt anyway, and bid it “good luck”.
Then a couple of weeks later, I received my shipment of daylilies from Shaw’s Sunshine Gardens. Look at these:
Now, that’s more like it! Can you BELIEVE the difference???? I had never ordered plants before online, so I was shocked at the difference, even though priced the SAME! And Shaw’s wasn’t the only one that sent beautiful plants like these, I got similar healthy and large plants from “Aren’t I pretty, Daylilies” nursery online. And both of these places sent me “bonus” plants, several from each.
So, here’s my lesson learned…NEVER order from Spring Hill Nursery!!!! What a sham they are! Enuf said…
I can’t wait for these babies to bloom, hopefully next spring. I have an entire bed now of daylilies, with some perennials tossed in for visual breaks. I added Yarrow to the bed, as one of the many things I read said that Yarrow attracts the kind of insects that will eat the insects that attack daylilies, making them a good companion plant. We’ll see…
On another note, I want to show off this lemon grown by Diana, at Sharing Nature’s Garden. Look at that beautiful fruit! And yes, the flesh is pink. She has a huge lemon tree growing in her back yard, in the dirt, right here in Austin Texas! She says she inherited the tree, so it is now several years old. When I saw it, I was amazed as it is covered in healthy, full and juicy lemons. I have nowhere near enough sun to even attempt planting one, so many thanks, Diana, for sharing the harvest. It was absolutely as delicious as it looks.
And just so I don’t miss out, here’s my cat picture for LAPCPADPOOB ( ‘‘Lets all post cat photos and dire poetry on our blogs’). Though I have to admit, my picture is a day late and a poem short.