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Posted: 6/27/2014 7:26 PM

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Here are some of our summer blooms and such...hope you enjoy them:







Old-fashioned sweet peas
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Evening primrose
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Moonbeam coreopsis
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Daylily
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Mimosa blooms...our trees came up here from being started in Arkansas where husband's grandma came from...they are much deeper in color than those in IL.
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Northern sea oats I grew from seeds back in '97...one of my favorite ornamental grasses.
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Stella d' Oro daylilies
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Daylily
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Daylily
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Happy returns re-blooming daylily
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Daylily
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Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.

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Posted: 6/28/2014 12:47 PM

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Sarah, very pretty.

Kathy Southern Ohio Zone 6

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Posted: 6/28/2014 4:08 PM

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Thanks, Kathy!  Check in a few more times as I have a huge bunch of daylilies pics to go.  Been loading them to an album at another location and will move more a little each day here.
Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.

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Posted: 6/28/2014 4:31 PM

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A few more of our daylilies that are in full bloom right now.
Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 12:27 PM

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Big old wild elderberry heads loaded with blooms and future berries.
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Rudbeckia from a pkg. of mixed rudbeckia seeds I planted years ago.  The blooms are so sturdy and last so well and the birds love the seed heads in winter.
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Another rudbeckia.
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Century plant bloom stalk.
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This one is called Cleo and was in a collection from SpringHill way back in 1997...I got two collections.  This daylily is almost as tall as I am and I'm not short and the blooms are nearly a foot across.  They are just glowing in the bed right now.
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Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 1:08 PM

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Sarah, how many acres to do you have that has flowers on them? Your place is beautiful. If you ever divide the daylilies I would pay postage to have you ship me some.

Kathy Southern Ohio Zone 6

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Posted: 6/29/2014 1:49 PM

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Our property tax statements show 3 acres for the yard and it is chock-full of goodies.  I was hoping you'd like some daylilies.  The last week of March or 1st week of April are great times to dig/divide daylilies.  The ones I bought from SpringHill shipped in late August but I got an absolute carload on April 4, 1995 and they did just great.  There are daylily businesses near us that have shows right now where folks select what they want and then the owners dig them in August for the customers.

Back in 1994, my husband painted the house trim on an old house where a man had bred iris and daylilies all of his life.  The old man's son and wife lived in IN but would come back here to visit an elderly relative and they wanted to get the house in shape to sell when this elderly relative died.  The old man had eight city blocks of daylilies!!!  My husband told the couple how I dearly loved daylilies and all flowers, in general, and they told us to come next spring and get all we wanted.  Free for the digging!  We had an old 1977 Pontiac Bonneville and took boxes, sacks, shovels and dug and dug; that old car was stuffed...trunk, back seat, and as much in the front as we could get and still sit in it.  I like to never got them all planted but I did it all by myself except husband tilled me up the bed space.  They make my heart smile every year when they bloom.  

One of my cousins is as ape as I am about flowers so she asked me for the phone # of the people and she called and asked permission to dig daylilies, too.  She got two pickup loads and a friend of hers that lived just back of all the daylilies came and dug a ton of them, as well.

It's a good thing we all dug these up as when the place sold, the new owner bush-hogged off all eight city lots and that was the old man's lifetime of plant breeding down the tubes.  The neighbors didn't like all that flower business in town...GRRR!

We've had good luck using those larger sized Priority Mail boxes that you can stuff as much as possible in them for one price and you'd probably get them in two days as I live 15 miles from the IN west state line.  Being cool in spring, they'd ship just great.

I've always read that daylilies need 18" of space in all directions and never fertilize them as that will just make the leaves grow and and the flowering will be diminished.

All of the old man's handwritten plant breeding notes were in his house.  We also dug a ton of daffodils while getting the daylilies.  He held patents on some of the daylilies but I don't have any info on that...they are just such a gorgeous treat. 
Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 3:30 PM

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Question on lilies. I ordered some daffodil bulbs for fall delivery and was supposed to get some "free" bulbs with that order. But the nursery sent me some kind of lilies a couple weeks ago no charge for whatever reason. I currently have the box of half-sprouted bulbs in the refridgerator. Where I live lilies are known as rodent/rabbit treats. They will actually chew thru a chicken wire fence to eat a lily, roots and all. So I am really perplexed on what to do with the ones they sent me. How long will they last in the refridgerator? It is going to take me weeks to create a safe place to plant them, and I'm leaving on a trip soon. Are they going to be dead mush when I get back?

High desert grass and shrubland, zone 5, cold desert of Northern Nevada. 
Reporting live from the deadly Forty Mile Desert of Nevada.

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Posted: 6/29/2014 3:48 PM

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Not sure what kind of lilies you have but we think potting them up in some good soil now would be the best, water them and leave in a garage if you have one.  Lilies are tough so they should be OK during your absence.  If no garage, just keep them inside the house in pots or ice cream buckets, etc.
Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 7:09 PM

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So quickly you forget where I live. 5% humidity, 100º, remember? Pots dry out fast. I think I will try them as "house plants" for a few weeks. Thank you.

High desert grass and shrubland, zone 5, cold desert of Northern Nevada. 
Reporting live from the deadly Forty Mile Desert of Nevada.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 7:33 PM

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No, I didn't forget and I did say just keep them inside the house in pots or ice cream buckets, etc., if no garage...they need soil and water if they are sprouting; like potatoes, when they start to sprout, they need to get planted.

Have you ever heard of or used WeatherBug Plus?  I pay $ 19.95/yr. which is 5.4 cents a day and set it to a nearby monitoring site.  They are set up at schools, fire stations, airports and other such locations and monitor live temps, humidity, dew points, wind chills, wind speeds, and there are advanced observations one can click on.  I can change locations in just a few seconds to any city or area of the US and some US territories and see what they have for weather.

Before my husband retired from teaching, his school district used WeatherBug Plus to monitor heat index values and wind chills to see if it was safe for kids to go outside for recess and PE. 

They alert me if there are any tornado or severe thunderstorm warnings or watches and we have high wind warnings very often that it lets me know about.  Amber alerts are also sent out.
Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 6/29/2014 10:55 PM

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Out west we have NOAA's Mesowest weather services thru the internet. All real time reporting. There are literally hundreds of remote weather stations within 50 miles of me. www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/

Also pin point weather forecasts for every 2 mile by 2 mile square of country side. Here's mine forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.....32355180382728

I've got three NOAA official weather stations within 6 miles of my house, the closest is only about 300 yards away next to the highway (the NV division of transportation owns it). Check it out. www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/geto...le=1&banner=off

I've also got my own weather station next to my house that has temp, humidity, wind direction and speed, rain guage, and a dozen different derived data; records too.

The local high school has a weatherbug site.

High desert grass and shrubland, zone 5, cold desert of Northern Nevada. 
Reporting live from the deadly Forty Mile Desert of Nevada.
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Posted: 6/30/2014 1:39 PM

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Wow, Ruby...you've really got it covered for your area!  I use this:

http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=VWX&pro duct=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes       

and it gives us all the tornado warning boxes and severe t'storm warning boxes and flood warning boxes.  One can hover over the upper left arrows and click and click until they can go to just about any location.  Handy when thinking of folks I know and watch the storms hitting them at the time when we hear of bad weather in their area.

Technology can certainly keep us informed these days.  WeatherBug Plus is really helpful to me and has a cricket sound to warn us to read warnings that have come down from the NWS.
Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 6/30/2014 1:58 PM

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A few more of the current blooming beauties:










I think this one is Picture Bouquet from the SpringHill collections.
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Posted: 6/30/2014 6:21 PM

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Well, Sarah, the bulbs are in a 5 gallon bucket, currently sitting in the shade on my back porch. The label on the bulbs says they are Carolina Tensen Lilies. Look like garlic bulbs. I'll keep them moist until I find a way to protect them. Had a HUGE jackrabbit in the yard last evening. Maybe he'll grow horns and become a jackalope. ;-)

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Reporting live from the deadly Forty Mile Desert of Nevada.
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Posted: 6/30/2014 7:23 PM

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Your planting sounds good, Ruby; I looked up that lily name and it is so pretty!  An Oriental variety and it said they are much larger than Asiatic lilies and very fragrant.  Your jackrabbit sounds like he is eating well in the neighborhood.  I'm going to read up on them and find a picture as we don't have them anywhere near us.
Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 7/1/2014 10:42 AM

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Jackrabbits are not really rabbits, they are hares. Related to snowshoe hares and their largest relative, the swamp rabbit.

I took his picture but I can't post it. My soninlaw is a professional photog and I share many photos with him to fix up and sell. I can't do that if I post on a social shared website as they take over the ownership of the photo and own the copyrights to it (fine print).

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Reporting live from the deadly Forty Mile Desert of Nevada.
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Posted: 7/1/2014 1:23 PM

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Sarah, if you are willing to share I will gladly send you the postage. A few years ago the kids and I were staying in a cabin at a lake and was looking for places to go and see. There was this flowers from only about 3 miles from the camp. I guess I should have say daylily farm as that is what they mostly had. I waited until the day that we left and went and picked up a couple and then that next year my daughter and I found a small farm that raised mostly daylilies and hostas. I brought a couple of them home with me also. We had a very rainy year last summer so that all the name tags were washed away. I really need to take pictures and see if they could tell me what they are.

Kathy Southern Ohio Zone 6

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Posted: 7/1/2014 3:08 PM

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Hi Sarah. Love the Mimosa. Always wanted one. But the rumors say, it spreads like crazy via seeds blowing around. So we never planted one. Is it true? Do you have any issues with yours? Upkeep difficult?
..Dawn
Dawn.......Zone 6a.......Niantic, CT
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Posted: 7/1/2014 5:47 PM

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Ruby...I understand the fine print re pics and posts online.  I've had several things published by Cornell University re their Project Feeder Watch and what I've done for wildlife and birds.  I don't ever intend to use my pics for gain so I don't worry about it.

The jackrabbits and  other similar species were all described well in an article  I found today online.  Very interesting about their size, habitat, colorations, litter sizes, and more.  We have 15 or so cottontails here in our yard.
Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 7/1/2014 6:09 PM

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Dawn...we've had ours here since we bought this land  in 1974 to build our new house and still just have the two trees we planted.  We may have one come up volunteer each year but we just use the brush blade on our Stihl string trimmer and cut it off at the ground.  Gone!  I am on another forum from Cornell Lab and some that live in the far south US have spoken of them just taking over along roadsides and they don't like them at all.  They live in S. AL and are much warmer than we are or where you are.  The hummingbirds absolutely adore the blooms.  One day years ago, when my husband got home from a long day of carpentry, I said come out and look up under the mimosa trees and listen.  There were at least 50 hummers under each tree and they were chasing and fighting off others and acting as if there was a limited supply of blooms and nectar...squealing and squeaking and chasing when there looked like thousands of gorgeous blooms.
Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 7/2/2014 9:31 AM

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This is my favorite of the SpringHill collections...Fairy Tale Pink Daylily, a 1990 Stout Medal Award Winner and my camera doesn't do it justice at all:



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Another rudbeckia from my mixed rudbeckia seeds planted years ago...they last so long and the birds love the seeds in winter:







Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 7/2/2014 10:40 AM

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GREAT photos Sarah. My next door neighbor has TONS of Day Lily's. They are very nice.
From Richmond, Virginia ZONE 7
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Posted: 7/2/2014 11:52 AM

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Love, love daylilies....great pictures....wish my daylily bed out front looked as good!
Zone 8  Columbia, SC
Composting & growing organic vegetables here since 1975

Mother Earth is so kind...you tickle her with a hoe and she rewards you with a laughter of harvest
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Posted: 7/4/2014 7:24 AM

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Glad you're enjoying the daylilies...they are extra prolific and gorgeous this year, probably from all the horrific rainfall we had last year.

Kathy, I marked you down next spring for a box of goodies!
Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.

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Posted: 7/4/2014 8:07 AM

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Thanks, Sarah, I will look forward to getting them and adding to the few that I have.

Kathy Southern Ohio Zone 6

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Posted: 7/5/2014 5:25 PM

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Beautiful Sarah, I also love daylilies and am building a nice collection. We had such a late spring, the only daylily in bloom right now is Stella, some of the others should be opening soon. I'm hoping things slow down a little soon so I have more time to play with my camera and share a few pics as well. Even my asiatic lilies have just started blooming, usually they are nearly finished by now or at least over half-way there. Again, thanks for sharing your beauties. Hopefully I'll have a little more time on here soon.
Joyce H. MN zone 4
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Posted: 7/5/2014 8:40 PM

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Glad you enjoy seeing them, Joyce!  We had such a late spring, too, and I'm so mixed up on what time of year it even is after that winter we all endured.  I feel like I've slipped a cog when I see things blooming when it doesn't seem like it is even time for them yet.  Our daylilies are usually about done by July 4th or so but this year they'll be going way later than that.  Some of the daylily patches usually have showings from June 15-July 4 and dig the starts in late Aug.

Hope to see pics of your beauties, too!  
Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 7/6/2014 4:22 PM

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Hard to believe the viburnums are full of ripe berries...birds adore them clear thru cold weather:



And the hostas are starting to bloom prolifically...doesn't seem like it could be time for their blooms, either:






Sarah in SE IL, zone 6b/5a, a country girl to the bone who never gets tired of planting more beauties.  Life member of NHGC since 12/1996.
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Posted: 7/8/2014 7:59 AM

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Beautiful, beautiful flowers! I'm posting photos from my garden and others nearby on the Club's Instagram site. It's on the home page of this site, or at gardeningmag. I love seeing what everyone's growing.
Kathy C, Minnesota, Zone 4-5
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