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Old 05-24-2015, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I ran across this 15 year old column which gave me a few chuckles. If it was this bad 15 years ago, I can only imagine his feelings now.

Renegade Gardener - Garden and gardening advice about flowers and ornamental shrubs and trees in the northern United States such as Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, New England

I think one reason why they are so popular is because they can and even should be divided so frequently and nobody wants to throw extras away so they swap and trade and share with fellow gardeners and even strangers.

They do take up a lot of room. My previous garden was about twice as big as this one. Paring down from 1 acre to half an acre of gardening was necessary but difficult. Previously I had whole beds of nothing but daylilies. I can't afford that here (space wise) but I still have more daylilies than I need or even want.

I will weed out the ditch lilies which somehow got into my garden. Those long-legged orange guys. I avoid orange in my life as much as possible so can't imagine i willingly planted those but they must have come in a swap somehow.

The daylilies I have left are survivors of The Great Deer Wars which I managed to move to the newly protected by deer fencing back yard. Can't wait to see the color I get this year. I will have to thin some out and hope my friends and neighbors will give them homes but the deer problem here is critical so I'm afraid it will be hard giving them away.
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Old 05-24-2015, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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I've thrown out daylilies and when I mention it, you would think I committed one of the deadly sins! They were taking over one end of a perennial bed behind my garage when I bought the house, and before I thinned them out, they were in the garage!

A contractor working on my house noticed the flower bed, told me you better get the dirt away from the wood siding or you will have problems. Oddly enough the deer coming down from the hill across the street (a park area) don't bother the daylilies, they do go after the ones by the corner of the house and tulips, seem to pick & choose.
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Old 05-24-2015, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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I love the newer types that bloom all summer! What's not to love? Mine are a lovely yellow, don't need a lot of water, and if things get tough, I can fry them up for dinner. (:
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Old 05-26-2015, 12:24 AM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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I don't hate day lillies but confess to weeding about 90% out of my beds. Will I be smitten by lighting soon? (looks up at sky anxiously)
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Old 05-26-2015, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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I don't hate day lillies but confess to weeding about 90% out of my beds. Will I be smitten by lighting soon? (looks up at sky anxiously)
Beware!! I'm on my way.

The thing is, we all are on some kind of gardening budget and I remember when I was first starting out, it was the generosity of strangers willing to share their bounty which got me started on what eventually became my passion.

I have a wonderful list serve called Nextdoor which links homeowners in several neighborhoods. It is wonderful for finding lost pets, selling household items, news about solicitors, etc. I've put free-you-dig notices for a few years and I'm happy to share. I've even put notices on free cycle and craig's list.
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Old 05-26-2015, 01:46 PM
 
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I have a large garden of daylillies at the top of my driveway, about 400' from the house. I absolutely love them.Wow..This garden writer really HATES daylilies-2014-0795.jpg
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Old 05-26-2015, 01:50 PM
 
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I don't hate day lillies but confess to weeding about 90% out of my beds. Will I be smitten by lighting soon? (looks up at sky anxiously)
Don't worry. It'll hit me first. I hate day lilies and refuse to have them anywhere in my yard.
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Old 05-26-2015, 02:01 PM
 
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The daylilies here in the Central Valley of California bloom from March thru October.

Those along with agapanthus are ubiquitous yes in landscaping especially here on the West Coast.
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Old 05-26-2015, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Wow that must be fun. I have early, mid season and late blooming and some repeat blooming iris all doing their thing in my NC garden.
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Old 05-26-2015, 02:41 PM
 
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Day lillies are for people that can't get the dandelions to grow !
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