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Old 09-09-2013, 02:05 PM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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So, I have a strip of daylilies between the front fence and sidewalk. Noticed they were getting crowded and didn't bloom as much this year (orange doubles, some of the old timers here (80's/90's) say they remember the plants being at the house when they were little). Saturday was the day for dig up and divide, roughly a 40 foot strip.

But first I had to get rid of the English Ivy which had infiltrated the lilies. That went ok and I began to dig.

Since I'm a lazy guy I was sitting on the sidewalk pulling out the plants out after I loosened them with a shovel (they were matted up) and all of a sudden my right leg felt like it was on fire, spider had crawled up my pant leg and bit me. Bite site swelled up and itched the rest of the day and Sunday, even with Benadryl.

Sunday I wanted to finish up and was well on my way, digging out the last clump when, bam, I'm getting buzzed by a couple hundred wasps. Apparently I'd dug into their nest. Three stings (at least) on my left arm later I decided that was enough.

As I was cleaning up and getting ready to put away the tools one of Mrs. NBP's rose bushes jumped out and got tangled around my right arm.

At least my left knee didn't start hurting until the evening.
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Old 09-09-2013, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Northern Illinois
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Sorry about the injuries and hope you're feeling better.....but it sounds more like the daylillies spent the weekend dividing YOU up!!!!
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Old 09-09-2013, 02:08 PM
 
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Wow, after reading that, I'm glad I put it off for another year!! Too darned hot!

I'm so sorry you suffered so many war wounds while tending to your garden. Hope everything heals quickly!
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Old 09-09-2013, 02:11 PM
 
Location: On the Chesapeake
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Sorry about the injuries and hope you're feeling better.....but it sounds more like the daylillies spent the weekend dividing YOU up!!!!
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Wow, after reading that, I'm glad I put it off for another year!! Too darned hot!

I'm so sorry you suffered so many war wounds while tending to your garden. Hope everything heals quickly!
Oh, I'm ok. Just wanted to give everyone a laugh. I was laughing about it. Mrs. NBP, on the other hand, who has become overprotective as she has gotten older, was not laughing.

At least I still have my hair.
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Isn't gardening fun? The bumblebees don't like to be dug up either. But, that's OK because the ticks like me.
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:44 PM
 
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Oh, I'm ok. Just wanted to give everyone a laugh. I was laughing about it. Mrs. NBP, on the other hand, who has become overprotective as she has gotten older, was not laughing.

At least I still have my hair.
I didn't know whether to cry or laugh with you. I've been bitten and stung, gotten Lyme Disease and have lived to tell the tale but hope to never repeat the events. Hope you are recovering and Mrs. NBP can stop worrying about you.

Thanks for reminding me that I, too, need to divide the dayliles this year. It's still too hot and the last one are still blooming. I'm not looking forward to the task after that story!
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Old 09-10-2013, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Delmarva Peninsula
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Since I'm a lazy guy I was sitting on the sidewalk pulling out the plants out after I loosened them with a shovel (they were matted up) and all of a sudden my right leg felt like it was on fire, spider had crawled up my pant leg and bit me. Bite site swelled up and itched the rest of the day and Sunday, even with Benadryl.
You should get hazardous duty pay for that one! Hope you're better now.

We're on the Delmarva Peninsula, somewhat close to you. I divided my lilies last weekend, also and encountered lots of ants. Of course, I had to untangle and remove all of those pesky clematis vines which draw ants in my back yard.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:29 AM
 
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Gee I feel so blessed to live in Canada. I have no problems with any of that, thank you very much! I see that the Obedience plants need to be divided as there aren't many blooms on them this year either! I've bought 112 large clumps of amazing daylilies this summer and am planting away, or at least i'm dividing them up and heeling them in until I van prepare enough new beds for them all! I'm sorry your day was less than fun. But your daylilies will be quite happy next summer!

I got here by looking for a picture of daylily 'too darn hot'. Gosh, I wish I could find a picture somewhere!
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Old 09-04-2014, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Former LI'er Now Rehoboth Beach, DE
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No good deed goes unpunished.
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Welcome nancytoday to CD. You will find much information and generous gardeners here.
This thread is exactly a year old so I'm sure OP has healed by now.
But this is a good time to divide iris and day lilies and any other perennials. They will have time to get established before cold winter but they must be watered and pampered a bit if divided now. We are in the high 90's still here so even though it might be a good time it's still miserable outside.
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