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Daylilyjoy

Member since: September 21, 2009

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Location:

Wauchula, Fl 33873
USDA hardiness zone 9/10

Member since:

September 21, 2009

About me

I am a native Floridian gardening here in Central Florida. We face many garden challenges unique to this area--excessive heat and humidity (Heat Zone 11), sandy/poor soils, threat of frosts and freezes (CH Zone 9), and an annual winter/spring drought. I love our climate, though, and wouldn't want to live anywhere else!


Current project

Replacing a dead patch of lawn in the front yard. I figure that grass simply doesn't want to grow in that location, so we are doing something different. We've already added 34 Asiatic jasmine plants, but still need to add a paver or stone walkway and more groundcovers.


Type of gardener

I will grow anything and everything, but mostly flowering trees and shrubs. I enjoy butterfly- and bird-watching, so much of what I plant is intended to attract them. I also experiment with tropicals and have a garden space I call the "Hawaiian Garden."


Favorite garden activity

Sipping a glass of iced tea while sitting on a swing and enjoying the view.

garden wall

LOL! I guess all gardeners are pretty much the same. My favorite thing is sitting in the shade, sipping an iced tea, enjoying all the beauty around me!
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safeharbor commented on 05/22/10
Hi! I was thinking about you the other day and was wondering how the garden is growing? Have things emerged from the winter chilling? Hope the garden is doing well.
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gardengirl commented on 04/22/10
Hi Daylilyjoy! How are things in the Hawaiian Garden?! Hope all is well, and that your temperatures have heated back up. We're unseasonably warm in Seattle - daffodils coming up with buds, crocus in bloom and tulips on the way!
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chief cultivator commented on 02/02/10
Thinking about you guys in Florida with all the cold weather... how have you guys fared?
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chief cultivator commented on 01/15/10
Hi DLJ- <br/> <br/>Just wanted to let you know that you are going to be seeing some changes in the site- the way it works is going to stay the same but some of the graphics may be a little different on the homepage, as well as on your personal profile. Please let us know what you think! <br/> <br/>We are coming up with some good &quot;badges&quot; for our best users to put on their gardening journal/blog- what do you think of a &quot;regional expert&quot; badge? Any suggestions? <br/> <br/>As always thanks for such amazing posts and photographs!
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FigTree commented on 01/13/10
Your caladium photo is gorgeous! I&#x27;ve never seen so much of it in one place. Ironically, I&#x27;ve been debating as to whether or not I should try to grow some in my yard. Any suggestions?
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LilyLover commented on 01/03/10
I have actually seen caladium-themed yards where every shrub border and tree was bordered in huge beds of caladiums. It is the most awesome sight! I'm always in awe of people who have so much restraint. Unfortunately, I love ALL plants! I just pop in as many varieties of caladiums as I can here and there among other plants. The great thing about these bulbs is that they are cheap and reproduce every year. Anyway, I've grown caladiums in every Florida garden I've had. Only drawback is that they are only nice about six months of the year here in my area. Dormant or teeny-sized most of the other six months. You have to remember where you have them, or plant winter/spring perennials like alstroemeria, oxalis, and amaryllis among them to keep track. My favorites are 'Festiva,' 'Pink Gem,' 'Red Flash,' 'Florida Cardinal,' and a splotchy one that I thought was 'Gingerland' but might be wrong on that one. Gingerland is supposedly a dwarf, and the ones in my garden grow huge, so I will have to identify it properly one day. Good luck!
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Daylilyjoy replied: on 01/03/10
You are awesome! Thank you for generously sharing. I can, also, feel your gardening enthusiasm in each of your posts/comments. Happy gardening forever!
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LilyLover replied: on 01/04/10
It&#x27;s that time of year. Today, I am living in fear of freeze. Temps in the 30&#x27;s for the next three nights. As usual, I am not prepared with enough lights and blankets, though I have even more tropical plants than last winter. All will surely be lost.
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Daylilyjoy commented on 01/02/10
DLJ, I need your expertise!!! My new firebush that was looking GREAT suddenly dropped all of it&#x27;s leaves. A few blooms left on the tips, but mostly bare. Is this normal, especially with the chilly temps we just had?!?!? HELP!!!!!!
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Lily commented on 12/24/09
I've never had them defoliate like that this early in the season. Every single year, they burn and drop leaves at our first frost. They appear dead for a couple of months afterward, then come back from the ground. (When I see new growth, I cut away all the dead branches as low as I can.) But our frost usually happens in mid-January or February. Mine are still large and green, with both blooms and berries right now. I was at my sister's house today (about 45 miles north of here), and hers were still nice as well. How long have yours been in the ground? Maybe a young plant is more cold-tender. (???) Fort Meade has had a few nights at 40 degrees this month, but not low enough to damage anything. If the plant was rooted well enough, it should come back from the roots. I would just leave it and wait. Good luck! And have a great Christmas!!!
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Daylilyjoy replied: on 12/24/09
Thank you for the info...it's young...only in the ground about a month or so. I guess we'll see?!?! I was frantic when I saw it...if I'd had your number, I'd have phoned you in a panic!!! LOL! We're enjoying a wonderful Christmas...church candlelight service last night; traditional phone call to my family up north to read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" together; woke up early (5:30) to open gifts; cooked, eat, and listened to Christmas music all day! Nice and relaxing! Now I'm preparing to clean out my daughter's closet...a bi-annual event!!!! : ( Hope you're enjoying your Christmas as well!!!! Thanks so much, again!!!
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Lily replied: on 12/25/09
Hope you can join my group! http://www.digthedirt.com/groups/21-bed-to-belly
Just to let you know there are some brand new hubs! Birds, pests and insects, trees and shrubs, fruit and nut, and diseases.
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FigTree commented on 11/10/09
Hi DLJ- <br/> <br/>We can&#x27;t figure out what is going wrong, as it is working for all of us. Are you still having the problem? Could you let me know exactly hat is happening and if it is when you try to view it through your gallery, or the plant finder. Thanks for all your amazing posts and photos!
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FigTree commented on 11/10/09
Yay! I like the new &quot;Add a picture from your gallery&quot; button!!! Thanks, whoever did this!
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Daylilyjoy commented on 11/05/09
Your image of the daylily is a gorgeous specimen, it has got to be a tetraploid, right? I do a little hobby hybridizing in my own garden with daylilies and amaryllis planted in the ground. This past summer I was excited to see the first blooms on a cross that I did two years ago of daylily &#x27;Parian China&#x27; ($$$ and beautiful diamond dusted pink with a &#x27;scrambled egg&#x27; edge) with a common bright red. The prodigy was what I least expected, with a dark eye and subtle traits of both parents. Again, this is a hobby pursuit, but it sure is fun for this plant geek. ;-) happy gardening! cajunbarry
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cajunbarry commented on 10/29/09
Cajunbarry, it sounds like you are a daylily expert. You should blog on how to hybridize. I would love to try! Did you take photos of your new daylily? The specimen in the photo is 'Enon' ($), which I believe is a diploid. If you know it as something else, please let me know. It is my absolute favorite because I love the cherry-pink petals and the greenish throat. For some reason, this daylily sometimes shoots out flowers with one or two extra petals and sepals and extra stamens. That photo shows one of those blooms. Don't know why it does this, but I'm not complaining--they're even prettier that way. Anyway, this daylily is a semi-evergreen, and I'm not sure of long-term success with it. I've had it three years now. It blooms great every year, but it acts so strange. The leaves keep trying to go dormant, then come back. ????? I'll post a photo of a normal 'Enon' bloom. Maybe you can solve the mystery of why it sometimes has extra petals.
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Daylilyjoy replied: on 10/30/09
Okay, I've discovered that these blooms are described as "polytepalous." Some daylilies are bred to produce extra tepals (tepal = petal + sepal) while some daylilies produce these spontaneously. At least, that's what I think I understand. Apparently, most hybridizers snub their noses at polytepals (I read that somewhere online). I think this particular daylily looks the most beautiful when it has five petals.
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Daylilyjoy replied: on 10/31/09
I came across this synopsis of tetraploidy and polytepal (extra petals) formation. Seems there is no substantial tetraploid polytepaled daylily, hence yours has got to be a diploid, as you said. Check this out: "Polytepals are not universally loved. Many hybridizers see them as the ugly ducklings of daylilies. Polytepals with four petals tend to look square, which has less of an aesthetic appeal for many people; however, we are in the infancy of this flower type. Most polytepals lack petal width and refinement, but such is typical of the early days of any breeding effort. Also, all commercially available polytepal cultivars thus far are diploid-with some exceptions, hybridizing efforts and breaks by serious hybridizers today occur at the tetraploid level. The lack of even a single readily available tetraploid polytepal has seriously hindered hybridizing efforts to date. However, several tetraploids occasionally throw polytepal blooms, and efforts are ongoing to convert diploid polytepals to tetraploid."... bottom line is, "they're working on it" ;-) cajunbarry
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cajunbarry replied: on 11/03/09
Hi! Do you have deer issues? Come join our group: Deer are cute but they destory <br/> <br/>You can find it by clicking onto new member &quot;Kathleen&quot; profile and search her groups :)
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FigTree commented on 10/28/09
No, we've never had deer problems in our gardens. Raccoons, armadillos, yes, but no deer.
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Daylilyjoy replied: on 10/29/09
Hey Daylilyjoy- just wanted to let you know that there is a new hub called Tropical plants and you can add all your tropical plant contributions to this hub! I already added a couple so you could see how it worked :)
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FigTree commented on 10/21/09
Thanks, FigTree, I kept hoping for a "tropical" category.
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Daylilyjoy replied: on 10/21/09
your wish has been granted! tell me if there are any hubs you would like to see.... suggestions?
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FigTree replied: on 10/21/09
My mom has grown Chinese ground orchids for at least fifty years in her Louisiana garden. They are readily available at www.logees.com, www.plantdelights.com, www.brentandbeckysbulbs.com and www.dutchbulbs.com <br/>This is a great article on Bletillas: http://transitionalgardener.blogspot.com/2008/04/playing-chicken-with-bletillas.html <br/>Happy Gardening! Barry
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cajunbarry commented on 10/12/09
Hey Daylilyjoy! Wanted to let you know about my honeysuckle vine. I&#x27;ve had mine for 1-1/2 years and to date, it is well behaved. I have not had to cut it back yet. My parents have one, although they are up north, and it&#x27;s never gotten out of control. My Carolina Jasmine, on the other hand, is a fast grower...I have to clip it regularly so it stays off the roof of the house. And, of course, the Bougainvillea is just a beast...it gets trimmed every other weekend during the rainy season! So in comparison, the honey suckle is fantastically well behaved!
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Lily commented on 10/06/09
Hey Daylillyjoy, just wanted to let you know that you can now create a blog from your profile page!!! It is directly underneath your picture :) Hope you like this feature.
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FigTree commented on 09/30/09
Thanks, figtree. I'll try to figure out how to use it. It would be fun to post my garden thoughts every day. Are you a programmer for this site, then? I noticed the gallery problem has been fixed. Much better!
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Daylilyjoy replied: on 10/01/09
Nope not a developer, but I help them with the communication stuff- so any suggestions to me to give to them would be awesome!
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FigTree replied: on 10/01/09
OK, just remember...you asked for it! #1: If we write on someone's contribution or wall or comment on a photo, we won't know if they responded unless we visit it again. Furthermore, if someone comments on my photo, I will not see it, unless I sift through them from time to time. It will be out-of-sight, out-of-mind. I've been spoiled by FB notifications, I guess. Or maybe I just don't know how to use this site. ??? #2: If we add plants, but we can't remember what we added, how can we find them without sifting through a gazillion plant files? Is there a way to search the plants by name of the gardener that created the file? I ask because I think I'm missing one that I want to "plant," and I can't remember what it was. The number "created" by me doesn't match the number I found to "plant." The ones I did find took a lot of time because I didn't write them down--and I hadn't discovered the "planting" by "saving" option yet. #3: I like the new order in the gallery, but there's too much of a gap to get to the comments section. Also, if you click on a picture in page 2, you see the picture, but you somehow are reverted back to page 1. May be something they're already working on.
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Daylilyjoy replied: on 10/02/09
Your photos are amazing!! The colors of the birds are incredible. Seeing your great pictures inspires me to go hangout in my backyard with a camera and just sit there to see what passes through! Can&#x27;t wait to see what else you capture with your camera!
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gardengirl commented on 09/30/09
Thanks, gardengirl. We are blessed with the most amazing birds here--goldfinches, painted buntings, and indigo buntings especially! They are so colorful. And the strange thing is that most of the birds come here in winter and spring. Stranger still, we have hummingbirds year-round! I am obsessed with taking pictures...so my family tells me. I've always taken daily walks in the garden to see what's going on, but now my camera goes with me.
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Daylilyjoy replied: on 09/30/09
Hey, Daylilyjoy! I knew you seemed oh too familiar...in a great way, of course! :) If your sister would join in, there would at least be 3 of us!!! <br/>I hope to see photos of your lawn replacement project soon!
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Lily commented on 09/30/09
Daylilyjoy, are you a professional photographer? Your photos are really amazing! What are you shooting with? We should create a garden photography group on DigtheDirt... infact, I think I will :-)
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chief cultivator commented on 09/30/09
No, just an everyday mom with an obsession for plants and all living creatures. The subjects of my photographs are amazing, and I am amazed by them. The invention of the digital camera and more recent invention of mega-sized memory cards have unleashed a monster in me! I use a Canon Powershot...nothing fancy. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone because mine has difficulty focusing, especially when using the macro or zoom functions. Definitely not a professional camera, but it beats nothing.
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Daylilyjoy replied: on 09/30/09
Hi, Daylilyjoy! I&#x27;m also in S FL...zone 9B. It&#x27;s hard to resist the tropicals...most are so easy down here, although keeping them in bounds or finding the correct exposure for them can prove for a fun &quot;trial and error&quot; game. So glad you joined the group!
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Lily commented on 09/22/09
Hi, Lily, this is Daylilyjoy. You already know me as the other obsessed gardener on FGF. Sorry...you couldn't get rid of me by coming over here. We still seem to be the only two obsessed gardeners in the whole state of Florida!!! Actually, my sister joined FGF, but she won't post any of her pictures or any comments--she actually has some plants I don't have. She commented that I was the only one who ever posted anything...oh, and that other lady (that would be you).
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Daylilyjoy replied: on 09/30/09
Hi Daylilyjoy! Welcome to DigtheDirt! Your pictures are amazing... are they all plants in your garden? I love tropical gardening, and try to push the envelope as much as I can up here in Seattle... but it&#x27;s nothing compared to what you can do in Florida!
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chief cultivator commented on 09/21/09
Yes, thank you, they are all in my garden. And I definitely push the envelope when it comes to tropical plants. I've always been jealous of northwest gardeners! Isn't that an ideal climate for gardening?!!
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Daylilyjoy replied: on 09/21/09

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