Daylily season

The daylilies are blooming, and I always enjoy them. The blooms last for one day, which in this hectic world we live in, reminds me to stop and enjoy them because their beauty is fleeting. These are the ones blooming right now. Others have gone by and some are yet to come.

We are in a drought, and that definitely impacts everything in the landscape. Our blueberries are not ripening and the tomato plants are not doing well at all. I may have to buy tomatoes this year. Now, that’s a gardening travesty. 🙂

Look what I saw when I looked up from pruning a tree last week. The paper wasps are back. These guys sting.

I’ve ordered an extension battery chain saw. It should arrive this week, and I’ll cut the branch off back at the base and hope to relocate it off to the edges of the property.

Why even try to move it? I don’t want to get stung while working out there, and I’m seeing very few pollinators so I don’t want to unnecessarily kill those that are around.

On Friday, we closed out the week with a lovely picnic and afternoon sitting by the water with a friend. We talked and laughed for a couple of hours. It is always good for the soul to just have an old-fashioned conversation without a phone involved.

Gardening, reading, sewing, and a little DIY are on my agenda this week. I’m moving a little slower right now because yesterday I dropped an iron cultivator wheel on my foot. Based upon my experience, if at all possible, avoid doing that. 🙂

Hope you have a wonderful week!

About Judy@NewEnglandGardenAndThread

Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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83 Responses to Daylily season

  1. Gardening, reading, sewing. Perfect. And I hope that also includes some lovely music in the background!
    Have you ever been to Olallie Lily Gardens in Newfane, VT? https://daylilygarden.com It is an amazing place to behold during blooming season! I went to a garden party there once and it was amazing.

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  2. Oddment says:

    I can promise you I will take your advice and not drop an iron ANYTHING on my foot if I can help it. Good heavens, that sounds painful, and for a long time! I needed the reminder to stop. You are exactly right that the daylilies should remind us to do just that; yours are beautiful. That wasps’ nest is NOT beautiful, however, and I hope its removal goes well. Thanks for the image of the picnic with “old-fashioned” conversation. That’s a nice thing to think about.

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    • I’ve certainly dropped things on my feet along the years, but that iron wheel just about sent me through the roof. I’m grateful I had on good tennis shoes with a padded shoe tongue or one of those spikes could have really done some damage. I could barely walk for a while but with some Aleve, ice, and heat, it’s feeling much better today. No, that wasps’ nest maybe be an intriquing creation, but I’d like it gone from where I garden. That ‘old-fashioned conversation’ was a mighty nice break from today’s methods of communication. 🙂

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      • Oddment says:

        I’m very glad to hear that Aleve, ice, and heat have helped. Just thinking of the way that hit makes me cringe. I wish you luck with the wasp removal; those things are scary.

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  3. Murphy’s Law says:

    Hell Judy, dropping an iron ‘anything’ on your foot would be a bummer. I will seriously try to avoid doing that! Maybe it’s “dropsy” season. My granddaughter dropped a large, full, glass jar of peanut butter on her toe the other day. Ouch!

    Your day lilies are gorgeous. What an array of colors. Your picnic by the water with a friend sounds ideal. Hope you get to share more afternoons like that before summer is over.

    Good grief! What is it with you and bees? Please be careful cutting that branch down. I’m sure you’ve researched it to know the right time of day. You don’t want to tick those guys off!

    Happy Monday and happy week.
    Ginger

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    • Ginger, that thing was heavy. I was even too stunned and in too much pain to say anything bad. 🙂 A glass jar of peanut butter on a toe would hurt too. The picnic was nice – simple, like old times. I don’t know what it is with me and bees, but they sure find me. You can picture me covered from head to toe the day I try to move them. 🙂

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      • You and I are kindred spirits, Judy. I bashed my foot on the footboard of my bed earlier this month; two days ago, my plastic grocery bag burst and a plastic bottle of juice fell on that same foot and some years ago, a pizza I was baking flipped from the foil on, you guessed it, my foot as well as my hand.

        I’m glad that you’re doing better and that your foot wasn’t broken or injured worse.

        Not a fan of wasps, either. Been stung by a few of them in the past. I kept having wasps nests appear in the same location of my carport. Not a good place when you’re getting out of your car or trying to unlock the door of your house.

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      • Oh, I feel that foot pain. I am so grateful I didn’t break anything, and that right now it is just a little sore with a rainbow of color. I hope your foot has completely healed. Bumble bees floating around from flower to flower is one thing, but those wasps are hard to ‘live with.’ I’ll do my best to be a good neighbor, but if necessary the spray will have to be pulled.

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      • No, it will never be 100 percent anymore, more like 75-80.

        I once sprayed the roofline of my shed because wasps were going in and out of a small opening. It had an attachment whereby I could spray from 25 feet away. I did it and it seemed like the leader of the wasps said, “She sprayed it! Get her!” and they all took after me. Something touched my head and one stung me on my leg through my jeans. So be careful.

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      • The last time I got stung 24 or so times from a ground nest of yellow jackets, I bought a net to go over a hat so I cover from head to toe and then I pray but keep the spray handy. 🙂

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      • Yikes! Another thing about wasps is that they can sting more than once so there’s that.

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  4. I love daylillies. Ours bloom in May so I really enjoyed seeing yours this morning. Yikes! No home grown tomatoes would be awful! I hope at least some of yours will survive!

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    • Wouldn’t that be the pits? I’ve watered regularly, fertilized, and it is strange to watch. I need to learn something from this, and so far the only thing is that I’ve had them in the space space for three years. I think I need containers with potting soil next year and give that a try.

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  5. Dan Antion says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your foot. I’ll do my best to avoid such things. My wife’s garden is doing well, for now. Last year, something started eating the tomatoes as they got close to being ripe. We’re hoping for a better year.

    I hope your foot feels better, or you spend another day watching the water. Good luck moving those wasps – be careful.

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  6. Oh, your poor foot! Hope you aren’t limping too much. Those daylilies are gorgeous. Some of mine are blooming, too. We are also having a drought, and I have begun watering the gardens. The outing with your friend sounds wonderful. Who knows what COVID will bring this fall and winter? Best to soak up as many picnics and as much time with friends that you can.

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    • Boy, that thing hit me like a box of bricks. It feels better today, and I’m grateful for that. Glad yours are blooming too. Covid has certainly not gone away like we had all hoped so we’re enjoying seeing friends outside. We are lucky that we are about 15 minutes from water so it is nice to eat, talk, and watch the boats go in and out of the local marina. Hope all is well with you.

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      • Phew! Lucky you didn’t break it. As for COVID…oh, gosh. What a dratted thing. We, too, are being careful and are seeing friends outside. Hoping that COVID eventually mutates to something akin to a bad cold. Also, hoping that a vaccine comes along to really damp the virus down. Until then, our masks are at the ready, but we are a decided minority.

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  7. Joyce says:

    Oh no! I am sorry about your injury! Even for a couch potato that’s bad news, but for a human dynamo like you, well….disaster 😦
    We used to have those wasp nests under our deck umbrella. My husband used the long range spray can to evict them. It never occurred to us to relocate them as pollinators. But that was ten or so years ago. Appreciate the information for the future.
    We have orange day lilies at the edge of our woods at front of property. Beautiful splash of color amid all the shaded green and brown we live with!

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    • I was like a turtle yesterday, I’ve moved up some today, so I appreciate the power of Aleve and ice and heat. I hope to never, ever do that again. I have seen a LOT less pollinators this year. It is rather scary so I will use the spray if I have to, but if I can move them I will. I have a large swath of orange daylilies in the back area my blueberries. It is really pretty right now. I donated 50 orange ones to the plant sale for one particular buyer, and I didn’t even make a dent. Besides being pretty, you can always share daylilies and still have plenty left. 🙂

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  8. Yeow 😦 Gravity stinks. Lovely daylilies! We have them all around the perimeter and also under the birdfeeder pole. Every year, we talk about having them only on the perimeter; every year, we let them do what they want wherever they want. Have a wonderful week!

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  9. caminogrammy says:

    So sorry about your foot! I love my daylilies too but unfortunately so do our deer. Some years I’m lucky if I get to see them flower. I saw one so far this year.

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    • I’m happy to say the foot is getting better each day. Deer and daylilies are interesting. We have deer, I have some of the native orange ones quite ways into the woods, but so far, they are leaving them alone. Now, the hosta plantings around the trees sure get snacked on when they are hungry.

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  10. Su says:

    Owie! I hope you heal quickly. My daylilies are just coming into bloom, although we also are in a drought. Let’s hope we can both get rain soon!

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  11. You have an amazing collection of Day Lilies with a great colour range. We so look forward to ours every year as they give so much joy.

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  12. Inspiring! We may have to find new varieties! Do heal quickly.

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  13. Nancy says:

    Oh my goodness? Are you okay? I promise I won’t drop anything on my foot as you suggested.
    Your lilies are gorgeous. And it’s true… they remind us to stop and enjoy what’s going on all around us!
    Glad you had a picnic with a friend… and by the water as well. Life is good!
    Fun week for you except your injured foot.
    Enjoy the rest of your Monday!

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  14. germac4 says:

    I love the idea of a picnic with a friend, Covid has certainly made us appreciate the simple pleasures that we once took for granted.
    Your day lilies look lovely as always and I hope your foot gets better soon, that must have been very painful.!

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  15. Since moving, I’ve had to buy tomatoes. First it’s hard to find places that don’t put them in a cold fridge. Then they are $$. I bought $10 worth of cherry tomatoes today! Worth every penny. I have one plant on my deck but it’s slow. I have some small cherries but nothing near ripe or near enough. They won’t make it into the house! Lovely daylilies. I love them but so do our deer.

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  16. I’m growing many fewer tomatoes this summer, having had my heart broken too many times! Now I grow just a couple of plants and buy heirloom tomatoes at our local farmers’ market.

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    • That sounds like a plan. I think my issue may be the soil in the three small raised beds so I’ll be doing some major adjustments and moving the tomatoes around next year. The recommendation to rotate planting beds is the right thing to do, but in a regular home garden space is the challenge.

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  17. P.S. I love your daylilies, they’re one of my favorite garden plants! So much rewarding bloom from a plant that mostly takes care of itself.

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  18. Eliza Waters says:

    You are a brave one to attempt moving a full nest of hornets… I’d just avoid the area for the next 6 weeks!
    Your daylilies are beautiful, they really add to the garden this time of year.
    Hope your foot feels better, that must have hurt. At least you get to stay in where it is cooler. Those cool days we had kind of spoiled us while they lasted, now back to summer!

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    • If you lived closer, you could grab a chair and have a hearty laugh while I try to move that est. 🙂 The daylilies do bring a smile. My foot is getting better each day, and it’s displaying a rainbow of colors. Yes, I was spoiled by the cooler weather. Our humidity has been high, and I am usually quite wet when I’m done with my morning chores. 🙂

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  19. Yikes! So sorry about your foot. Your daylillies are lovely – we used to have them in our front yard before we went with mostly succulents. I miss their lovely blooms. We’ve had good luck this summer with our blueberries but I wonder how long I’ll be able to keep them happy with the drought. We are freezing much of the bounty so we’ll have them for baking for a few years to come.

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    • Getting those berries out of the freezer in the dead of winter will be a real treat. The berries on my one bush have been green for a couple of weeks. I don’t think they will ripen. Makes me sad, but that’s gardening for you – it’s always an adventure. The wild blueberries I bought as sod have produced some so that’s been fun.

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  20. Oh dear, I hope your foot is okay now. And be careful with that nest.

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  21. John Hric says:

    Hope your foot is better. I would wait on the hornets until your foot and you are back to full mobility !

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  22. Cutting and moving that branch sounds like a major operation to me. Careful! The lilies are absolutely beautiful. – Marty

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  23. Oh your poor foot! I love daylillies and we had quite a few in our Ohio garden. One year the deer ate every single flower during the course of one night. I wasn’t happy.

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  24. Eilene Lyon says:

    Gorgeous lilies! Ours are blooming now, too. I only grow tomatoes in pots with fresh soil now, but they simply aren’t growing this year. Very disappointing. A picnic and conversation do sound lovely.😊 I’m glad you are willing to go to extra effort to save pollinators. They need all the help they can get. Now give that poor foot some rest!

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    • Oh, would I love to have a tomato conversation with you. I’m seeing yellow leaves, flowers with no fruit, and a plant with green leaves and that is it. I’ve fertilized, tried Epsom salts, but they are like frozen in time. It’s like watching a science experiment that has gone really bad. 🙂

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      • Eilene Lyon says:

        Mine grew about 2 feet tall then just stopped cold. One is setting fruit. Another has maybe one. The third, nothing. Fertilizer appears to have done nothing. We don’t get hornworms or other insect pests that I’m aware of. It’s a mystery. My only thought is just not acidic enough without rain. Our well water is alkaline. Maybe I’ll start “watering” them with coffee!

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  25. pbmgarden says:

    Love your daylilies Judy. Mine have just finished and I’m surprised how much I miss them already. They caught my imagination this year by performing so well. Hope your foot is better.

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  26. tonytomeo says:

    Goodness, these can multiply in the right situation. We pulled up a bunch that migrated under benches last year. I gave most away and relocated a few. Heck, some are back where they were already!

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  27. Ouch! I hope your foot is doing okay and gets better real soon! Your daylily’s look lovely. Ours are in bloom now too. Your picnic sounds lovely. I hope there are more of those for you this summer.

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  28. Convinced me to get out to a special place I haven’t been to in a long time that has a lot of tiger lilies.

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  29. Jenny says:

    Wow beautiful flowers… it’s true is dry… I also like gardening… Have a nice Sunday😊🌞

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  30. Tina Schell says:

    Well you’ve got it all here Judy – beautiful flowers, potentially dangerous flying insects and dropping a heavy item on your foot – as Charlie Brown would say – good grief!! Hope the foot is all better soon. And PLEASE be careful of moving the hive!!!

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  31. Brenda says:

    Sometimes it takes something like dropping a cultivator wheel (so much ouch) on your foot to force you to slow down and enjoy the day lilies! Hope you get some good soaking rain. We are also in a drought, but not as bad as yours yet.

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    • That wheel sure slowed me down for a couple of days. 🙂 My foot has gone from purple to yellow, and I am so grateful to say no residual pain. I was lucky, and I know it. I’m glad you aren’t fighting this drought. We’re getting a ‘little’ rain right now. I always hopefully check the rain gauge and recently there has just been a couple of drops in the bottom which is better than nothing but it doesn’t help very much. Hope all is green in your neck of the woods.

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  32. Great daylilies and flowers here. 🔥

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