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Old 07-24-2013, 05:20 PM   #871
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Ok, it is sideways, but it is a picture of my oldest grandson on a mountain bike we bought in 1995 for his uncle.
Chops, lovely photo and great bike
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:17 PM   #872
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...How long do those bloom, Andy?
I don't have a clue. We had one or two last year and I bought SO a dozen bulbs this Spring. They're very fragrant.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:13 PM   #873
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I don't have a clue. We had one or two last year and I bought SO a dozen bulbs this Spring. They're very fragrant.
Mine last at least a few weeks. Love 'em.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:14 PM   #874
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I don't have a clue. We had one or two last year and I bought SO a dozen bulbs this Spring. They're very fragrant.
One of the nice things about day lilies is that they self propagate. Each year each plant puts out more and more blooms. Some of the old plants here were so big, that the landscapers cut them in half leaving only the newest growth. And what was left bloomed in full this year. They did the clean out and replanting in the fall and covered all of it with black plastic. They removed the plastic at the end of March. I have also noticed that this year the folks who come each week to mow all the lawns, also have been pulling any dead stems to flowers that have died off. A new job for them. It makes for a prettier and healthier plant. The day lilies here bloom well into late fall.

I have to laugh though. I am not saying riding around on a mower is easy work, but getting off it once all the lawns are cut and having to do real physical labor makes for some grouchy workers. It is a new assignment that has been added to their job description. They had to be reminded that the title of "Groundskeepers" included a whole host of new jobs. Like watering the plants that are not within the reach of the sprinkler system. It is not just cutting the lawn anymore.
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:56 PM   #875
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Mine last at least a few weeks. Love 'em.
The secret to keep them blooming is to pull the dead stalks of the flowers. Once they are really dead, they pull out of the plant and ground easier than pulling a grey hair out of your head. If they give you the least resistance, leave it and try tomorrow. It is when they have sent all their nutrients back into the soil that they are ready to go.
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The secret to keep them blooming is to pull the dead stalks of the flowers. Once they are really dead, they pull out of the plant and ground easier than pulling a grey hair out of your head. If they give you the least resistance, leave it and try tomorrow. It is when they have sent all their nutrients back into the soil that they are ready to go.
Addie, Stargazers are true lilies and grow from bulbs. Daylillies are Hemerocallis, and grow from roots. It's OK to cut spent blooms off true lilies, but you never pull them from the ground, they're all on one stalk, until they're totally dead for the winter. As for daylilies, you let the folliage die back and go from yellow to brown before you pull anything off. If the flower stalks develop seed pods, it's ok to cut them off. And as you said, if the flowerstalk goes dead on daylilies, you can pull it out.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:12 PM   #877
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The Stargazer lilies are in full bloom in SO's garden.
Those are beautiful!!!

The tiger lilies Shrek's friend got us is already kaput...they didn't know I kill plants...
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Stargazers and Tiger lilies in my gardens:



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So pretty !! I love Lily season !!
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:24 PM   #880
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Dawg, your yellow one is like what is in our border garden around the property.
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