So what happens on Wednesdays in May at my house? Well, when you Region One folks receive your Pioneer (it's in the mail!) read my column on page 5 for the answer. Hint: See the photo for what greeted me at my front door when I returned home this afternoon. Yes, May arrived early at my house....
Hi from Region One, zone 5a, Omaha, Nebraska where it's been a fun day. This year I'm re-doing the entire back yard. The old deck will come down and in its place a new permanent deck.
I finally finished cleaning up dead stuff from the garden, and the next task is eradicating the nut sedge. For that reason, I didn't start any tomatoes from seed - but when I saw my favorite variety Golden Boy at a nursery, I couldn't resist purchasing it in addition to lantanas for the pots on my front porch. There's only one place to put it, and I'll have to move daylilies to accommodate it, but I'm re-sizing that bed anyway and it doesn't house nut sedge. Hopefully there won't be any damage from the deck renovation ...
I found plain-leaved Solomon's Seal at a local nursery and bought a pot of that also today. In that area, I had no choice but to spray weed killer to eradicate wild trandescantia (spiderwort) and it's still there. A few tiny sprigs of Solomon's Seal sprouted, and I cleaned them up and moved them, but just wanted to make sure I still had it. Like hosta, I like the plain-leaved kind of Solomon's Seal better :-))) but that's just me - and my yard is mostly sunny.
But wait - there's more! I bought a packet of Agastache rupestris and planted that in a seedling flat. It will join a flat of germinating Asclepias tuberosis 'Gay Butterflies' that I'm starting for my daughter, who is starting a butterfly garden concentrating on milkweed for monarch larvae. I'll keep a few plants to augment here - several different kinds of milkweed already grow here. It was a huge thrill to watch a monarch butterfly emerge from its chrysalis last summer!
What fun it was to see thousands of daffodils bloom throughout the garden. They do so well here, but now the latest are faded. Old-fashioned lilacs are past their prime but still fragrant. Peonies are next, beginning with the Mother's Day variety.
I love summer, and can't wait to see daylilies bloom!
Just a reminder that on Sunday, May 2, from 1-4PM, everyone is invited to attend the Spring Fling hybridizing workshop at Springwood Gardens. Kyle Billadeau took this picture of last year's participants. E-mail Karol Emmerich with any questions at email@example.com Hope to see you there:-)
This is such an exciting endeavor for Region One! Our own blog to keep in touch with all the happenings in our northern region of the country. Use this as an opportunity to let us all know what's going on with your local clubs, maybe your will get more participation from others who may not of known about your event. Let us know if you have something outstanding happen in your garden, the possibilities are endless.
Check in often and see whats going on with your daylily friends!
Springtime means new beginnings, doesn't it? So here's something new for the members of AHS Region One - our blog!
Our newsletter, The Daylily Pioneer, is only mailed twice a year. That seems hardly enough for all the daylily happenings in our region, so we thought we'd try blogging as a way to keep connected all year long.
So sign up to follow this blog - or just check back frequently. We'll keep you posted on what's happening around the region.
We'd like this to be a collaborative blog - one where several people can post - kind of like one big family. If you'd like to be a contributor, email me, and I'll get you set up so you can post.
By the way, that Pioneer is going in the mail next week. Hope you like the sneak peek of the cover featuring Gerald Hobbs of Ft. Madison, Iowa.