The rain came today . . . and in a big way. For the high desert. And, one of my two Fol de Rol buds opened. This is one that I got on the auction, I think. I ordered a Ned Roberts spider and the same hybridizer had this one. The thing about postage and daylilies is that you are better off to buy more than one. So, I liked this one! And, I hope for more buds next year when it is in a pot.
Speaking of the pots, I did some research. Most say that it is best to plant in-ground. Unless, of course, your soil is clay. Now, my front garden soil isn’t bad, but everything turns alkaline here in no time. And, the daylilies are not native to this place, so the more native plants take over. They like daylily roots – moisture holders in the desert. In these cases, pots can be better.
Looking at the bloom rate and scape size around my yard, pots are better. The Southwest garden (fortunately) has fewer competitors. And, most the plants are decent sized and healthy. Some put on quite a show this summer out there!
So, one of the other things I learned about pots is that you can move them. Well, I knew that. But, I hadn’t really thought about moving the ones in the front garden because they are (or will be) partially buried. But, it did occur to me that if I want to add a new flower and give away one that I am less crazy about, it will be a ton easier.
That brings to mind the chore of dividing a few pots. And, some I want to have in two places. Jungle Queen, Mesa Verde, and Canyon Colors, for sure. All three are evergreen, so the grand experiment is to see how they do if they are left out all winter. They are big enough, I think they stand a decent chance. While I am developing 3 new daylily areas, neither is that big. Eventually, I will run out of space!