Friday, August 06, 2010

Looking Forward

I really am looking forward to fall and redoing some areas of the garden.  My daylilies came today from R.Seawright in Massachusetts, Sandra Elizabeth a late daylily and Eileen Clymer an early daylily.  They even threw in a free Don Stevens a middle season daylily.  I have ordered from this company many times and their daylilies are top notch, like they had been in your garden for years and just divided.

Eileen Clymer
Don Stevens

Sandra Elizabeth
Tomorrow I will unband them and soak them in a bucket of water for most of the day.  All of the foliage is cut when daylilies are shipped but they soon sprout new leaves and look very healthy even the first season.

I am in the process of moving the iris, Caesar's Brother and other varieties that have not done well either because of too much shade or being crowded out by Becky.  Geranium Magnificum also has to be moved since it has not bloomed in the seven years we have been here. 

 Caesar's Brother got very big but very few flowers this year

These are a beautiful yellow and white iris that did not bloom this year because they were covered by the huge Becky Shasta Daisies.

Chicago Weathermaster will also be moved as they became quickly overshadowed by Heliopsis Lemon Queen.  They need to have a little more time to show off those wonderful blooms.  Now, I just have to find a place for them. 

I have cut back Henryi Clematis this summer because it was so woody and overgrown.  It is coming back slowly and very tender - so, I hope it grows enough this summer to bloom next spring.  It is a type 2 which normally does not get cut back but just trimmed, however, there was so much dead that I felt this was the only way to go. 

Betty Corning Clematis will also be moved because I just don't feel it gets enough sun under my neighbor's lilac bush on the south side of my garden.  Again, I am not sure where I am going to fit it in!

I totally dislike moving plants, it is like uprooting someone and expecting them to adapt to a whole new environment and be beautiful.  Sometimes it works out the plant is happy and I am happy.


Millie said...

You are going to be very busy with moving all those plants!...but it will be worth it...

Anonymous said...

Dear Eileen, I think it is very good from time to time to rejuvenate clumps of perennials by digging them up, dividing and replanting. Not only can it give the garden a completely new look, I do think that it gives the plants a new lease of life.

Your new daylilies look wonderful. The buttery yellow is very attractive. I could not agree more about Clematis. No matter what the type, once they get too woody it is goodto prune them hard back. I would be surprised if Henryi does not come good and flower better than ever!!

Have a lovely weekend.

Roses and Lilacs said...

It is so interesting you mentioned that you hate moving plants. I feel the same way. In fact, I always put it off way too long even when it is necessary.

I need to divide and move Ceasar's Brother too, in my garden it gets so massive it just crowds out anything near it.

Dave@TheHomeGarden said...

I know how you feel about moving plants. I've got a long list of plants that need moved this fall. No matter how much planning you do it always seems something needs moved!

Darla said...

It's that time of the year when I too, start thinking about a redo for fall.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks for visiting Millie. I keep putting this job off because of the heat.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Thanks Edith, I do love the Henryi Clematis so I hope I haven't killed it by my extreme cutback.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Marnie, I think I may have to put all this moving off for awhile unless it cools off, but I will have to plant the new daylilies.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Dave, your heat it worse than ours so I can understand if plant moving is low on your list.


Beth said...

You've got some pretty daylilies - not only the new ones, but several you picture on your sidebar. I absolutely love the photo on your blog header! Good luck with the plant moving!
Blessings, Beth

Erin said...

Wow! Here I was wondering if I should tackle thinning my irises...I guess I can, since I'm not dealing with nearly as much as you are. Thanks for sharing your're making me be brave.

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Erin, I am talking about it but haven't tackled it yet because of the heat. Thanks for visiting.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Beth, thanks for visiting. Your blog is great and I did see that you visited Larry. It must have been a great experience.


Karen said...

Hi Eileen, Thank you for encouraging me to get out and renovate, which is something I've put off for far too long. The daylilies look great!


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Karen,

I did move some plants this morning and put in the daylilies. I still have to divide those Beckys and the iris. I think that will wait until it cools off a little.


allanbecker-gardenguru said...

So glad to see you post a photo of day lily fans soaking in water. Not all gardeners are aware that bare-root plants that are shipped by mail need to be soaked before planting. Nothing gets a point across better than a clear image.

Tootsie said...

you are a very busy girl these days!!! I loved seeing some pics and reading about the gardens. I have some renovation to do this week too...have fun!

Gatsbys Gardens said...

Hi Tootsie, I am doing everything in spurts because of the rain and hear. I went out this am to fertilize and I only got half the containers done before it started to rain again.