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2013 was yet another strange gardening year - but then maybe they all are strange in different ways.  Early rains brought about lush growth followed by sparse rainfall that stressed the daylilies and the gardener.  Bloom season was on time this year but daily results were extremely variable with large flowers some days (after watering or rainfall) and smaller on others (hot and dry).  New seedlings showed promise with two especially gorgeous ones seeming to make all the work worthwhile.  Seed set was difficult early and some pods shriveled, but there are more than enough for a good showing in two years.  Spontaneous pods were more numerous this year and I harvested the seeds for a give away at the January club meeting.  Garden visitors on five days of open gardens had to contend with the heat and humidity but seemed to enjoy the gardens.  Two buses visited, which confounded the neighbors, who think I am nuts anyway.  Visitors and others took away some 600 seedlings that might have been composted and they enjoyed picking them out in bloom.  This fall I reorganized my hybridizing plants into a more convenient arrangement which entailed moving about 100 cultivars.  Hope it all works out.

 


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