Daylily shoots grow very quickly when the temperatures start to warm. Because of this the shoots may be damaged by freezing temperatures.

This typically manifests itself in pale and distorted tips. This doesn't seem to faze the plants and they grow out and recover well.

We collected 50 daylily blooms that will continue into the end of September. Most of these were are growing on but hopefully we will have them for sale in 2020

The field while mostly finished, holds many surprises as well. Dozens of daylily cultivars are still blooming, though most will be done with in a week to ten days.

Kale, Chard and Broccoli plants are still growing strong on the edge of the beds as well. The leaves have started to turn so we are headed to fall.

 

The Monarch Butterflies were seen in good numbers through most of the season and particularly in late August. They loved the Zinnias and now can be found by the dozens on the New England Asters. Here one flutters by.

A few Annuals are still going strong, kind of.

African Daisy; the blue center is quite striking.

 

Double Calendula: still going strong, with buds to go. It'll be interesting how long it lasts into October.

 

This mix of short Marigolds is wonderful becuase of the varied coloration of the flowers. I'm going to plant more next year!

Very late Daylilies

This group stands out as the ones I have enough to sell. These are all fast growers and as they are mostly smaller, they seem to increase very quickly.

 

My special lates, still a mass of blooms and they will probably go into mid October unless we get a hard frost. Some of these will be available in the spring.

Front to back: The Last Melon,  Rouge Blush, Rajastan Sands, Watermelon Summer and Sandra Elizabeth.

Every year we plant a variety of annuals in our border between the grass walkways and the daylily beds. We can do this as we rototill the edges between the beds and grass walkways in the spring. We found it's a great way to add color to the garden and have cut flowers to boot.

 

African Daisy is a new one this year. They sure are bright, but they aren't a good performer so far. On the other hand Lobelia americana is now one of our favorites. This Lobelia, tolerates full sun and somewhat dry conditions and once it gets going it's just smothered in light blue blooms!

 

Gomphrena is a new one this year. Very nice and colorful. They can be grow for cut flowers but we have just been admiring them in the field, uncut. 

 

 Calendula: This is always a welcome sight in the annual beds. Low daisy-like blooms in a variety of colors. I particularly like this mix as there is some variation of shades. I believe this is Flashback Mix.

Here is an example of how annuals and daylilies can work well together. The tall daylilies in the back form a part of a tiered planting. With daylilies, then Nicotiana sylvestris and finally Zinnias. 

 

Annual Gloriosa Daisy; These bloomed profusely the first year, and so made a great show of mixed color black eyed susans.

 

Tall marigolds and Orange Cosmos are always a great combination and good growers. We haven't been using them for cutting, but they really stand up tall and can be seen from a distance.

 

 

The shorter Marigolds are useful too, in fact we realized by accident how great they work on the corner of the planted edges

They make a nice low delineator at the corners, and the color mix is just fabulous!

 

Lastly our apple tree which seems to bear biennially, is just loaded. The branches are actually starting to bend under the weight.

Pip our Border Collie loves it as it provides endless "balls" to carry around.