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Early Milkweed for the MonarchsEarly Milkweed for the Monarchs
By frostweed, October 20, 2013

Asclepias curassavica is not winter hardy here in North Central Texas, so in order to have fresh milkweed ready for the Monarchs as they return from their wintering in Mexico, I keep milkweed in large pots and bring them into the garage during freezing weather and then take them out again when the danger of frost is past. This way, I have plants for them to lay their eggs on in the spring.

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Dividing Daylilies, Overcoming the Fear of SeparationDividing Daylilies, Overcoming the Fear of Separation
By Char, October 19, 2013

There is nothing more glorious than a large daylily clump in full bloom. At some point these large daylily clumps will need to be divided. The most common question I hear from garden visitors after “When does my daylily need to be divided?” is “How do I divide my daylily?”

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Scapes and StalksScapes and Stalks
By Newyorkrita, October 19, 2013

Did you know that daylilies bloom on scapes while irises bloom on stalks?

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Potted Daylilies: Trimming RootsPotted Daylilies: Trimming Roots
By chalyse, October 18, 2013

When, how and with what can you safely divide your awesome daylilies? What follows is a group-generated article to give you some food for thought, some general directions (which you can adjust for your own circumstances), and some links at the bottom to other helpful articles, including the most responsive place to ask questions specific to your needs - the Daylily Forum on All Things Plants!

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Daylilies in a Cottage GardenDaylilies in a Cottage Garden
By Newyorkrita, October 18, 2013

A daylily photo tour of my cottage garden daylily beds.

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ATP Podcast #39: Daylilies Week with Melanie MasonATP Podcast #39: Daylilies Week with Melanie Mason
By dave, October 17, 2013

We continue to celebrate Daylilies Week with an interview with daylily hybridizer Melanie Mason.

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Daylilies and Spring Bulbs:  the Perfect CombinationDaylilies and Spring Bulbs: the Perfect Combination
By Newyorkrita, October 17, 2013

Now that it is fall, it is time to plant your spring bulbs. And what better place to add spring bulbs than in your daylily beds? Be sure to add some bulbs in and around your daylily gardens.

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Ditch Lilies en MasseDitch Lilies en Masse
By Newyorkrita, October 16, 2013

Common ditch lilies are an effective landscape tool for erosion control and summer blooms.

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"Summer Is the 4th of July" (Growing Daylilies in zone 4b)"Summer Is the 4th of July" (Growing Daylilies in zone 4b)
By ARoseblush, October 16, 2013

As Vermonters, we have an expression that connotes the meaning of summer: "Summer is the 4th of July." On either side of this date, "expect the unexpected." The weather temps can range from 90 degree daytime heat to 40 degrees at night from June through August. In September, temps range anywhere from the mid-60s in the day to an occasional hard frost at night.

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Easy Guide to Planting Daylily ProliferationsEasy Guide to Planting Daylily Proliferations
By tink3472, October 15, 2013

Here in the South we can get blooming-size proliferations on the scape before we cut them to plant. There are several methods of doing this, and I'll show you how we do it in our garden.

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Growing Daylilies Anywhere with a Soilless MixGrowing Daylilies Anywhere with a Soilless Mix
By spunky1, October 15, 2013

If you have ever purchased a plant from a nursery or big box store, you know they are grown in something other than soil. You can do the same at your house.

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A Simple Fix for Leaning Daylily ScapesA Simple Fix for Leaning Daylily Scapes
By Char, October 14, 2013

With a few simple steps and a little practice, you can have a nearly invisible fix to keep weak leaning daylily scapes upright, displaying perfect blooms.

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Add Bulb Lilies to Your Daylily Garden and Add HeightAdd Bulb Lilies to Your Daylily Garden and Add Height
By Newyorkrita, October 14, 2013

By planting Asiatic Lilies in your beds among your daylilies, you will add height and visual interest even before those daylilies bloom. Asiatics are early-blooming lilies, which bloom before most daylilies have started blooming for the season. It is easy to make room for the Asiatic Lilies because they are tall and skinny.

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All About Daylily ShowsAll About Daylily Shows
By tink3472, October 13, 2013

Did you know that there are Daylily shows held each year throughout the United States? Here's a sneak peek at what you might expect to see at one.

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Those Very Special LiliesThose Very Special Lilies
By ShadyGreenThumb, October 13, 2013

I have five or six very special lilies that have been with me since before my first child was born 24 years ago. I am sure they have a botanical name, a very special cultivar name, and all that. However, I only know that they came from a Daylily farm in Pearland, TX.

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Spunky1's Annual Daylily Naming ContestSpunky1's Annual Daylily Naming Contest
By spunky1, October 12, 2013

Every year, ATP hosts Fred's daylily naming contest. All members are invited to participate in naming one of Fred's newest introductions.

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The Daylilies Week Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!The Daylilies Week Not-A-Raffle-Raffle!
By dave, October 12, 2013

It's Daylilies Week (again!) and we're opening our exciting week with an equally exciting raffle. Break out your acorn purse because you're definitely going to want to participate in this raffle. Brace yourself for this goliath of a raffle.

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Wildflowers along the David Thompson Highway, Alberta, CanadaWildflowers along the David Thompson Highway, Alberta, Canada
By CarolineScott, October 11, 2013

This article discusses a few wildflowers found along the David Thompson Highway in West Central Alberta, Canada, in mid-July. Suggestions for growing them as garden plants are included. While the ideas on growing are given---please do not take plant material from the wild. Obtain the plant material from Native Plant growers/nurseries. Many wildflowers are in danger of extinction due to people harvesting wildflowers in the wild.

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ATP Podcast #38: October GardeningATP Podcast #38: October Gardening
By dave, October 10, 2013

In this week's podcast Trish and Dave talk about some interesting plants they recently obtained, discuss unusual fruit tree planting ideas, and go through some various gardening chores appropriate for this time of year.

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WildflowersWildflowers
By LindaTX8, October 9, 2013

When I was growing up, few things cheered me up more than to see plants blooming, especially along the roads or in the undeveloped areas near where I lived. Back then, there was more land that hadn't been developed, and much of it still had many native wild plants. These days, there are fewer and fewer of those areas. There was no one to teach me about wild plants or wildflowers. I just found the wild places really fascinating, and the flowers were pretty, even if I didn't know the names of most of the plants. Flowers brought me joy! It wasn't until late in my life that I learned more about native plants and wildflowers and about growing plants and gardening. The wildflowers that grow here and there can give us so much enjoyment. All we have to do is stop, look around, and appreciate them!

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Basic Glossary for Beginning GardenersBasic Glossary for Beginning Gardeners
By Sharon, October 8, 2013

New gardeners often hear words that are unfamiliar to them. Here's a short list of basic gardening terms and their definitions.

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Cleaning Tool for Garden ContainersCleaning Tool for Garden Containers
By 4susiesjoy, October 7, 2013

I've found that a round, pointed-edged paint brush is the perfect tool for cleaning pots, trays, and plant six-packs. It gets into edges and corners far better than a conventional scrub brush or cloth. The hard bottom of the paint brush is great for pushing out indents in the six-packs that were caused by ejecting the plants.

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A Gardening Use for the Flashlight AppA Gardening Use for the Flashlight App
By Chickensonmars, October 6, 2013

By using a flashlight app, which is downloaded to my tablet, I should have less trouble sorting Lilium and other seed stock this year.

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Feed Birds on the DrivewayFeed Birds on the Driveway
By Newyorkrita, October 5, 2013

To keep birdseed from sprouting in your garden areas, toss mixed seed on a section of your driveway.

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When Comfrey FlopsWhen Comfrey Flops
By Bonehead, October 4, 2013

Comfrey is a robust plant which forms a thick clump quickly, followed by many blossoms that are nectar to the honeybees and other pollinators. Then, without warning, the whole plant flops to the ground from the center out, often compromising neighboring plants. The simple solution is...

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