Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


throughout my yard, over the past four years, i have planted many different types of daylilies.  daylilies are available in a variety of colors and types of flower petals.  the centers of the flowers are also varied and many are quite attractive. 

i have purchased my daylilies from catalogs, and also from several growers in Michigan.  the name of the plant is quite descriptive, as the flowers last no more than one day.  therefore, these plants are not grown for cut flower bouquets, but rather for splashes of color in the summer garden.

i have used the daylilies in a variety of areas in my yard.  the first photo shows the daylilies on one side of my mailbox garden.  the second photo, shows a clump of daylilies at the start of my island bed near the driveway mixed with varieties of hosta.
this next photo, shows another clump of daylilies that are mixed with bee balm in a naturalized garden of mints and iris that bloom on the far side of my home.

i also use daylilies as a border plant near the woodsy side yard of my home. here i have three different types of daylily borders that bloom and change over a period of weeks.

most daylilies bloom for one to three weeks, with a daily change of blooms in the clumps.  some species are re-bloomers which will bloom after deadheading takes place.  daylilies in general are very hardy, especially in Michigan, and seem to grow into very large clumps within three years.  the standard seems to recommend dividing the clumps every three years, to improve bloom performance and allow for spacing of the plantings.

by purchasing just a few daylilies, in a matter of a short time, many areas of the yard can become beautiful drifts of color.

daylilies thrive in bright sunshine, but will also bloom in part shade.  they are drought resistant and although i do feed them with a granular fertilizer, i am certain they would perform quite nicely without that added step. 

divide the plants in very late summer near fall, by simply digging up the clumps and separating them, trimming the long leaves and replanting in a desirable location.

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