Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Another Boneheaded Move

Have you ever done something and then wanted to smack yourself on the side of the head?  Well, count me in.  Again.

Ever since I retired I have spent a lot of time in my garden.  Four years ago I decided to make a very concerted effort to figure out what daylilies and hostas I had.  I had decided that this would be my final year of trying to figure everything out.

Relying primarily on the American Hemerocallis Society database, I have tried to identify every daylily that is blooming and making sure it agrees with what I had charted in the past.  (I have charts going back to 1984).

Some daylilies I am sure are long gone, either eaten down by deer and rabbits or just lost to weather.  Or now, it seems, lost by my own stupidity.

I had a daylily bloom early this season and wondered how a wild lily got in the garden.  I thought I had dug them all out.  Weeeell.  It was daylily Helen Spiller.  An orange daylily.  It was growing in two areas and I tossed it from both.  DUH!!!

Maybe some of the bulb and root was left.  I do see one fan that did not flower this year in the same area and I am hoping that perhaps it is Helen.

Oh well.  Live and learn.  At least I did not spray my yard with weed killer and kill the flowers, which is what one of my neighbor's husband did.  She is gladly accepting anything I am tossing out.

While I love the flowers, a friend was marveling at some tree bark in my yard.  Any guesses as to what this is?


7 comments:

  1. This looks like a birch tree to me. They have white bark and can curl like that. I have done so many bone-headed moves i have lost count

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    1. It's a river's birch. I wouldn't know if I didn't have it.

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  2. Nope, no idea. Of course I haven't done anything bone headed like that. Well, not today anyway. You do want to kick yourself don't you? Maddening. Never mind, maybe the one left will still be the same.

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    1. I also want to kick myself in the butt, because when I was pulling them out around the deck several years ago I wondered how they got there. An old chart shows I planted Helen Spiller there. Oops.

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  3. I've never seen trees with bark like that. Birch trees are one of my favorites though.

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    1. River's birch are really exquisite, though their branches snap off easily. I call them self-pruning.

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