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Here we are two weeks into August and Michigan weather seems to be exactly what the Daylilies are looking for. While there are some varieties that have lost their last bloom, most of them are still going strong. Suggesting that a Daylily only blooms once is a bit misleading. While the individual bloom may last only a day, and most of them last longer, there are often many blooms at different stages at the same time meaning more of them are almost always ready to show you their color. So much so that the flower may appear to be blooming for months at a time. So do not think that once your favorite Daylily blooms that it is the beginning of the end, the beautiful flowers you were expecting are going to be with you for a while.

It is business as usual at Smokey’s Gardens as we continue to ship the plants all summer long and into the autumn. We are also in the process of preparing them for replanting once we have separated the clumps that were dug up in bulk. Of course, nothing can be planted until the plow does it’s job. Once the plants have been dug up they head to the “chop shop” for them to be separated and prepared for the planter.

Here at Smokey’s Gardens we are constantly working on improving. Currently we are looking to install another well. With our irrigation in place we want to be able to provide life giving water to the garden when mother nature does not cooperate in the rain department. We have an unusual arrangement for watering the newly planted Daylilies. Using the water pressure alone, the sprinkler “walks” from one end of the rows back to the source all the while spraying water from both sides.

Our new well will be 5-inches in diameter and as deep as it takes to supply us with the volume we need. It is kind of odd the think we are pulling it out of the ground to water plants on top of the ground. Guess where most of that water goes? Sure, some of it will most certainly evaporate, but much of it will return to the water table where it was originally drawn.

Here are a few shots of the well digger and the first run at establishing a new well. Now that I have shown you the hardware behind the scenes let me show you some of what is blooming in the garden today.

You have probably noticed that our Daylilies are made even more interesting with the addition of annuals, but don’t think that annuals are a waste of money just because they don’t winter over like the perennials. When they go to seed at the end of the season you will have all the seeds you need to replant them in the garden next year, and a new opportunity to change up the look while experimenting!

As a wise person once said, Carpe Diem, meaning seize the day! From Wikipedia, “A more literal translation of carpe diemwould thus be “pluck the day [as it is ripe]”—that is, enjoy the moment. It has been argued by various authors that this interpretation is closer to Horace’s original meaning.” In other words, make the most of the time you spend enjoying the garden. Use it as a place where you can rest and recharge, try not to look at it as more work you need to do. The cliché is, of course, don’t forget to stop and smell the roses, I would add that you may find every bit as much beauty in your garden where the Daylilies are the cornerstone perennials.

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