Project 101 – Daylily Relocation

                Here it is – Friday morning, June 21st, 2019 – and the project of the day is to move my “ditch lily” garden from the side of the porch to my hillside in the backyard next to the shed.

                I planted about 40 orange daylilies in the Winter of 2017-18 (they were a gift from Joanne and Mack) and spaced them about six inches apart and now they have quadrupled in number and need to be thinned. So the project is, in concept, very simple – dig them up, separate them, and replant them on the hillside. In their place, I will plant zinnias with the goal of a multi-flower display in late Summer and early Fall.

                As you can see, the blooming cycle has ended and at their peak, I had about 150 blooms a day.

Here is my plan…

  1. Cut them down to about 8 inches.
  2. Dig the first dozen, separate the tubers, and put them in a bucket with soil and water.
  3. Plant them on my hillside on one-foot centers.
  4. Repeat
  5. Lightly fertilize, water and mulch the new plantings.
  6. Prepare the now empty bed for zinnia seeds.
  7. Scatter, lightly cover, and water the new bed.
  8. Monitor both new daylily bed and new zinnia bed for moisture and growth.

Here is the raw hillside where the daylilies are going. It is pretty ugly and a leftover from unfinished construction. I built the shed and retaining wall a year ago and did a good job. Now it is time to spruce up the hill!

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