The most common summertime perennial in Ohio Gardens is the daylily. All it has to produce flowers is at least part-sun and it will flourish. It has just one major pest deer. If you reside in the city or other area without deer, daylilies will produce flowers by the lots. New hybrid daylilies arrive on the marketplace each year. A number of the brand-new hybrids have repeat blooms that doubles or triples the blossom duration.
The flower is well-named, as each flower opens for just one day. Possibly a future hybrid will have blossoms that last for more than one day.
A daylily (hemerocallis) is simple to grow, hard as a weed and needs no special care. Flower colors are diverse with new blends offered each year. Flower colors consist of yellow, orange, apricot, salmon, lavender, purple, pink, gold, red and combinations of colors.
The plant is sturdy and survives Ohio winter seasons without unique care. It is a fast multiplier and one plant ends up being a dozen in a brief time. If you live where there are deer, surround the plants with fencing or spray flowers with a repellent product.
Early July is a perfect time to find deals at greenhouses and garden centers. Look for decreased costs as low as half-price. Typically, the lowest prices are discovered at big box shops that wish to make space for new merchandise.
July plantings have lots of time to end up being rooted and adapt to a new website. In any event, a July planting will be off to a flying start in spring 2017.
Price quote to remember: You need to grow it, to understand it. There is no replacement!
The state of bees
On June 1, the program speaker for the Kingwood Center Garden Committee was Dave Duncan from Crestline. He is an expert beekeeper in addition to an insect control specialist. He shared an update on local beekeeping and answered lots of questions about honeybees.
He has been a beekeeper for 55 years and is past president of the Richland County Beekeepers group. If you are a beekeeper, you must join this group. Call Dave at 419-683-4154 for time and place of the next meeting.
He reported the moderate winter season permitted great survival of hives. It likewise created conditions for more swarms of bees. Exactly what to do if you have a swarm on your property? The very best thing is to call a beekeeper, who will come and collect the swarm and move it to a hive. If not gathered, in a couple of days the swarm will discover an old hollow log or deserted building/shed where to inhabit.
Last April, an Ontario homeowner called me and said there was a large swarm of bees near her back door. I told her to leave it alone and I would call Dave Duncan and ask if he desires another hive.
The majority of beekeepers are happy to get a swarm to develop a new hive. If Dave can’t take the swarm, he will call another beekeeper to take it. Honeybees are in brief supply nationwide and we must do our finest to save a swarm to start a brand-new hive.
A hive must have a good food supply for the winter because they won’t have the ability to make more honey till flowers begin to bloom in spring. The ideal time in Ohio to begin a new hive is when the dandelions begin to flower.
Bees, wasps and numerous bugs are delicate or irritated at anything red or black in color. They take a look at those colors as enemy. Beekeepers wear white when working around hives as it is a neutral color.
It was an extremely interesting program. All those in participation found out much about the state of honeybees. They are crucial to our survival.