Friday, March 23, 2012

Whats Bugging You

You have bugs on your Daylilies that are driving you crazy? I know we should be protecting the envirnment but sometimes you cant wait on Mother Nature to give you a remedy so you need a little help to get things back in order before your plants are destroyed. Systemics are the way to go.
This is the way Systemics work. You mix 2 tablespoons of Systemic with a gallon of water. I use a garden sprayer to apply. Always use latex gloves and a mask over your mouth and nose while using any chemicals. Eye protection is a great idea also.
It is easy to apply. Just pump up the sprayer and spray the folage on your daylilies. Any bug using your daylilies as a dinner plate will be destroyed. The plants take in the poison(does not hurt the plant) and when bugs suck the juice or eat the folage they are done. Spider Mites, Thrips, Aphids, White Flys all of these are hard to get rid of but easy with a Systemic. Get rid of whats bugging you.
I am not an expert on Poisons by any means but i do use these products on our blog in my own garden so i know they work. I also know the effects of not using precautions while using these poisons. So please be careful. Use common sense like dont spray folage when the wind is blowing it back on you. Get on the Upwind side of the spray. Dont use around animals feed or water containers. Those kind of things.
I have included pictures to show the damage and different bugs in our gardens, i hope this helps. It has rained here again this week and we got 5 inches over nite and another inch the following day. We are wet in central Arkansas and the plants outside are growing fast. Jim Elliott

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Good Morning to All, a rainy nite here in central Arkansas. I checked rain gauge this morning and we had 5 inches in it. Thats a lot of water, glad i live on a hill. Springlike temps are making me start to look for scapes even though we are a month early for that plant habit. Daylilies in the beds outside are looking so good.
Inside the green house the plants really look great and seem to grow half an inch each day. I have added more coated fertilizer to the beds and been watering twice a week. Plants are dark green and the dormants are jumping. I am seeing increase so i know the plants are happy.
When i was outside weeding some seedling beds last week a seedling of mine d1510 stayed for several days on my mind. My concern was wether i had put it in the green house or not. Finally i went inside and started looking for it and found it, not one double fan but two double fans, i was a happy man. The cross for d1510 is Tijuana Treasure x Cosmic Kaleidoscope, it has so many buds as you can see in the picture. The pollen parent will be d1810 a yellow with a huge dark burgandy eye. d1810 is also a Cosmic Kal. kid. This will be an F-1 cross. So you say what are my intentions?
I like making long crosses, that means i will make the same cross between these 2 plants several time to get lots of seed in the hopes of getting patterned eyes with lots of buds. Both flowers are in the 7 inch range and i expect the kids eyes to get bigger also. Have a Great Day. Jim Elliott

Friday, March 9, 2012

Try Again

I have no idea how the post i started got posted so lets try again. We have been working on setting up a green house for our breed plants.Daylilies that is. It is 24 ft long and 22 ft wide. We planted the plants last fall so they were outside all winter. Rust has not been a problem here the past 4 years but i didnt want to get it in the green house either.
We have a lot of our selected seedlings in there in hopes of getting early seed. I realize we are getting a late start this year so we are getting our feet wet for next year. I am learning at a fast pace about green houses. This morning it was 26 degrees inside at 630 am and at 9 am temperatures had risen to 80 degrees. At 12 it was a little over 90 degrees. I have a glass storm door for the entrance with a screen window so i raised the window halfway to let in some fresh air. I do want to keep the heat in so as to raise the soil temps and get plants growing. Tonight is our last nite of cold temps for a week anyway so i wont turn on any heater for the nite.
Here are a few pictures to show our progress of building our green house. In a few days i will show the plants growing and soon we are gonna see scapes sometime later this spring. We had 4 inches of rain yesterday and the day before that i had our first Purple Martin sitting on the bird house. Spring is comming and i cant wait to turn her loose. Thanks for looking. Jim Elliott

New Ground

Well here we go with our first green house. It is 24 ft long and 22 ft wide. I have 4 raised beds inside with the plants i