I decided spur of the moment today to move some red Asiatic lilies.
I felt I could better appreciate them in a different area.
I move a lot of plants when they are in full bloom.
This is not a good habit, but I do believe that there are many of us out there who do so.
It has its advantages.
The number one advantage is that you know what you are moving and you know immediately how it will look with whatever else is in bloom at the same time. (I have moved many things that were not the color I expected when they bloomed. Just today I dug up a yellow daylilly that I moved last year thinking it was orange.)
The only disadvantage that I see is that your rate of success is drastically cut unless you pay very close attention to how you do it.
With lily bulbs you must make sure you dig below the bulb. This is not as easy as it sounds. I felt pretty good when I dug out this one
Until I went inside to get my camera. While taking the picture I noticed this
See where I unknowingly severed the stem from the bulb?
The bulb will not be able to get any energy from the sun for next year's growth since it is no longer connected to the stem and leaves.
I never give up hope, so I planted it in the water-drenched hole I dug prior to digging it out.
I moved 5 or 6 of these to the areas where you see the arrows below. I believe I severed half of them....not a good day for me.
I also changed the areas where you see the circles (I moved a couple of daylilies, removed the lychnis coronaria that I just put there last week (decided I did not like it after all) and pulled out the pink Sweet William.
When I finished it looked like this:
(hopefully it will get bigger if you click on it; otherwise I guess I wasted a lot of time posting it because you can't see much when it's this size)
At the moment I am happy with it.
Let the Basting Begin! - I am using my dining room table to baste this big one -- it's about 105 x 105 inches (king size). It's been a while since I've finished one this big.
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