The Daylilies are Planted

Today began early. I met Peter Saxton, the daylily man, at 7 a.m at the community garden. Peter showed me his design for the bed and how to plant a daylily the Saxton way.

(You hold a clump of dirt in one hand and the upturned, root side up daylily in the other hand. Then you push the dirt into the roots. This prevents air pockets. Holding the clump of soil to the plant, you place it in the hole. Draw the soil up around the base covering the crown. Try to plant the daylily as the same depth it was growing before. You can tell where that is by looking closely at the stem.)

He then handed me the design he created and left me to plant to 32 wonderful plants he has donated to the garden in his father’s name. It took two hours.

The photographs below show the progression of the planting. Later in the day I went back to the garden and added pink supertunias donated by Dehn’s Greenhouses for color.

The daylilies arrive in the back of Peter Saxton’s truck.

Peter brought the daylilies over in tubs partially filled with water.

We measured the plot and placed markers 16 inches apart. Following Peter’s plan, I lined up each row, double checked the layout order and planted.

Two rows done…two more to go.

Getting close to completion.

There it is. If you want to see photos of these beauties in bloom, go to the top of the page and click “Saxton Daylilies.”

2 thoughts on “The Daylilies are Planted

  1. nice job! thanks for all you do-you are amazing-i’m learning so much and am enjoying the garden immensely. if there’s something i can do to help you let me know.
    t. peace

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