Monday, July 12, 2010

Backyard Surprise

We've found quite a few surprises since buying our house - like asbestos in the basement, a shower disguised as a linen closet, and a buried cement patio, to name just a few.

Lately, though, we've discovered a much more...uhh, enjoyable surprise - mostly because it doesn't involve us getting a lung disease, bucketloads of money to make functional, or weeks of backbreaking manual labor to dig up.

Yup, Daylilies. What we've thought was sort of grassy plant for the past year is actually a flowering plant, with gorgeous blooms. We think it's pretty incredible that they're still alive and doing well, considering that they've probably had zero care and maintenance for years. Only one bloom opens per day, so unfortunately these guys wouldn't do very well inside a bud vase for some free blooms to pretty up our house on the inside (although from what we've read, a stem with several buds would work well for a flower arrangement). And the flowers are so pretty, we're thinking we might just plant a few more in our backyard.... when we actually get around to landscaping it, that is.

We're pretty sure that surprises are a common thing to come across with a new home, or even one you've lived in for awhile! Anyone else pleasantly surprised when your new place sprouts some beautiful perennials you didn't know where there? Or perhaps some other type of plant you discovered? Anyone not-so-happily surprised to discover something not as fun a pretty plant - like a buried patio, for example?

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  1. I just can't get over all the surprises you two have had! It sure makes life exciting, I guess, at least when a good surprise comes along such as this one. I'll be interested to see what I run into with my first place in the future.

  2. I had surprise daylilies as well. It was suggested to me that in order to keep them in good shape, we need to divide them and spread them out elsewhere. I'm thinking they could do well to line our backyard somewhere, but we will need to make sure our home improvement-ADD doesn't get the best of us and turn us into crazed gardeners. We've still got the rest of the floor to put in!

  3. I think it's always a good idea to just let the garden be for the first summer you're there. Then you can see what blooms!

  4. Thanks for dropping by, guys! And thanks, Sarah@TheUglyDucklingHouse for the splitting tip. Maybe later this summer or next spring we'll tackle that project (I think we have enough going on at the moment, haha).



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