Day Lilies and The Big Tree

This morning Chester and I had a very wet walk in the rain, so the camera stayed at home.  Of course, the bachelor/bachelorette flock of geese were on the river asking me to take their picture, but I just waved and said hi to them instead.  🙂

Yesterday in the sunshine though, I took a picture of the big tree across the Red River along with the big dead tree nearby it and some neighbour’s day lilies to compare to my day lilies.

Big Trees Across the Red River July 17
Big Trees Across the Red River July 17

The dead tree is obvious on the left of the picture and is now completely out of the water.  The big tree in most of my water level pictures is harder to pick out, but is the one on the right side of the picture, where you can just barely see the bottom of the trunk as its leaves come right to the ground.  It is well out of the water now.

Neighbour's Day Lilies
Neighbour’s Day Lilies

This is how day lilies should look.  Obviously these ones get a lot of sun.

Neighbour's Day Lilies
Neighbour’s Day Lilies
My Day Lilies
My Day Lilies

My day lilies get a lot more sun than they used to get, but they are still in the shade from all the trees for much of the day.  Back when they got absolutely no sun because they were right beside the house next door, they still managed to send up a flower or 2 most years, but they just aren’t doing that now and they seem to be a magnet to attract weeds.

I still have 4 more projects on my list before I get to it, but I think this will be the last year for the day lilies.

First on the list is to finish disposing of the branches that have been in the yard for so long. If the rain stops, I should get that accomplished this weekend.  Then comes the stuff that accumulated under the branches (shingles from the old shed roof, various pieces of used wood, etc). Next is the Hawthorne Tree that is 1/2 dead.  It will have to come down and that will give me more branches to dispose of.  Then I have to make a plan for the area around my deck in the back yard.  I put the bushes there, but I have to decide if I will plant grass in front of them and around to the back of the house, or if I want to put decorative stones, or . . . . . ?  If you have any suggestions on what to put in a shady spot with very poor soil that doesn’t cost much, I would appreciate hearing them.