Covid-19 aka Corona virus has impacted nearly everything but not daylilies! It's the beginning of April and here at Rita Bees gardens, daylilies started popping out of the ground a month ago. Now that the temps are warming and the sun is shining, they are getting ready to go gangbusters. As we say in the South, "Bless their little hearts!"
Afraid that the Covid-19 situation might affect the US Post Office's ability to deliver 2-day priority shipments on time, Rita Bees began shipping quite a few orders to FL, GA, AL and even WA state in two weeks ahead of the planned April 1st ship date. To get that done, we often dodged raindrops and wondered when the sun would show its face.
Our fears were unfounded! Feedback from customers is that all daylily shipments were received on time and in great condition!
From Pearland, TX: "Rita, I just got my order. They look like you dug them this morning!!!! And I am delighted with Two to Tango! Thank you so much. I’m sure this won’t be my last order. Take care and stay safe."
From West Columbia, TX: "I received your shipment this afternoon. So the USPS really did come thru with 2 day shipping."
So, it's time to give the USPS a pat on the back for coming through, not just for daylilies, but for all the other very important things they transport and deliver on time.
THANK YOU, US POSTAL SERVICE! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
YOU'RE A HUGE PART OF KEEPING BUSINESSES OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
And THANK YOU, RITA BEES CUSTOMERS. You're the REASON we're open for business.
Please, stay safe and healthy.
Labor Day 2019 has come and gone and now its time to relax from a rewarding Spring and Summer in the gardens. Right? Wrong!
Fall is the best time of the year to start implementing your ideas for Spring 2020. Not that it's Fall here in northwest Georgia - it's 93 degrees today but low humidity (38%). Heat and low humidity means . . . close to a drought in Georgia. But, I digress.
My rewarding idea for Spring 2020 was to find more space for 20 new daylily cultivars that I purchased in August and to dedicate at least one raised bed to Miniatures & Smalls. (Word to the Wise: Not the best idea to purchase 20 new daylily cultivars in August without having space for them.)
So, in the midst of a huge allergy attack, my husband of 49 years agreed to help me empty and turn an existing raised bed 90 degrees, build and place a new raised bed, then empty and fill both with newly amended soil and . . . plants.
We did it in two days and we're tired! But, I don't have to wait until next Spring to feel the sense of accomplishment and to imagine what these new cultivars will look like in OUR garden.
If you want to see what daylily cultivars were added this fall, go to the New Additions link on the Rita Bees Garden & Apiary website and take a look.
Also added to the website is an Alphabetical List of all daylilies for sale (unless they're for DISPLAY ONLY, which means we only have a few fans left and are propagating them for future sale.
Browse away and if, by chance, you'd like to order any daylilies . . . do so! September is a great time to get daylilies in the ground and acclimated before Winter sets in and Spring returns.
D I G A W A Y ! ! !
I'm seeing some scapes peeking out! H. 'Little Orphan Annie' has the tiniest. But mostly, today it was all about foliage. H. 'Primal Scream' (left photo) won the Best Costume Award today for its deep green foliage and fan-spread. For the Tackiest Costume Award, It's a tie between H. 'Mary's Gold' (middle photo) and H. 'Pamela Williams' (right photo). Why? They've been run over at least twice by someone backing out of our driveway. And I think it was me. So both of them deserve to be divided and replanted in safer beds ... tomorrow ... or the next day. These two are 4 to 5 year old clumps and it'll be a doozie of a time to divide and replant them.
As for the Bees, they're doing fine. Should begin honey
harvest in mid-May and I sampled it straight from the
hive two days ago! It's as Mmm, Mmm, Good. I've never
stacked the hives this high before so I had to make steps
to allow me to safely access the top two - believe me,
it's safe and sturdy!
So you know, the two hive stands stacked up on the right -
I do NOT stand on them - when I take boxes off the top
of the hive, I place them there. I only stand on the single
hive stand! Whew! (It's safer than it looks ...)
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
I know I'll get hammered by daylily 'afficionados' for choosing the 'H. Wild One' cultivar as my favorite. Because it was registered soooo long ago, is soooo reminiscent of ditch lily colors and is soooo Plain Jane compared to other cultivars. But . . . I can soooo identify with her for all the soooo reasons given above.
With this post, I'm launching the Rita Bees website as well as this blog.
I will try my best to educate, amuse and confuse Readers with the thoughts and exploits of an older lady as she wanders through her gardens and beehives.
As I write this it's dark outside. Not much to say about that. Yesterday, though, I got kinda excited as I looked at the daylilies starting to come into their own, the out-of-place fig tree buds, blueberry flowers that escaped the freeze. I realized that, as always, spring comes every year and it's here now! Finally!
Rita Bee is simply in awe of what she sees when she stops long enough to smell the flowers and observe what lands on them.