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Monday, April 27, 2009

There's A Daylily In There Somewhere

This daylily, Hemerocallis sp., was nearly overtaken by a large dandelion, Taraxacum officinale, thus requiring extraordinary procedures to eradicate the dandelion.

In other words, I had to perform a dandelionectomy, which is sometimes referred to as a taraxacumectomy by some high-brow haughtyculturists.

Some plants can withstand this procedure, while others can not. Fortunately many daylilies, including this ‘Stella d’Oro’ that I swore I was getting rid of but haven’t, can easily withstand a dandelionectomy.

Warning! This type of weeding is advanced in nature. It requires a bit more time than most weeding because it must be done “ex terra” which is Latin for “out of soil”

Here’s a rundown of how to do this procedure on daylilies.

First, dig up the entire daylily with the dandelion.

Then, using your bare (or gloved) hands, forcefully remove the dandelion from the daylily. This may result in extra daylily divisions, called "fans", so don't be alarmed if you end up with more daylily plants. In some cases, you may need a sharp knife to cut away the dandelion roots.

As you can see from this picture, I ended up with one dandelion, on the left, and three or four daylily divisions as a result of this dandelionectomy.

Once you’ve removed the dandelion by hand or by knife, toss it out, and then replant the daylily in the spot where it was dug up.

After the dandelionectomy, if you do have a few extra divisions of the daylily, plant these somewhere else in your garden, or give them to a friend.

Any questions?

Oh, by the way, if you want to dig and divide your daylilies, you can follow this same procedure, but skip the part about removing the dandelion. Just split up the daylily into separate "fans" and replant.

19 comments:

Katie said...

:D Love it!

MA said...

Dang, but you are funny!

Kathy said...

I have had to perform more dandelionectomies than I care to confess to, but I never knew there was a name for it.

Annie in Austin said...

Looks like the procedure was completed in the nick of time, Dr Dreams! Those seeds were getting ready to fly and infect the whole flower border. Dandy-line Flu is nothing to sneeze at.

I see that Stella is surrounded by nice little sedums and is that an alchemilla leaf unfolding, too? Stella can behave like a a Garden Flower in that setting, perhaps with something blue added, like lobelia or Evolvolus?
It's when you call her "Plant Material" and clone her for mass landscaping effects that she acts like such a common floozie.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

PS Wish you had been at the Austin gardenblogger get together on Sunday...you're a kind of honorary Austinite, to my mind!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

The dandelions seems to be more prolific this year. Hope you are enjoying this nice summer weather we are having. What happened to spring?

Shibaguyz said...

Congratulations doctor… procedure well done indeed…

Margaret Roach said...

I have dandelions in bloom already, too, I noticed yesterday (the third or fourth straight day of summery, spring-destroying heat). Ugh. Perhaps if I go out and warn them that an -ectomy is their fate they will move on and go grow elsewhere? Thanks for the laugh about one of the coming month's most repetitive of tasks.

Marie said...

Another great post. I love your wit and wisdom.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I have quite a few sections of my garden that needs a dandelionectomy. Ha.. Great tutorial here.

donna said...

I'm always happy to see the first dandelion flower but don't want them taking over the other plants. Not sure I'm up to performing a dandelionectomy. Very funny post.

Commonweeder said...

My first dandelion appeared yesterday, at least a week early, but this morning I have whole constellations of dandelions. White and blue violets too. The blooming of the Flowery Mead (lawn) has begun. Great post and a wonderful vocabulary lesson.

Darla said...

Dandelions are thugs aren't they?

Rose said...

Excuse me, Carol, while I clean up the coffee I just sprayed over my computer desk...Dandelionectomy, LOL!

I have found that for performing such a delicate procedure in places other than the middle of daylilies, my new Cobrahead tool that I bought at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show is just perfect. I know you have one, too; this is probably where I first saw it.

I divided my Stellas this weekend, too; fortunately, I found some willing takers. I still like these reliable lilies, but mine were getting a little out of hand.

Charlotte said...

The dandelions can sure get annoying some times.

Kim and Victoria said...

Congrats on a successful procedure!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

And how is our patient feeling today? That was one huge dandelion. Stella is pretty tough to have lived with that choking her out. Thanks for the reminder, I have a Daylily that needs dividing, but not a Dandelionectomy.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

You crack me up. Very good information on how to perform such a delicate task. Your daylily will thank you for it. Now, you need to get some daylilies other than poor overused Stella. She's o.k., but others are splendid. My, aren't I the bossy one this a.m.? Sorry.~~Dee

healingmagichands said...

This was a great post, both informative and entertaining. All great teachers know students learn better if the lesson is accompanied by laughter.

I have done those sort of -ectomies before when it became evident that the offending weed was never going to be completely separated from the invaded plant without really radical treatment. The first time I ever did it I was sure I had killed my perennial. But it survived.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

DANDELIONECTOMY... I LOVE it! (Well, I don't love doing it, but I love the post. Very amusing, as usual, Carol!)