Stiltgrass: Barbarian at the Garden Gate


GARDEN JUDGES I WORKSHOP
– NOW ONLINE!

What is a Garden Judge?

Garden judges perform consistent and impartial evaluations of daylily performance in garden settings. Based on observations in their own region or a national convention, garden judges vote the AHS Awards and Honors ballot. Results of this voting focuses attention on daylilies which many garden judges consider outstanding garden performers in their regions. Garden Judges select the majority of AHS Cultivar Awards each year, including the Stout Silver Medal, AHS’s highest award given to a cultivar.

One class offering:
October 14 (7pm EST).
Free, online course for credit.

Must be an AHS member for 12 months prior to training. RSVP to:
judgeseducation@daylilies.org

Please note the date of the class you will be attending. The course will be offered via WebEx (an online conferencing tool) and private links to the meeting will be sent once eligibility is confirmed.

Why is it a problem?
An invasive plant is basically one that harms the eco-system in which it arrives. Stiltgrass is an ecological threat because it spreads to form dense extensive patches, thus displacing many other species that are not able to compete with it. Deer do not eat stiltgrass and by selectively feeding only on surrounding plants they help the stiltgrass become a monoculture. The interaction between stiltgrass and the Northern Pearly Eye (Enodia anthedon) butterfly is being studied because its caterpillar eats only native grasses. The butterfly was once common, but it’s been observed that their populations crash when stiltgrass enters the environment. Further investigation is being done to study the potential impacts of stiltgrass on grass dependent butterflies and other insects that might try to utilize stiltgrass as an alternative host plant.

Article by:
Catskill Native Nursery, 845-626-2758
607 Samsonville Rd, Kerhonkson NY 12446 |
Email:info@catskillnativenursery.com

We are getting many questions about this invasive grass that has been finding its way into Hudson Valley gardens. So here is some information to get you started about controlling it if you already have an infestation, or find yourself with one in the near future which is very likely…

What is it?
Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) is

How to ID it:
Along with its jointed stem you can easily tell stiltgrass from other grasses by the silver line that goes down the center of the blades. It’s very easy to see when the light hits it and you can see it in the photo I posted.

What can you do about it?…
Hand Pulling:
For the home gardener, the best method to get rid of stiltgrass is to pull it BEFORE it goes to seed. It is shallow rooted and easy to pull, especially after a rain. You do not want to compost it because if it has been there for more than a year it is likely that its prolific seed is still present in the soil clinging to the roots, thus giving it a chance to germinate in your compost. If the grass is well established it might take a few seasons of hand pulling to exhaust the seed bank. Pile the pulled grass in an area where you can watch it and make sure it doesn’t sprout any new grass or cover it with a tarp to prevent germination.


2019 Regional Meeting cont.


Entwined in the Vine by Emmerich, 2008
2018 Stout Silver Medal Winner

Song of Deliverance by K. Emmerich, 2014

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by
K. Emmerich, 2010

Angels Bow Down by K. Emmerich, 2015

Check our website for details about each tour garden and open gardens:
www.longislanddaylily.weebly.com

Friday, July 19
9:00am – 4:00pm Open Gardens –
                              times will vary
4:00pm – 5:00pm Registration,
5:30pm – 6:30pm Boutique Open
6:30pm – 7:30pm Social Hour/Cash Bar
7:30pm – 9:30pm Dinner, Region Four Auction

Saturday, July 20
6:45am – 7:15am Registration /
                              Grab&Go Breakfast
7:15am – 7:30am Bus Loads
7:45am                 Bus Departs
8:30am – 9:30am “Imagine” Garden,
                              East Setauket
10:15am – 11:15am Whispering Hills,
                                 Huntington
11:30am – 12:30pm Hidden Harbor,
                                 Asharoken
1:30pm – 3:20pm Planting Fields Arboretum
                             Lunch
                             and Saxton Seedling Bed
3:20pm                 &Bus leaves arboretum
4:00pm                 &Boutique Open
4:30pm – 5:00 Possible workshop
5:30pm – 6:30pm Social Hour/Cash Bar
6:30pm – 7:30pm Banquet Dinner
7:00pm – 7:30pm Regional Business
                             meeting/Awards
7:30pm – 9:00pm Guest Speaker Gil Stelter


June Meeting still cont.


Spacecoast Saltwater Taffy by
Kinnebrew/Gossard, 2015

Torpedo Fish by Gossard, 2011

Tappan Hill by Schmidt/Mason, 2018

Daylilies in the article are:
Kashmiri Chai by M. Holmes, 2015
Loch Lomond Lilac by Derrow 2010

DAPPLING DYNAMO
HARPER’S BAZAAR
HEAVENLY FINAL
DESTINY
HIGHLAND DANCER
KASHMIRI CHAI
KING TUT’S TREASURE
LOCH LOMOND LILAC
LONESOME JAGUAR
LULU WALLS
MEGILLAH
NOT THE PALE MOON
PARTING THE RED SEA
PREHISTORIC BEAST
PRESSURE DROP
ROSE FOLLY
SERPENT MOON
SPACECOAST SALTWATER TAFFY
SPACECOAST THE BLACK HOLE
SUGAR SPRINKLES
TAPPAN HILL
THE FULL MONTY
THIRD HORIZON
TORPEDO FISH
TOTAL SILENCE
UNSHAKABLE
WILD AT HEART

2019 Regional Meeting

We have a bus going to the Regional Meeting in Long Island on July 19th through the 21st. The bus will leave the parking lot in front of Sam’s Club in Latham Farms at 7:00 am. We will be returning Sunday late afternoon. We will be stopping at gardens on the way down to Long Island on Friday and on the way back on Sunday. Details on which gardens we will visit will follow.


Save the Date


Edinburgh by Stelter, 2013

Gryphon Stanley Saxton by Stelter, 2013

Rochester High Falls by Stelter, 2016

Check our website for details about each tour garden and open gardens:
www.longislanddaylily.weebly.com

Featured Tour Gardens
“Imagine” Garden – Joan and Charlie Lundin Whispering Hills – Pat Sayers Hidden Harbor – Chris Petersen/ Steve Widom LIDS’ AHS Display Garden- Planting Fields Arboretum

Open Gardens Friday and/or Sunday
Elliot, Rachel and Dave Turkiew, Paul Limmer, Barbara Schenk, Joan and Charlie Lundin, Pat Sayers, Chris Petersen, Buck Bucklin, John and Muriel Stahl, Mary Kay Denman, and More!

Friday, July 19
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Open Gardens
  – times will vary
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Registration,
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Boutique Open
6:30 pm –7:30 pm Social Hour/Cash Bar
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Dinner
  Region Four Auction

Saturday, July 20
6:45 am – 7:15 am Registration/
  Grab & Go Breakfast
7:15 am – 7:30 am Bus Loads
7:45 am Bus Departs
8:30 am – 9:30 am “Imagine” Garden,
  East Setauket
10:15 am – 11:15 am Whispering Hills,
  Huntington
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Hidden Harbor,
  Asharoken
1:30 pm – 3:20 pm Planting Fields Arboretum
  – Lunch and Saxton Seedling Bed
3:20 pm Bus leaves Arboretum
4:00 pm Boutique Open
4:30 – 5:00 Possible workshop
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Social Hour/Cash Bar
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Banquet Dinner
7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Regional Business
  Meeting/Awards
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Guest Speaker Gil Stelter



Are Your Babysitter Plants Coming Up?


2019 Regional Meeting

The Long Island Daylily Society (LIDS) invites you to join us Friday, July 19, through Saturday, July 20, in Long Island, New York, for the 2019 AHS Region Four Meeting. Our guest speaker is hybridizer Gil Stelter, owner of Gryphon Gardens in Guelph, Ontario.

The host hotel is the HILTON LONG ISLAND/ HUNTINGTON
598 Broad Hollow Road, Melville NY
631-577-1506
www.Hiltonlongisland.com
Mention “LIDS” to get the group rate
of $165 per night.

Check our website for details about each tour garden and open gardens:
www.longislanddaylily.weebly.com

Capital District Garden and Flower Show

The booth at the flower show was a big hit! Many, many thanks to everyone who contributed their time and efforts to make the booth beautiful and attention catching!

Daylilies in the article are:
Graces of Ganymede by Reed, 2003
Plumbum by Reed, 2017

Are Your Babysitter Plants Coming Up?

Yes, I know it’s early yet, but our daylilies are coming up! I’ve already had to put down Deer Scram because the pesky critters have started to munch the tender new shoots.

So as you survey your gardens, keep in mind that Frank Almquist and Sharon Gallucci need to know how many fans your babysitter plants have this year. It’s important to get this information to them as soon as possible, because if the babysitter has enough fans, it will come back to the Members’ Sale on May 11th. You will receive a fan to take back to your garden as a thank you for taking such good care of your babysitter plant.

It may seem early to ask for this information, but May 11th is only 4 weeks away and pictures and details for all the plants in the sale needs to be gathered. Thanks for your help in reporting on your babysitters!



The American Hemerocallis Society


Wicked Path of Sin by CM Barnes, 2008

2019 Regional Meeting

The Long Island Daylily Society (LIDS) invites you to join us Friday, July 19, through Saturday, July 20, in Long Island, New York, for the 2019 AHS Region Four Meeting. Our guest speaker is hybridizer Gil Stelter, owner of Gryphon Gardens in Guelph, Ontario.

The host hotel is the HILTON
LONG ISLAND/ HUNTINGTON
598 Broad Hollow Road, Melville NY
631-577-1506
www.Hiltonlongisland.com
Mention “LIDS” to get the group rate of
$165 per night.

Your registration includes the Saturday bus tour and four meals: Friday buffet dinner followed by an auction, Saturday grab and go breakfast on your way to three garden tours, Saturday lunch and tour at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY, and Saturday evening sit down banquet, business meeting and program by Gil Stelter.

Check our website for details about each tour garden and open gardens:
www.www.longislanddaylily.weebly.com

The American Hemerocallis Society

Thinking of Joining the American Hemerocallis Society? Now is a good time to do it. You can get a book on Open Form Daylilies and a voucher for $25. But this offer is only good through March 31st, so don’t put it off too long!

The membership benefits of the American Daylily Society are already pretty great, but to encourage new daylily fans and memberships this month, new members will receive a complimentary copy of The Open Form Daylily! ($25.00 value, 232 pages, 616 full-color illustrations, 10 sketches; softbound,
first edition.)

Included with your membership are four beautiful issues of The Daylily Journal, our official newsletter magazine, each year. This magazine contains articles on award winning daylilies, the most popular daylilies by geography, trends in daylily hybridizing, scientific studies, highlights of gardens and conventions, and much more.

New members joining the American Daylily Society also receive a $25 voucher, which can be redeemed towards purchases of daylilies with select growers across the United States.

But remember, this offer ends March 31st!