Sunday, May 13, is the final day of the three-day Cape Fear Botanical Garden plant sale.

Exciting offerings are still available. There will be daylilies donated by Lacy and Monica English, and Mercers’ Garden.

The Sandhills Daylily Club will offer daylilies saved from dividing clumps in the former site of the Bettie Jernigan Daylily Garden during the move to the new daylily garden site in the front of the botanical garden.

Sunday’s sale begins at noon and ends at 5 p.m.

Why not take your mother to the sale and treat her with live plants and flowers for Mother’s Day?

Admission to the plant sale is free. If you want to walk the garden after the sale, regular daily admission applies.

The garden will be selling native plants, conifers, succulents, daylilies, Mother’s Day baskets and more.

 

Dear Roger: I see ‘Stella de Oro’ daylilies blooming all around town. Mine are in big clumps but have only two or three blooms on each clump this year. I thought this daylily was supposed to be a heavy bloomer. What am I doing wrong? — Amelia Tyson, Lumberton

Dear Amelia: You are not doing anything wrong.

‘Stella de Oro’ is the culprit. It requires frequent dividing, watering and fertilizing to keep up its nearly continuous bloom.

Dividing is needed every two or three years, though one ‘Stella’ aficionado told me recently that she has not divided hers in many years and they still bloom heavily.

Here’s what happens:

Freshly divided ‘Stella’ will continuously make new fans, or divisions throughout the growing season. Each new fan will soon make a new bloom stalk bearing four to six deep yellow flowers.

After a couple of years a tightly crowded clump will not allow any more new fans to come up through it. There is no more room for new fans to break through.

A few new fans will develop around the edges of the clump. But most of the clump can no long produce new shoots or blooms.

If you want early bloom on plants that need less dividing, watering and fertilizing, there are many other daylilies that require division only after five to ten years to keep blooming well.

Dozens of these early daylilies have begun blooming in my garden. Most of them will rebloom, but none will rebloom as much as ’Stella.’

By the way, the Daylily Club is forging ahead with completing the new and much larger daylily garden. Botanical garden employees and volunteers are providing much help. The county is providing mulch from the Wilkes Road Compost Facility at 771 Wilkes Road.

Curtis Barnes, a daylily club member, has been trucking in loads of the mulch with his pickup truck. A botanical garden employee has trucked in one load of the mulch.

The club could use more help to get the garden finished. Things are beginning to shape up beautifully. And the grand design, contributed by students of the Fayetteville Technical Community College Horticulture Department, is beginning to take shape.

 

Send your questions and comments to Roger at orders@mercergarden.com or call (910) 424-4756. You may write to Roger at 6215 Maude St., Fayetteville, N.C. 28306