Welcome to my new blog! It will be about my gardens, and mostly about my favorite flowers, the Daylilies.
Daylily should not be confused with the
Lilium lily, also a beautiful plant. Daylilies are in the genus
Hemerocallis, which means, "beautiful for a day." Each bloom lasts for
one day, but fortunately, there are many blooms per plant, maturing in
turn so bloom time lasts for several weeks. The season can be extended
by displaying very early (EE) blossoming plants to very late (VL)
blossoming plants. Here in northern USA, they start in late spring,
just before summer officially begins. My gardens are full of "fans"
right now, the leafy growth that looks very like an exotic fan. In the
meantime, I fill in with early-blooming plants, such as crocus, muscari
(grape hyacinths) forsythia, daffodils (which are joyfully blooming
their brains out right now!) and a few tulips, also blooming now. In a
few weeks, the iris will begin; I have quite a few tucked here and there
in the gardens. Most of my irises are an old, "tall-bearded" type that
came with the house, and were blooming when we first saw the place.
Part of why I fell in love with our home! I have also collected
several peonies, another favorite flower, but they too are sprouting
only foliage. I have a few hostas. I don't dislike them; on the
contrary, I DO like them. Unfortunately, the deer also like them. I am
of the opinion that hostas were misnamed. They should be called, "deer
So, the first daylily to bloom
here will be lovely "Elizabeth". It was bred by Norton and registered
in 1942, several years before I was even born! I bought it to represent
and honor my mom, whose name was Elizabeth. (Fair warning: I have a
LOT of "theme" gardens! Often, my selection of a purchase is because of
its name, rather than its merit as a quality daylily. I figure it's my
garden, and I can do this, so long as I don't breed two poor quality
daylilies together. I don't breed seriously, but have dabbled, since it
is fun.) To get us started, here are photos from last summer, of two of my favorites.
Above is "Firestorm" a brilliantly colored, large flowered, "spider" style of blossom. It was bred by Krekler and registered in 1979. It grows somewhat tall, at 31". The bloom width is registered at 8.25". I've had this one since 2002, and will be dividing it this spring. Below is "Sunray Brilliance," that I got to represent my husband (before we got married). The section I chose was a bit shady, and has gotten worse, so it hasn't needed dividing. Maybe later this summer, and I might move it to a sunnier spot. Oh, and we did get married -- in our own back yard, amongst our friends and the daylilies, at peak bloom time, mid-July of 2007. It was a lovely wedding!
I may also sneak in the occasional pic of the cats or dogs, other plants, or the yard in general! I've a lot of older photos of my yard, the daylilies, and other plants. I'll post again soon!