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Monday, July 23, 2018

Hemerocallis

I'm taking a break from dares, politics, and even from personal anecdotes to feature something that is so rare in this world: a living thing you can always rely on.

Now we all know even our closest friends and dearest loved ones let us down now and then. It's just the way life is. Some people find they can rely on the love of pets, but let's face it, even they will occasionally pee on a rug and drive people crazy. If nothing else their lifespans break hearts as they start to get old and sick just as folks become so attached to them.

Not so hemerocallis! (more on hemerocallis) As the years go by they get stronger and bigger and if anything spread to a point where you are sharing them with friends. They are hardy to most areas, get no diseases, bloom reliably, and with all of the current cultivars, offer choices that are astounding.

What started as a plain, tall, orange, roadside wildflower, is now a plant that can resemble the most exotic orchids.


They are hardy, resilient, and handle adversity better than most anything. They have the toughness of a weed......but with a pretty face! If there is a downside, it is only that their bloom season lasts just a few weeks, but if you have several varieties, you can stretch that out as some bloom earlier or later than others. Still others will put on a second show after a few weeks. They are the "re-blooming daylilies".

My garden is full of them and I'm writing this as their season is just winding down. This is sort of my sentimental 'farewell until next year'. I do have a few still going strong, but many have exhausted their stash of single-day blooms (hence the term "daylily").

One view of my remaining daylilies still putting on quite a show.

And what I appreciate about the timing of these beauties, is that they are considerate enough to hang on just long enough for my zinnias to have taken over! If daylilies are my "perennial" heroes.......zinnias are surely my "annual" heroes, and both seem polite enough to share the spotlight with a perfectly divided season, with just the slightest of overlap.

So, thank you, my colorful friends, for another wonderful year! I need not even harbor the slightest doubt you'll be back again next year, bigger and better. And how many things can you say that about?





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    1. Thanks, Tomy. Daylilies are my #1 recommendation for a great perennial to any beginner-gardener. (coupled with the annual zinnias for the end of July to the first hard frost.) I just buy seed packs for the zinnias and don't even bother starting them early inside.

      Of course I have a LOT of other stuff, but I've been gardening for decades! LOL

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    2. Years ago, there was a young man attending our church who is into daylilies big time. Besides developing several very nice new varieties, he had a contract with the state to plant daylilies around highway intersections. Perhaps he still does. These are gorgeous, and, importantly, are low maintenance. Doug

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    3. Doug: very cool. I was friends with a woman at work who was not a breeder but collected all sorts of daylilies and when hers needed to be thinned, guess who got the discards? ;-)

      There are even "clubs" and "societies" for hemerocallis enthusiasts! I would have loved to chat with someone who 'breeds' some of these amazing hybrids!

      Thanks for the comment!

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  2. KD, thank you for the wonderful reminder that even though we (south of the equator) are in the depths of winter, spring with its promise of renewal and regeneration is just moments away.
    Day lilies, beautiful as they are, constantly remind us that the seasons come and go and that we are her for such a short time....so lets all make the most of it

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    1. So eloquently expressed. Thank you for that.

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  3. a.k.a., "deer food"?

    My biggest complaint and reason for not bothering with lilies.

    True with these, too?

    A.J.

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    1. I honestly don't know, A.J. Where I live deer are not a problem. However, from what I understand, if one IS plagued by deer, there aren't too many things they won't eat.

      One possibility though (depending I guess on where you are) is turning the deer who are making your flowers into food ....into food. LOL

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  4. I had some orange daylilies in my old place. In the new place, there are (all already planted by previous residents), hostas, rhododendrons, bracken ferns, rose of sharon and some other stuff that I haven't identified yet. I planted some coreopsis last week!

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    1. Sounds nice! I used to have the standard coreopsis but became frustrated with its short bloom season. Now I have a couple of the small "Moonbeam Coreopsis" which I think are a garden "essential". I also bought a hybrid coreopsis from one of those garden catalog companies a couple of years ago and am very happy with it.

      Nice hearing from you, too! Was missing your comments. ;-)

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