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We had a very rainy early summer, and I was worried that the lack of sun might suppress flower production among the daylilies, but that hasn’t proved to be the case. There is a fine display of brilliant blooms. Walking through the garden during daylily season reminds me of Emerson’s line from Hamatreya, although the context is not the same: Earth laughs in flowers. And I laugh too.

Jerry Hyatt

Jerry Hyatt (Hanson 2004)

Choo Choo Fantasy

Choo Choo Fantasy (Pickles 1995)

Alpha Centauri

Alpha Centauri (Hanson 1992)

Mystical Rainbow

Mystical Rainbow (Stamile 1988)

Raspberry Bouquet

Raspberry Bouquet (Bomar 1994)

Geneva Firetruck

Geneva Firetruck (Hansen 2000)

Tangerine Horses

Tangerine Horses (Kaskel 1996)

Doug's Red Mercedes

Doug’s Red Mercedes (Williams 1996)

Galena Gilt Edge

Galena Gilt Edge (Blocher)

Moonlight Orchid

Moonlight Orchid (Talbott 1986)

Blue Voodoo

Blue Voodoo (Rice 2005)

Coyote Moon

Coyote Moon (Kirchhoff 1994)

Ruby Spider

Ruby Spider (Stamile 1991)

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Flutterbye

Flutterbye (Childs 1981)

Here are a few more daylily faces. It’s traditional to show single daylily blooms in photographs so that the intricacies of the flower can be appreciated. Lest you should think that daylilies just bloom one flower at a time, however, I’ve included a few clumps.

I demonstrated great restraint this spring, and didn’t add a single new daylily cultivar to the garden, leaving the hemerocallis count at 140 varieties, so these photos represent just a modest sampling, taken at random according to what looked good to the camera.

Earth Angel

Earth Angel (Stamile 1987)

Rue madeline

Rue Madeline (Carr 1992)

Prague Spring

Prague Spring (Lambert 1989)

Chesapeake Crablegs

Chesepeake Crablegs (Reed 1994)

Asterisk

Asterisk (Lambert 1985)

Slow Burn

Slow Burn (Salter 1996)

Blonde is Beautiful

Blonde is Beautiful (Harris Benz 1985)

Magic Carpet Ride

Magic Carpet Ride (Kirchhoff 1992)

Beautiful Edgings

Beautiful Edgings (Copenhaven 1989)

Electric Man

Electric Man (Culver 2007)

August Morn

August Morn (Carpenter 1995)

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Country Melody

Country Melody (Klehm 1987)

I love the spring season in the garden, when new growth is everywhere. It’s very exciting and inspiring. But for brilliant, happy, boisterous colour, there is nothing like the midsummer daylily season. These easy-care no-fuss perennials come in a wide range of colors and shapes and sizes, and brighten the garden for weeks. As each individual flower blooms for just one day, every morning brings a new bouquet. Here are some of the daylilies blooming right now. Each flower is labeled with its name, hybridizer, and the year the hybrid was registered with the American Hemerocallis Society.

Angelic Grin

Angelic Grin (Joiner 1992)

Giggle Creek

Giggle Creek (Culver 2000)

Ghost of Thunder Road

Ghost of Thunder Road (Hanson 2001)

Cameroons with Chance Encounter

Cameroons (Munson 1984) with Chance Encounter (Stamile 1994)

Serena Dancer

Serena Dancer (Marshall 1986)

New Series

New Series (Carpenter 1982)

Key West

Key West (Trimmer 1999)

Karen's Curls

Karen’s Curls (Reinke 1997)

Big Smile

Big Smile (Apps 1999)

Mata Hari

Mata Hari (Brooks 1981)

Troubled Sleep

Troubled Sleep (Hanson 1998)

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Misty Morning

Here’s the garden on a misty, moisty morning one day this week. We finally had a small amount of rain, with scattered showers passing through. In spite of the dry season, the daylilies have put on a good show this summer. A few of the plants showed signs of stress, producing smaller and fewer blooms than usual. But many weren’t deterred by the drought at all.

Scarlet Pansy Aug 2/ 12

Scarlet Pansy

Scarlet Pansy has been like a certain battery-powered bunny. It has just kept blooming and blooming and blooming its gorgeous, glowing flowers that catch your eye and beckon to you from across the garden.

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Notify Ground Crew

Some of the tallest daylilies are late-season bloomers, taking longer to reach their full height. Here is Notify Ground Crew, showing off its trumpet-like flowers atop 5 foot tall scapes. It is a little below its registered height of 72 inches, perhaps due to the lack of rain.

Sears Tower Aug 1/ 12

Sears Tower

And here is Sears Tower. It is similarly registered at 72 inches but is blooming on 5 foot scapes this summer as well. Its flowers are a bit more showy than those of Notify Ground Crew.

tall2

Autumn Minaret

Autumn Minaret, an old Stout introduction registered in 1951, produces a bouquet of petite flowers every day. It has reached close to 6 feet this year, the tallest daylily in the garden.

Priscilla's Dream Aug 1/ 12

Priscilla’s Dream

Sadly, the daylily season is winding down for another year. Here are some of the daylilies that were showing off this week.

Eloquent Silence Aug 1/ 12

Eloquent Silence

Laura Harwood Aug 1/ 12

Laura Harwood

Dragon Dreams Aug 1/ 12

Dragon Dreams

Give Me Eight Aug 1/ 12

Give Me Eight

Tigerling Aug 1/ 12

Tigerling

Nile Plum Aug 1/ 12

Nile Plum

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Garden Path

Here is a sampling of some of the daylilies blooming this week.

Galena Gilt Edge

Galena Gilt Edge

Flaming Wildfire July 18/ 12

Flaming Wildfire

Starstruck July 17/ 12

Starstruck

Ruby Spider July 17/ 12

Ruby Spider

Custard Candy July 18/ 12

Custard Candy

Rue Madeline July 17/ 12

Rue Madeline

Scarlet Pansy July 17/ 12

Scarlet Pansy

Siloam Little Girl July 17/ 12

Siloam Little Girl

Vesuvian July 17/ 12

Vesuvius

Alpha Centauri July 17/ 12

Alpha Centauri

Geneva Firetruck July 17/12

Geneva Firetruck

Dragon Dreams July 18/ 12

Dragon Dreams

Troubled Sleep

Troubled sleep

Old King Cole

Old King Cole

Outrageous

Outrageous

Golden Tycoon

Golden Tycoon

Pink Super Spider

Pink Super Spider

Texas Gal

Texas Gal

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August Morn July 2/ 12

August Morn

The most anticipated event in the summer garden is the daylily season. A few plants have been opening flowers for the last week or so, but the main show has just begun this week. There are plenty of flower scapes and buds and it should be a good year for daylilies. Here are a baker’s dozen of the first flowers to bloom. Hold Your Horses was new to the garden this spring and has already produced several scapes, boding well for its future contribution to the annual display.

Railguy and I are taking a few days of vacation to travel into New York state with the goal of visiting a few gardens south of the border. Be back on the weekend!

Blonde is Beautiful July 2/ 12

Blonde is Beautiful

Borm Yesterday July 1/ 12

Born Yesterday

Chesapeake Crablegs July 2/ 12

Chesapeake Crablegs

Coyote Moon July 2/ 12

Coyote Moon

Helter Skelter July 2/ 12

Helter Skelter

Hold Your Horses July 1/ 12

Hold Your Horses

Hurricane Sky July 1/ 12

Hurricane Sky

Longstocking July 2/ 12

Longstocking

Pixie Parasol July 2/ 12

Pixie Parasol

Prince Redbird July 2/ 12

Prince Redbird

Slow Burn July 1/ 12

Slow Burn

Suzy Wong July 1/ 12

Suzy Wong

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Quality of Mercy

Quality of Mercy poly

You could be excused for wondering whatever is happening with this daylily bloom. While daylilies normally have three outer sepals and three inner petals, the Quality of Mercy bloom shown above has five of each! This makes for a very full, round flower. Such blossoms are termed polymerous. Formerly, the term ‘polytepal’ was used but ‘polymerous’ reflects more botanically-correct terminology.

New Series

New Series poly

Here’s a New Series flower with four petals and four sepals (tetramerous). Below is a Pink Super Spider flower with five of each (pentamerous).

Pink Super Spider

Pink Super Spider poly

Polymerous flowers can happen occasionally in any cultivar. Some believe the phenomenon is weather-related. However, some cultivars seem especially prone to throwing polymerous flowers. Hybridizers have taken advantage of this proclivity to develop cultivars that produce polymerous flowers 90% or more of the time.

Give Me Eight

Give Me Eight

I have one representative of this class of daylilies, bred to produce polymerous flowers. In recognition of this trait, it is named Give Me Eight. Its large, spidery flowers are quite eye-catching.

Give Me Eight

Give Me Eight

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Frans Hals

Frans Hals (Flory 1955)

It’s been an amazing summer for daylilies here. Although it has been very hot and dry, a few thunderstorms have rolled through and kept things from becoming totally parched. Some of the plants have put on wonderful displayed, but the daylily season is beginning to wind down now. Early bloomers are finished, middle bloomers are getting down to their last few buds, and there are only two or three plants left that are just now about to open their first flowers. Here is a display of some of the flowers that have been brightening the garden this week, everything from an old favorite, Frans Hals, introduced in 1955 to Old King Cole, a new spring arrival in my garden.

Priscilla's Dream

Priscilla's Dream (Shooter 1993)

Prince Redbird

Prince Redbird (Sellers 1986)

Dragon Dreams

Dragon Dreams (Salter 1991)

Old King Cole

Old King Cole (Moldovan 1995)

Red Patent Leather

Red Patent Leather (Wild 1977)

Umbrella Parade

Umbrella Parade (Temple 1990)

Moonlight Orchid

Moonlight Orchid (Talbott 1986)

Cat Dancer

Cat Dancer (Moore 1992)

Later Alligator

Later Alligator (Reed 1997)

Eloquent Silence

Eloquent Silence (Salter 1993)

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Flaming Wildfire

Flaming Wildfire

On Monday, we were blessed with a beautiful, soothing rain, a steady daylong drizzle. You could almost hear the overheated earth sigh with relief. The fine mist of rain was perfect for the garden, with no driving downpour to beat down stalks; just a gentle wash of much-needed moisture.

Laura Harwood

Laura Harwood

An overcast day, even with a bit of rain, can be great for capturing photographs of brightly coloured flowers that can look washed-out in full sun. The vibrant reds and deep purples seem to shine even more brilliantly in the gloom. Here are photographs of some of the flowers that were singing in the rain.

Alabaster Angel

Alabaster Angel

Nile Crane

Nile Crane

Texas Gal

Texas Gal

Beautiful Edgings

Beautiful Edgings

Starman's Quest

Starman's Quest

Tigerling

Tigerling

Scarlet Pansy and Catherine Neal

Scarlet Pansy and Catherine Neal

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Palomino Moon

Palomino Moon (Stamile 1989)

For anyone who may be suffering from daylily withdrawal, here are the latest in daylily blooms. The name of each plant is followed by the name of the hybridizer and the date the cultiver was registered or introduced.

Outrageous

Outrageous (Stevens 1978)

Unique Purple

Unique Purple (Childs 1979)

Heaven Can Wait

Heaven Can Wait (Hansen 1990)

Asterisk

Asterisk (Lambert 1985)

Roswitha

Roswitha (Trimmer 1992)

South Seas

South Seas (Moldovan 1993)

New Series

New Series (Carpenter 1982)

Malaysian Monarch

Malaysian Monarch (Munson 1986)

Priscilla's Rainbow

Priscilla's Rainbow (Spalding 1986)

Pink Super Spider

Pink Super Spider (Carpenter 1982)

Tralyta

Trahlyta (Childs 1982)

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