The first of the dayliles to bloom this year was Suzy Wong, a very reliable older hybrid introduced in 1962. She’s the leader of the pack as the daylily season gets underway, the annual highlight of the garden calendar.
Just a day later was Coyote Moon. This prolific bloomer was introduced in 1994. It’s one of my favorites, with its bright round flowers touched by just a hint of copper.
Third place goes to the large spider Longstocking. This plant had been overshadowed by a large bush, and I moved it to a sunnier location in the spring. Longstocking clearly appreciated the improved access to sunlight.
After a streak of intensely hot, humid days, we enjoyed a couple of days of light rain. This morning when I walked out into the garden, I found another half-dozen daylilies beginning to bloom, their first flowers freckled with raindrops. Here are this morning’s starlets.