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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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Galena Gilt Edge

Galena Gilt Edge (Blocher)

Here are the new daylily faces blooming in the garden today.

August Morn

August Morn (Carpenter 1995)

Angelic Grin

Angelic Grin (Joiner 1992)

Fencing Master

Fencing Master (Munson 1988)

Hurricane Sky

Hurricane Sky (Talbot 1985)

Siloam Little Girl

Siloam Little Girl (Henry 1970)

Navaho Princess (Hansen 1992)

Navaho Princess (Hansen 1992)

Elegant Candy

Elegant Candy (Stamile 1995)

Helter Skelter

Helter Skelter (Lambert 1981)

Rainbow Spangles

Rainbow Spangles (Temple 1983)

Key West

Key West (Trimmer 1999)

Doug's Red Mercedes

Doug's Red Mercedes (Williams 1996)

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The first two weeks of July mark the zenith of the daylily season. The plants that were on the cusp of blooming when I left for vacation were in bloom by the time I returned five days later. Daylilies (hemerocallis) are straight-forward plants. Not for them the fussing and fretting of garden prima donnas. Although they prefer full sun and moderate moisture, they will bloom, albeit on a less flamboyant scale, in shade or in drought, in good soil or poor. They are quite pest-free. Unlike the old species daylily from which they were developed (sometimes called the Ditch Lily or Orange Daylily), modern hybrids don’t spread rambunctiously, but form neat clumps. The clumps may need dividing every few years. How quickly they multiply depends on factors such as the quality of the soil and the climate. Here is a selection of photographs of some of the daylilies that are blooming in my garden today.

Prague Spring

Galena Gilt Edge and Helter Skelter

Born Yesterday (This one always reminds me of my three new baby daughters!)

Big Smile

Hurricane Sky and Fencing Master with roses and campanula

Pure and Simple

Asterisk

Rococo

Seminole Ruby

Helter Skelter

Suzy Wong

Angelic Grin

Geneva Firetruck

Yesterday Memories

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When we moved to Willow House, I left my garden behind. We had lived at our former residence for 30 years, so I had many years to work on the garden there. It featured many perennials, but at its core was a collection of some 200 varieties of daylilies, or hemerocallis. They are so called because each flower blooms for just one day, but the plants produce many blooms so there is a constant display over the daylily season.

Mokan Butterfly and coneflower

Unfortunately, events conspired to make it necessary to leave most of the daylilies behind. I brought about 50 varieties with me to Willow House, which you can see on the daylily page that is tabbed above the Willow House header.

Knockout, with dragonfly visitor

It was my sister who got me started in collecting daylilies. She has a lovely selection in her Oakville garden and gave me my first daylily, Knockout. Knockout is an older variety, introduced in 1971. It is not very tall, about 18 inches, but produces lovely big, pale apricot flower, 6 inches across.

Canary Feathers

Her gift was the beginning of a passion. Each year, I added a few more. There are so many beautiful colours and shapes and patterns to pick from, it is hard to choose.

Gentle Shepherd and Chance Encounter

Like the seed season, the daylily season starts in the winter, when the catalogues arrive. You can purchase the more common daylilies at local nurseries, and may even find a few unusual ones. However, to really indulge yourself, look to daylily growers, who specialize in a large selection.

Tigerling

A few places send out catalogues, but many have online catalogues, where you can browse to your heart’s content. A good place to learn more about daylilies and see cutting-edge plants is at your local daylily club. In Ontario, the regional club is the Ontario Daylily Society (ODS). On their website you will find a listing of Canadian daylily sellers.

From top, Yesterday Memories, Siloam Cinderella, Gypsy Jingle and Little Gypsy Vagabond

Daylilies are shipped with their roots bare, usually in the spring. Plants are usually sold as a double fan of leaves with its attached tuberous root. While the original daylily species could be invasive, modern hybrids form neat clumps.

Angelic Grin

Daylilies are tough, disease and pest resistant plants, and combine beautifully with other perennials such as daisies and liatris.

Birdgirl and friend in the daylily garden

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