Posts Tagged ‘Born Yesterday’

Later Alligtor (Reed 1997)

Later Alligator (Reed 1997)

The daylily season is heating up as each day brings a few more new faces and clumps begin to bloom in full splendor.

Rainbow Eyes

Mystical Rainbow (Stamile 1988)

Electric Man

Electric Man (Culver 2007)

Elegant Candy

Elegant Candy (Stamile 1995) with hollyhock

Dallas Star

Dallas Star (Ferris 1976)

Pink Super Spider

Pink Super Spider (Carpenter 1982)

Anne Evan

Anne-Evan (Yancey 1985)

Willow Wind (Bryant 1987)

Willow Wind (Bryant 1987)

Born Yesterday (Lambert 1972)

Born Yesterday (Lambert 1972)

Chesapeake Crablegs (Reed 1994)

Chesapeake Crablegs (Reed 1994)

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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


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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Coyote Moon

Daylily season, long-awaited, is getting underway. A few daylilies have been blooming for a week or so now. Coyote Moon (Hybridizer: Kirchhoff Registered: 1994) was new to the garden last year and has really settled in well. It has plenty of buds and produces very pretty, nicely shaped yellow flowers touched with cinnamon.

Suzy Wong

Suzy Wong (Kennedy 1962) is an older cultivar. The flowers don’t have the substance of many newer daylilies, but I like its fresh, lemony yellow. It is very floriferous, producing many buds over the daylily season.

Pixie Parasol

Pixie Parasol (Hudson 1975) has also been blooming for a while. It was the first daylily to bloom this year. Like Suzy Wong, I moved Pixie Parasol from my previous garden. I saved it, in part, because I think its name fits it so well.

Femme de Joie

Femme de Joie (Hayward 1979) is another old favorite that suits its name. The flowers really do look joyful. It tends to have weak scapes that let the heavy flowers droop, but it is holding up well so far this year.

Born Yesterday

Born Yesterday (Lambert 1972) always reminds me of my children when they were newborns. We have been getting some much-needed showers today, and I just dashed out and snapped a few photos during a brief interlude. The flowers are touched with raindrops.

Broken Heart

I moved Broken Heart (Kroll 1993) to a sunnier spot in the garden and it has suffered a bit of a setback from transplanting. However, it is still gamely producing a few flowers.

Yesterday Memories

Yesterday Memories (Spalding 1976) is a very pretty, unassuming pink that always does well. This was its first bloom this year.

Big Smile

Big Smile (Apps 1999) always makes me smile. I like its understated pale yellow, with white ribs and just a touch of pink on the petal edges, a very cheerful, good-natured look. I moved this plant in the spring too, and unlike Broken Heart, it seems very happy with the move. It settled right in and is blooming better this year than it did the last few years in a shadier location.

Curly Rosy Posy

Finally, here are two spidery flowers, Curly Rosy Posy (Hansen 1992) above, and Eggplant Escapade (Reed 1996) below. The season is off to a good start.

Eggplant Escapade

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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



Seminole Ruby

Helter Skelter

Suzy Wong

Angelic Grin

Geneva Firetruck

Yesterday Memories

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