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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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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



Seminole Ruby

Helter Skelter

Suzy Wong

Angelic Grin

Geneva Firetruck

Yesterday Memories

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Hemerocallis fulva growing by the roadside.

Note: You can see more daylilies on their own page. Click on the tab labelled Daylilies above the Willow House Chronicles header.

The common daylily (Hemerocallis fulva) is a native of Asia. These rusty-orange dayliles were often found around old homesteads. They are tough, hardy plants, and can now be seen here and there, growing along roadsides, a habit that has earned them the name of Ditch Lily. The name ‘daylily’ is a simple description of the flowering habit: each bloom lasts for one day.  Long scapes hold the flowers above the sword-like foliage, and even though each bud blooms for but one day, the abundance of buds on each scape means the plant offers an extended display of bloom. The scientific name, hemerocallis, is from the Greek: day (hemera) + beauty (kallos). Originally the genus Hemerocallis was placed in the lily family, Liliaceae, but more recently it has been moved to the family Hemerocallidaceae.

Hemerocallis fulva spreads by fast-growing rhizomes and can be an aggressive garden plant. Modern hybrids developed from the species have a much more well-behaved clumping habit. And while the rusty-orange of the fulva sp is not unappealing, daylily hybrids are now available in a wide range of colours, from pinks and purples to creams, yellows and yes, even bright oranges, that makes the old standby drab by comparison. There is also a wide variety of plant and flower forms available. Flowers may have long petals and sepals (‘spiders’) or be flat and round (‘bagels’). Plants may be compact, with blooms held on short scapes or have tall scapes that reach as high as 60 inches. There are more than 10,000 hybrids registered with the American Hemerocallis Society, so gardeners can find a plant to please every taste. In Ontario, the daylily is celebrated by the Ontario Daylily Society.

The first few weeks of July mark the height of the daylily season, although a range of hybrids extend the season from spring through fall. Here are  photographs of a few that are blooming in my garden today. Included is the name of the hybridizer and the year the hybrid was registered.

galena gilt edge

Galena Gilt Edge (Blocher)


Suzy Wong (Kennedy 1962)


Helter Skelter (Lambert 1981)


Earth Angel (Stamile 1987)


Broken Heart (Kroll 1993)

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