Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Lilies of the Day

 Orange Daylily (Hemerocallis fulva)
Why give such glorious creatures other names like ditch lily, railroad lily, roadside lily, outhouse lily, and wash-house lily? Such wonders deserve better monikers, names redolent of summer and warmth, sweetness and vibrant color.

Sun worshippers of the highest order, daylilies don't open at all in cloudy weather. The flowers last for only a day, but what a show they put on in the garden, their spires rising from cool spinneys of arching green leaves, each crowned by gracefully swaying blooms with expansive golden hearts.

Dragonflies love daylilies, and at first light, it is not uncommon to see every lily in our garden wearing a dragonfly -  the little dears are waiting for the sun to warm their wings and grant them the power of unfettered flight. Could there be there a better place to do such a thing than a daylily in bloom?


2 comments:

Tabor said...

All types of these that have established themselves in my yard. Love them as they are brave ad hardy.

Barbara R. said...

We have a great abundance of lilies this year, mainly common ones, but a Stella D'Ora is a favorite around here as a special kind. I like the name. Some of our highways have plants in the medians, and they are gorgeous.