It’s Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, and since it’s June, it’s daylily season. Time for me to flit about the garden and wax rhapsodic about these big, bright perennials which take over for about two months each year. As I walked the back garden this evening, I pondered why daylilies garner so many gardeners’ imaginations including mine. I think it’s because they make the garden new every single day.
Special thanks to Carol of May Dreams Gardens for sponsoring Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Hop over to her site and see what’s blooming all over the world.
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No day during daylily season is the same. Flowers emerge fresh and beautiful each morning. If only we humans could do the same.
Every day, just after the break of dawn, I run outside to catch new cultivars blooming for the first time, while earlier ones flower on new scapes (stems.) It makes for a whole different aspect each morning and evening as darker colors fade. As I look, I’m considering how my daylilies mingle with other plants creating new vignettes at daybreak. Maybe that’s why daylilies captured me, body and soul, years ago.
We are in the middle of Season Hemerocallis, and I don’t mind the takeover. I really don’t. I love all my flowers and fauna, but the daylilies hold a special place in my red-dirt-girl heart. Maybe it’s because they shelter the little green frogs in my garden. I like any plant that shelters or feeds a creature. Speaking of which, many daylilies are beloved by pollinators. Look closely, and you may see golden pollen spilled on many of the blooms as you go throughout your own garden. I find the little green metallic bees especially love daylilies.
Oh, and we must not forget fragrance. Many daylilies are very fragrant. It may be a scent more subtle than true lilies, but it wafts over the garden like a sultry Samba dancer most mornings. The scent is another good reason to grow these beauties.
However, if we’re honest, we mostly grow daylilies for their sweet faces which can take almost any form from round bagels to wild twirling UFs floating on the Oklahoma breeze.
In the beginning, I was all about the bagel form of daylilies because I loved their round shape. I still do, but I’m finding my newest purchases are Unformed or UF daylilies, crispate or cascading. I say I’m especially fond of cascading, but I’m not really sure that’s true. I have a lot of the crispate too. I think UFs blend into the garden landscape more readily than the large ruffled forms. I still grow those too though. I guess I’m not a daylily specialist.
Then, there was my pink period where I only collected pink cultivars especially those of Patrick Stamile. Now, you might say I’ve branched out a bit.
In addition to the daylilies, there are plenty of other plants blooming for GBBD. One I wanted to be sure and point out is ‘Phenomenal’ lavender. I’ve never seen a lavender thrive quite like it. Last year, during Garden Bloggers’ Fling in Washington, D.C., we were given a sample plant of this lavender, and Lloyd Traven told us we would love it. He was so right! Mine multiplied in size over the winter and is now huge. I liked it so much I bought three more plants to edge the potager. It thrives, and get this–pollinators love it. You should order some. I ordered four more ‘Phenomenal’ lavender plants from American Meadows today. They’re on sale for half price and will ship in the fall. Bear in mind though, mine are planted in the raised beds of the potager. All lavender wants excellent drainage.
In other words, don’t plant it in Oklahoma red clay. It will most likely drown.
Before we go, assuming you’re still with me, here are some shots of the garden right now. I think it’s quite pretty. Now, I’m going over to Carol’s blog to see what everyone else is growing. You should too.