Hot and humid are the watchwords for this June Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day. Daylilies and grasses don’t mind though I do when I go out to weed the garden. The air is so heavy I can hardly breathe. From just deadheading today’s daylilies, I’m soaked in sweat. Deadheading requires very little exertion so you can tell how humid it is.
I wrote that paragraph yesterday. This morning I awoke to raindrops pelting the skylights above my bed. The rain didn’t amount to much, barely a trace, but it did bring down morning temperatures. I am grateful.
Since June is always about the daylilies in my garden, I’m going to try to show you some of my newer cultivars this year. This is the ninth year of the blog, and while gardens do change, they stay pretty constant unless you have a building project under construction. I have a lot of good strong colors in my garden, and I’m now trying to add daylilies with a certain Je ne sais quoi. I specifically chose many with patterned eyes and eyezones. Hybridizers are doing a lot of work with eyes, and they are coming up with fantastic patterns. Of course, they are always trying for blue eyes because blue is the one color daylilies don’t feature.
Working a lot of daylilies in the landscape with other plants takes skill. I remember years ago pondering the photos of a lady named Barbara. I don’t know her last name, but she was one of the most skillful landscape designers I’ve ever seen using daylilies. I used to pore over her photos–this was before blogging–and try to capture the essence of why her garden and photos were so beautiful. She was quite clever echoing daylily colors, with the eyezones of one daylily matching the color of another daylily self. Barbara removed her photos from the Internet years ago, but I still sometimes dream of them. My garden is only a hazy mirror of her skill.
Not only is color important, but also texture. Daylily foliage looks like rough grass, and clumps take up a lot of space, so you need to weave in texture that is feathery and light, or substantial. It’s important to have larger leaves so the whole garden doesn’t look like it’s going to float off the planet, or just be messy. My garden can look very messy and overgrown if I’m not careful. So, I add sturdy plants like true lilies, perennial hibiscus, shasta daisies, Phlox paniculata and others. Then, I also plant ornamental grasses and echinacea to blow in the wind. Movement in a garden is important too, don’t you think?
If you can find the cultivar ‘Wild and Wonderful,’ you should buy it. I don’t think it’s that expensive anymore, and it blooms prolifically with huge bouquets of flowers. Although it doesn’t bloom over a long period, it is fantastic while it does.
Another large wild daylily is ‘Webster’s Pink Wonder.’ It truly deserves the name because, when blooming, it stops people in their tracks. It also wins at daylily shows because is very large and unique.
I used to grow mostly dark daylilies. While I still love these, I have moved on to some of the pinks. They are quite special. One of the great difficulties in hybridizing was pulling the peach out of our pink daylilies. Hybridizers have been very successful in recent years. ‘Pink Lemonade Party’ is very pink. It’s a short daylily though.
H. ‘Elegant Attire’ is peachier than this photo shows, but it’s a beauty with nearly perfect form. It’s also a shorty for the front of the garden bed.
Below you can see what I’m trying to accomplish in the garden. I’m not very happy with it this year. I don’t know why. Maybe because the rain made all the perennials go gaga, and they are crowding each other out. The poor daylilies are having a heck of a time. It could also be that leaving the garden for a couple of weeks I didn’t get to cut everything back and give the daylilies more sun.
It’s still pretty. I guess. I promise I’m not searching for compliments. I’m truly not happy with it.
I’ll leave you with a couple more daylilies I’m enjoying today. That’s the thing about daylilies. Everyday is a new one with new flowers. I could go out there now and see different ones in bloom. The garden is always a surprise and a joy from day-to-day. See, now I sound a bit happier. Ha!
H. ‘Apache Beacon‘ is a UF Crispate. Don’t you just love how its petals and sepals curl at their very edges? Mine does have a bit of thrip damage on some of its flowers, but nothing in life is perfect so I’m showing it anyway.
Oh, and here’s a true lily. Daylilies aren’t true lilies, but this lily is wonderful. Longfield Gardens sent ‘Kaveri‘ to me last summer, and I love it. Thanks Longfield!
That’s all I have for GBBD. I hope yours was great. After I deadhead the daylilies this morning, I’ll sit and read my favorite blogs. Ciao!