Daylilies, beautiful daylilies–what else could I take photos of for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day? Okay, a rose or two perhaps. GBBD is hosted on the fifteenth day of each month by our friend, Carol Michel at May Dreams Gardens unless, of course, the fairies take over posting. Then, it’s the fairies calling the shots, and it’s chaos. I find myself giggling at the thought.
Back here in Oklahoma, I can truly say, it’s been a wonderful spring. Well, other than hail the size of tennis balls and terrible twisters, but that’s the norm for my state. Still, in my little corner of north central Oklahoma, things have been pretty peaceful. A bawdy storm struck this morning at the early hour of 3:00 a.m. I heard the thunder, turned over and went back to sleep. I awoke to two inches of glorious rain in my gauge. Not bad for mid-June. The daylilies, roses, and everything else have responded with beautiful blooms, vegetables and fruits.
A few years ago, I went through a pink period in daylily collecting. I still love Patrick Stamile‘s pinks because he worked hard to create a pink daylily with a bluish hue. Once, a peachy color passed for pink in daylily culture. ‘Absolute Treasure’ isn’t as blue as some of the others, but it does have exquisite form. I also have ‘Chance Encounter’ and ‘Blue Pink Beauty.’ Below is the latter.
It may not have a gilded edge, but oh . . . that color! How could I ask for more?
As I snapped off spent daylily blooms this morning, I ate a handful of blackberries which were so sweet. We’ve also had peaches and sour cherries, and there are little green apples on the trees. Bear and I dutifully spaced them four to six inches apart with the help of her softball bat. We knocked them off the trees, and then she and I played a little impromptu softball as we hit them into the upper pastures. Overripe peaches went to the chickens. We’ve eaten the rest.
But, back to the daylilies. There’s just so much to share today that I forget where I am and where I’m going. Hemerocallis ‘Ninja Storm’ is new to me. I bought it last year, and while I should have let it go another year without blooming, I couldn’t stop myself from seeing its dark and ethereal beauty. If it has plenty of blooms, and being a recent UF (Unusual Form) it probably will, it’s a keeper.
Daylilies are truly garden worthy plants in my state and much of the south except for southern Texas because it’s too dry there. I find they love our sunshine and the summer heat as long as its not unseasonable. Even in a summer like last year, the blooms may have been scorched, but the plants soldiered on. I’ve noticed that many of these true survivors of 2011 have increased even more than expected. I don’t know why, but I’m glad. Other members of my daylily club reported similar findings.
However, we all lost a few, new ones we planted last year. I noticed daylilies are on sale now at many nurseries because they are finished blooming, and you know how people don’t want to buy plants out of bloom. Why not take home a container and transplant them–not into the garden where their roots might rot at this late date–but, instead into larger containers. Place these in a shady spot and don’t forget to water them. Mine sit in filtered sun beneath the deck. In September, when things finally begin to cool off, place the daylily and surrounding soil into hole. It should settle right in.
Usually the Central Oklahoma Hemerocallis Society has a daylily sale in September around my birthday. To make room in their own gardens, members often bring plants. Plus, we order some to sell. The funds pay for the daylily show every year and other functions of the club. Dues are only $5.00 a year–unless they’ve gone up, and it’s a great way to meet other daylily nuts and have great fellowship.
One more thing, the lovely Marsha won the contest for the Proven Winners® plants two postings ago. Congratulations Marsha! Happy Bloom Day everyone.