Daylilies Part II
As July moves on, different daylilies come and go in flower. Some will bloom for a very long time, others concentrate all their efforts into two or three weeks, but I will have flowers straight into September with the varieties I grow. I like to think of daylilies as "happy flowers", they don't ask for much but always seem eager to please. As a plant nerd who will sometimes go to extraordinary lengths to grow challenging plants that I really like, it is quite nice to grow some plants that give so much for minimal effort on my part.
This seedling from Marietta has a great big polychrome flower with nice ruffling. Its not the most floriferous plant but each bloom is eagerly anticipated. Smells good too.
Galaxy Explosion is from Obannon Springs as are most of the plants in the front section of the older bed. It is one I brought sight unseen and am glad I did. It produces lots of colorful small/medium sized "spider"/star shaped dark centered burnt orange flowers over a very long period of time. Flowers well above the foliage, another plus. It could make a good plant in the right spot in a perennial border.
Small Gesture has lots of double pink flowers with a darker center.
Brown Witch is one of the few brown flowered daylilies. Brown would seem to be an ugly color for a flower but in person it actually is pretty nice, at least the sort of golden browns that daylilies come in. A good performer and fairly tall.
Grey Witch is similar in form, height and bloom period to Brown Witch. Also a sort of indescribable color, more of a muted purple shade. These spider flowered sorts do blend better in a garden with other plants than the daylilies with big round ("bagel") flowers or ones with extreme ruffled edges ("chicken fat"). Both of the witches are in the newer main bed near the deck. Many plants in that bed are late bloomers I got from Manatawny but when I extended the bed I added quite a few more from mail orders including both of the above.
Ok this is not in my garden, but at a nursery, CT Daylilies, that I paid a visit to in July. It is an example of a "bearded" or "sculpted" daylily. Not my cup of tea at all but I do find it fascinating how much human selection can change a simple wildflower in a few generations. And its good that there are folks breeding all kinds of new flower forms. Who knows what this flower form might lead to in the future? People go nuts over cristate growing succulents so why not a flower with such an odd form? There's lots of room for different preferences, diversity is one of the things that makes gardens interesting.
There were a lot of really cutting edge newer sorts of daylilies at CT daylilies and they were not inexpensive. But when I later compared prices to other online nurseries, and also considered the fact that the owner put a lot of extra effort into growing them in pots (which means less transplant shock) and that they were robust plants I realized they were actually priced quite fairly for what they are. So naturally I left with four new ones for my gardens. As can be seen they all have some unusual features. One has a huge flat red flower (Greatful Red) , two others have patterns (Pattern Master-bitone, Nick of Time (purple) that are hard to find (and an active area of breeding at CT daylilies and among other breeders--we can expect daylilies that have kaleidoscope like patterns in coming years) and one is stippled (Spots Before My Eyes-tiny dots of color on a lighter background) and a tetraploid (even less tetraploid stippled sorts than the few diploid ones).
This gorgeous monster at CT daylilies was one of their seedlings and was going home with one of the workers. Now this is something different and indicative of some rather far out daylilies to come in future years. Many, if not all, with this kind of concentric ring pattern have crimped petals but this one is relatively flat and is definitely an advancement from the first ones with this kind of pattern. Not a perfect form yet but certainly nice enough that I would happily grow it if I could.
Miss Jessie is an old spider form. I've had it for years and it came from the old house to this one in 2012. Tough and reliable, its a good and inexpensive one.
One of my better seedlings, this one has nicely shaped purple flowers with darker veining. It blooms for a long time too. If I were to change anything about it, I'd like the flowers to be on taller stems.
This old classic, Lullaby Baby, looks even better in person. Its a polychrome tending towards white, but each flower is perfectly shaped and the smallish size is well proportioned to the plant.
Muffet's Little Friend is an odd sort, and is shown here at Grace Gardens. Its a smaller one with a wildflower look to it. I got it and was warned it does spread a bit like H fulva, the common orange daylily one sees everywhere. I like the small flowers and plant, though the flowers could be a little higher above the leaves. I put it in a location where it has some Iris fulva nearby (another spreader) and a walkway and the pool to keep it in bounds if that does become an issue.
Grace Gardens is quite a sight to behold when their large daylily field in in full bloom.
Santa's Pants at Grace Gardens. Of course I had to get this to bring home. What a pretty flower and quite distinctive too.
Our big three day getaway this past summer was to Ithaca when the virus was at a very low ebb and we got to see friends on Cayuga Lake for an outdoor distanced dinner. The most amazing rainbow we have ever seen appeared over the lake. So it was an amazing trip even though we did not dare eat in restaurants or other usual things we might do. But between the daylilies, stopping by at our friends place, walking the Cornell Botanical Gardens, and picking up Purity ice cream to eat elsewhere it was a good if short getaway, our only one during the pandemic.
Rainbow Radiance was looking pretty good at Grace Gardens in spite of a thundershower that sent us scurrying back into the car for a bit. Got a division to take home.