One evening last week my friend Sally came over to help me live-head my day lilies so they would look perfect for the next morning, as I was having some friends over to see my flowers. It's always hard to pluck perfect blooms off, but knowing they live only one day anyway makes it bearable. Sally brought over a bunch of her new blooms after she live-headed at home so I could see them. Some of her new daylilies included Passive Aggressive, Green Arrow, Space Coast Royal Rumble, Underdog, Smoke Scream, Paradise Bar and Grill, and American Muscle, just to name a few. Between the two of us we had lots of beautiful blooms so we decided to make this cute 'I love daylilies' flower image on the grass.
This summer my grandson Blake deadheads my daylilies a few times each week with his Mom and sister. He is so energetic! Secretly I am hoping to instill a of love of flowers in his life. I have to be honest though, he's really much more interested in the John Deere lawn tractor. Nonetheless, I'll keep trying…
When Blake comes over he likes to visit our next-door neighbor's goose named Donald. Donald rides herd over a flock of chickens, keeping them in line. Donald honks and makes a big racket to protect his chickens. Blake first met Donald when he was tiny and has enjoyed visiting him as he's grown up.
Here is one of my early birds; the Wisconsin–bred 'Flaming Pumpkins'. My friend Sally surprised me with a division of her plant after I admired it in her garden. Orange, waxy textured daylilies are some of my absolute favorites.
Hybridized by Francis and Genni Kleckner in 2012, this dormant tetraploid grows 36 inches tall with 6 inch blooms. This year the blooms are even larger because of all the rain we have had. I love the delicate ruffles and the subtle gold edges on the flowers. Last summer bloom time was from June 21 through July 21. This year bloom started about two weeks later, due to the cold weather. In 2020 Flaming Pumpkins was awarded an Honorable Mention from the American Daylily Society.
Summer mornings are so exciting and filled with surprise. I love to rush outside to see the new daylily blooms. My garden is a completely different experience each and every day as various plants emerge. It reminds me of Christmas morning as a little kid. You never knew what Santa would leave for you. At this point in my life it's Mother Nature that delivers :)
Pictured: 'Chicago Apache' This daylily always makes a statement with an exclamation point! Notice the little frog on the large bloom.
I have taken hundreds of photos of 'Heavenly Starbrite' and I'm still not convinced that I have accurately captured this daylily's true beauty. It is stunning in peak bloom. The large, waxy 10 inch blooms are beacons of light in the garden. In the morning the blooms have a greenish tint.
Hybridized in Ohio by Jamie Gossard (2005), Heavenly Starbrite is a dormant tetraploid that grows 36 inches tall in my garden. This daylily is categorized as an unusual form crispate. Last summer, bloom time was from July 22 through most of August. Starbrite's parents are Techny Spider and Adeline Goldner, both are of which are very well-known daylilies.
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