Monday, July 9, 2012

Oldies But Goodies

Heading out to my 50th class reunion this weekend.  This is the reunion where people have stopped bragging about their careers and started bragging about their grand kids.  Looking forward to updates and renewing old friendships. 

Made me think of some old daylilies - the kind that were around long enough to be called heirlooms.

Hemerocallis fulva "Kwanso" was introduced in 1860.  Probably was around longer.  Here in the Midwest we see these beauties in roadsides and gardens.  They may be old, but, they still have beauty and grace.

Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus “Lemon Lily” dates to 1570.  It was the first daylily to be registered with the American Hemerocallis Society.

Hemerocallis "Theron" was hybridized in 1934 by the father of all daylily madness, A. B. Stout.  This photo is from Old House Gardens who offers many heirloom daylilies.

Hemerocallis "Autumn Red" was hybridized in 1941 by Nesmith. 

There are many more heirloom daylilies, especially if you only go back to your childhood.  It may even be surprising how many stunning colors and shapes were hybridized long ago.  Many new introductions have these old girls in their ancestry.

Now this old girl will be taking a break - hope your week is stellar!  I'm sure mine will be with my heirloom classmates!

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