Friday, June 12, 2015

Let the Daylily Madness Begin

Daylilies in my garden have started to bloom and they are about half a month earlier than previous years.  I'm assuming it's because we had an early and mild spring and the huge amount of rain we've been receiving.

"Yellow Bouquet" has 3 inch double yellow self on 18 inch scapes.  It has a very long bloom time which may be considered a re bloomer or continuous.  It's a dormant and is slightly fragrant.  Received the Honorable Mention award.  Started blooming May 19.  As with many double daylilies, the first blooms aren't totally double.  As they get going, the beauty gets better. 

"Bitsy" is a 1 1/2 - 2 inch clear bright yellow lily on 17 inch scapes.  It branches, tolerates extreme heat and cold and increases clump size.  Semi evergreen.  Won the 2002 Landscape category of All-American Daylily Award and the Award of Merit.  Started blooming May 30th.

I have several small purple daylilies of unknown variety.  This one is a 2 inch light purple with darker purple halo, white midribs and yellow/green throat.  30 inch scapes.  It started blooming June 9th. 

"Leprechauns Wealth" is a 2 1/2 inch round orange/apricot self with ruffled edges and crepe texture on 24 inch scapes.  It
re-blooms and proliferates.  Semi-evergreen.  Started blooming June 11.  
"Stella de Oro" is the most highly used daylily for landscaping.  It is tough, prolific and I've divided many times.  3 inch gold self with slightly ruffled edges on 18-24 inch scapes.  Is considered a continuous bloomer.  A dormant and very fragrant.  It's a Stout Medal Winner and elected Perennial of the Year.  Started blooming this year on June 9th.
I debated whether to add "Orange Tawney" because right now I'm fighting to get it out of my hybrid daylily bed.  Some people call this the "ditch lily" or "fulva orange" and it's considered invasive.  Invasive in the sense it crowds out anything as it multiplies and spreads like crazy.  It is really beautiful if looked at from just a flower basis.  The whole thug thing is another issue.  It was recorded in the US by John Gerard in the early 1700's but is a native of Eurasia.  It started blooming about June 1.  4-inch orange with red/orange eye and yellow center and ribs.  36 inch scapes.
AND speaking of early:  I have hosta blooming.  Most are considered fall bloomers.  Another unusual year full of surprises and beauty. 

AND AND I wish spell check and auto correct recognized or allowed horticultural words.  It tries to force my writing into something else.  Like scapes must be scales to auto correct.  Yes, I know small problems in a first world country.    

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