Thursday, July 9, 2015

Slogging for Beauty

Slogging through a very wet yard and a mosquito count too high to have numbers as I deadhead, photograph and admire my flowers.
Hemerocallis "Ice Carnival"
"Ice Carnival" is a 6 inch near white (light yellow) with green throat, diamond dusted and ruffled.  Very fragrant.  Dormant.  Diploid.  Mid season and rebloomer.  Extremely hardy and increases quickly.  High bud count.  Was awarded the Award of Merit, Honorable Mention and Junior Citation.
Hemerocallis "Klehm's Red Ribbon"
"Klehm's Red Ribbon" is one of several I have hybridized by  Roy Klehm.  It's 5 1/2 inch and has wide rich red blooms with a small green throat.  Often the petals are ruffled with a thin white outline.  28 inch scapes.  Mid season.  Semi evergreen and very hardy in my garden.  Husky tetraploid.  High bud count.  The glowing chartreuse eye makes this red stand out.
Hemerocallis "Miss Amelia"
"Miss Amelia" was abused from the day she was planted in my yard.  First (I was new. OK?) I planted at the corner of two driveways where it had been compacted to the consistency of cement.  When I finally moved all daylilies out of that area, the "gutter contractor" thought he knew better than me and rigged up this fancy system that flows directly on this flower.  I then rigged up a diverter which pretty much shaded it.  After many years of pouting/near dying, it blooms in spite of all that's been thrown its way.  

A 3 1/2 inch near white/very pale yellow with green throat and some ruffling.  30 inch scapes.  Early season and reblooms.  Semi evergreen.  Diploid.  Fragrant.  Substantial flowers bloom over an extended period.  

Some experts call this flower "MayMay" and debate credits and facts (yes, even daylily people have their share of organizational posturing.)  Firm fact:  it's one hardy little lily.
A garden oddity.  Here in our area, last evening was the coldest July 8th in history.  In addition, it had rained most of the day.  This morning many daylilies hadn't died from yesterday.  They will get there as the day moves on but the plants had both today and yesterday's flowers.  Some went through the process as always but most did the odd thing.  I'm thinking/guessing, it was the cold night that slowed the process.  
"Siloam Double Classic" is an example of the odd behavior last evening.  Four of the seven flowers are from yesterday.

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