I saw this lily was on his last bloom, so decided to pick it and see how tall it was… When it popped out of the ground (fortunately just the stem) I thought it must be nearly 5 feet long, and sure enough, it is!
I don’t like daylilies. They’re big and bold and often crass. But all of these were gifts, and lots of people love them…
There’s a sixth vareity missing from this group of photos - a very deep dark red flower. Liver! I don’t like red flowers much (especially in this garden) but I have to admit that one is special. Striking.
Red is my least favourite colour in the garden, especially a hot, bloody red like this in 100° Italian heat and humidity. So of course this red daylily, a gift from German guests, has decided to spread faster than any other.
Bright yellow and hard to miss, even if they are the shortest variety of the Galeazza Garden. Just for shits and giggles I tried sowing seeds from these flowers last year, and they’ve made it. No flowers this year, but lots of green leaves.
On August 8th I photographed some daylily seeds, posted the photos, and then sowed the seeds. I had never tried this before, but they’re up! I can’t label them properly because they were a gift, and came without a name. The seedpod stuck in the pot reminds me what I’ve sown…
Hemerocallis ‘Stella de Oro’ or maybe H. ‘Yellow lollipop’
for my blogging friends who have participated in Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day for June 2011 - I’m 94th on the list this month. It’s just incredible how many garden geeks are out there posting stuff… but good to know I’m not alone, and we can appreciate and inspire each other, if no one else is out there peeking into our blogs!
As a general rule, I don’t like big flowers, and this kind of screaming yellow is definitely not my cup of tea, but here it is in all of it’s gory glory. Hard to miss, I say! And it’s very today - tomorrow no more. That’s why they’re called daylilies - their blooms are ephemeral. Pity there are so many on a plant! This explosion of friggin’ HAPPY colour will probably haunt me for a few weeks.
These words come to you straight from the RHS Encyclopedia, because there must be a fantastic new word or two for most readers:
Vigorous, free-flowering, compact, evergreen perennial. In early and midsummer, well-branched scapes bear remontant, circular, pink-tinted cream flowers, 10 cm (4 in.) across, with flat tepals, curved at the tips, and ruby-red eyes.
Love those remontant scapes. But is it really a H. ‘Siloam Virginia Henson’?
Do these colours clash with the whites, blues and silvers of the central courtyard? Yes, they certainly do - but near the pond and aquatic pots we let things slide a bit… these are the kind of flowers that I’d never buy, but don’t kill if they’re gifts from friends…