Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Daylily:

            The Daylily is exactly that, a lily flower that lasts one day. Now if that were the life span of all the flowers produced on that plant’s flower stem it would not be a very impressive perennial. Thankfully, the buds come on at different times along that stem, and bloom as they come of age; another reason to give thanks is, they grow more than one flower stem.

            Daylilies belong to the genus Hemerocallis and are not true lilies. This Greek word is made up of two parts: hemera meaning day and kallos meaning beauty.

                For a perennial flower that  lasts only one day, the Daylily is one of the longest blooming in the perennial garden; lasting up to four weeks if the conditions are right; which is full sun, fertile draining soil, and a basketball free zone. I bring up the basket ball free zone because anything knocks a daylily bud off; they are quite fragile.

            They fear no drought, but can get a little nervous if in a grass sprinkling cycle.

            Heights vary from 12 inches to 4 feet. Stella d’Oro flowers start the blooming process in the spring and can go until fall, the others start up and stop anywhere in between these times depending on the variety.

            Flower colors are numerous, and added to yearly by horticulture growers. It is truly a main-stay in the landscaping.

           And lastly, if you think you have a “black thumb” try growing some daylilies, if you kill them your suspicions are true.

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