Places– of Charm

Most of us have favorite flowers, and mine are the common daylilies.

The Tawny Daylily (Hemerocallis fulva)

My grandmother grew them in her country farmhouse garden in South Dakota, and my parents’ summer home on West Lake Okoboji, Iowa abounded with them.  Today I ordered bulbs to plant here at our new house in Irvine, CA.


5 thoughts on “Places– of Charm

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Kathleen, I like the daylily dazzling colors, ability to tolerate drought. I can forget about them, and they thrive and multiply!

  2. Melinda Meyer

    True, Mary Alice, but I like the darker daylilies in deep red and purple.
    These need shade because their darker colors absorb heat.

  3. Now daylilies come in an assortment of shades, whereas they formerly were only available in yellow, pink, and orange. I like the old-time orange. Now the flowers can be found in many shades of yellow, pink, red, purple, and melon. The only shades daylilies are not available in are pure blue and pure white, which hybridizers are working on.

  4. Janessa Breckenridge

    I love them too! The botanical name for the daylily genus is Hemerocallis, which can be translated from the Greek to mean “beauty for a day”, and refers to the fact that each bloom lasts just one day. Daylilies are ancient flowers.

  5. Absolutely, Janessa. Each bloom may last only a day, each plant can have many flower buds on one scape (leafless stalk), and many scapes in each clump of mature plants. This results in bloom periods that can continue for several weeks. I like them to control erosion on a sloping bank.

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