More and more day lilies or Hemerocallis, open their flowers during the month of July. They bring such colour to the borders while the roses are having a rest before flowering again. They are so easy to grow and don’t seem to mind my heavy soil which is good. When I find something that likes it, I try to find any cousins of theirs that might also enjoy the same conditions, hence I seem to have gathered quite a few over the years, but can’t remember many of their names unfortunately.
This is a small one that is on the rockery by the alpine scree.
Catherine Woodbury, I suppose I remember her name because there is a village named Woodbury near to us.
Canadian Border Patrol has been bought to remind me of my nephew and his family in Canada.
I think this is Gentle Shepherd, one of the whitest I have.
H. Stafford. My parents used to live in Stafford, so this one is easy to remember.
The clumps soon increase so even though each flower only lasts a day, overall, day lilies produce colour in the garden for a good month.
The only bad point about them is that they can be devastated by the Day Lily gall midge which is a small fly which lays its eggs inside a bud. In the photo above you can see the normal buds, but the one at the back shows how distorted it has become. Maggots develop and cause the bud to be inflated and unable to open properly. When the midge is old enough they drop to the ground and overwinter there. In spring they emerge as a fly and fly to daylilies to lay their eggs. By removing affected buds as soon it is obvious they have been attacked, the life cycle can be broken, but they need to be destroyed, never put them on the compost heap. It is suggested that they should be burnt or put in the freezer for a couple of days – I certainly don’t fancy doing the latter – no thank you!
A nice one to finish on, couldn’t finish with the photo of the deformed day lily! This one is up by the pond, but I can’t remember its name I’m afraid.
There are so many different day lilies, different colours, different shapes to the petals, spiders with very slim petals, doubles, singles, two tone or just one colour, frilly or plain – the choice is yours. I do deadhead them each day as I feel the clumps look so much nicer without the dead blooms hanging on, but there again, the choice is yours. There is no need for the colour to go out of the garden when the roses are past their best, day lilies can take up the baton along with Agapanthus and Crocosmia, keeping the colour going until the late summer flowers start their final fling.