Six on Saturday 1.7.2023

Half the year gone already, how time flies! Yesterday we had some lovely gentle rain nearly all day, I just hope it got through all the tree canopies and they didn’t act as umbrellas over the plants beneath. I have cut back so many weeds this last week, the garden is looking a lot better and the gardener has clipped back all the box balls so they are looking very neat and smart once more. So many new flowers are now out, I think I’ll have to do another post mid week as there are far too many for today. I will just make my six about the Day Lilies that are flowering at the moment.

The names of day lilies, or Hemerocallis, have faded over the years I’m afraid, I just enjoy them for the lovely splash of colour that they bring to the garden at this time of year.

They come in all shapes and sizes, frilly or plain. They also come with very thin petals like spiders, but I don’t have any of those.

I know this one in Catherine Woodbury, don’t know why I’ve remembered her name and not others!

Nearly all of them have now formed rather large clumps, so maybe I could split them and spread them to other parts of the garden that are a bit quiet at the moment.

Because the clumps have so many buds on them, the whole clump is in flower usually for a good month.

This is a very small one, much smaller than a lot of them, nice colour too.

Another small one to finish with. I think the small ones could come onto the rockery where they will be seen better.

That is it for now, we had more lovely rain overnight which I know the garden will have appreciated, but so will the weeds! Thanks go to Jim at Garden Ruminations once more where you can see what is going on in gardens around the world. I wonder what July will bring!

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27 Responses to Six on Saturday 1.7.2023

  1. Denise says:

    So glad you’ve had that much needed rain Pauline, I am sure it will help a lot. Lovely selection of Hemorocallis. I don’t remember the names of mine either!

    • Pauline says:

      The rain has been very welcome Denise, we have waited a long time for it. Glad you like the day lilies, my excuse for forgetting the names is old age, but I don’t think that applies to you!

  2. Rosie Amber says:

    Lovely six, glad you had some much needed rain. We have has a sprinkle, but not enough.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Rosie, it was more drizzle than proper rain, we need lots more, but I believe more is coming Monday night, fingers crossed!

  3. Fred says:

    What a lovely collection of daylilies !.. I only have 2 in bloom right now ( 2 colours that you don’t have, in the orange yellow shade)

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Fred, I have been looking at more on line, so maybe by next year, I’ll have more in different colours, they seem to like my damp soil.

  4. Gill Heavens says:

    Horrah for the daylilies! All lovely, it doesn’t matter what their names are. And of course horrah for the rain!

    • Pauline says:

      Yes, indeed, I second that! It was lovely to have some rain yesterday and overnight, we have more forecast for the next few days so the plants and the gardener should be very happy!

  5. topdock says:

    Lovely daylilies! By any name they are still beautiful.

  6. Jude says:

    I featured two day lilies today, only one named. They do flower for ages as you said, but I wish they didn’t have so much foliage! I need to dig mine up and split them and relocate them too. A job for the autumn when they are no longer blooming.

    • Pauline says:

      I know what you mean by the foliage Jude, but I think its worth it for the flowers. A lot of mine sit in water all winter, or they have since my garden started flooding a few years ago, and they don’t seem to bother at all, they should be classed as bog plants! We’re both going to be busy in the autumn!

  7. What a wonderful collection of day lilies. I too have a Catherine Woodbury, although I’ve yet to see it flower. It seems to either wait until I’m not looking or is eaten by something! I particularly love your ones with the mauve shades.

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Catharine, good to know that you have some too. I wonder why Catherine is reluctant to flower for you, all mine seem to do extra well in damp spots, could she need more water by any chance? The mauve and purple ones are rather lovely, there are some really beautiful ones coming on the market at the moment, but with a price tag to match unfortunately!

  8. Graeme says:

    A beautiful selection of day lilies. Do the lily beetles go for them at all?

    • Pauline says:

      No Graeme, lily beetle don’t go for them, but I’m afraid they have their own problem, they have their own Hemerocallis Gall Midge which lays their eggs in the flower buds. These buds then don’t develop properly and have to be disposed of, but not in your compost, or the cycle continues. I remove any mis shapen ones when I’m deadheading so it isn’t a problem and they go in my green bin.

  9. Chloris says:

    They are lovely, do you find them invasive? Some of them, specially new American hybrids have such silly names that it’s perhaps best to forget them. I rather covet a new hybrid called ‘ Bellybutton Slipknots’, but I wouldn’t like to admit to growing something with such a silly name. It’s bad enough growing Hydrangea ‘ Pinky Winky’.

    • Pauline says:

      No Chloris, I don’t find them at all invasive, the clumps just get slowly bigger. I was looking at Strictly Daylilies website the other day and noticed Bellybutton Slipknots and thought that even though it is so gorgeous, I couldn’t buy it with a name like that!

  10. Sarah Rajkotwala says:

    Lovely daylilies in such pretty colours 💞🌸

  11. snowbird says:

    They are all such beauties! So pleased to hear you have had rain, it’s always so very welcome after a

  12. Cathy says:

    Those ‘streaky’ ones in particular are very pretty, Pauline. For some reason mine here just fizzled out although I did find the remnants of one some months ago, but unless it suddenly breaks into bloom I am not sure now where it is in the border! I am so pleased you have had some welcome rain – after our very welcome thunderstorms in mid June, we haven’t really had much in the way of rain since, but as the garden was well saturated then it is not noticeably dry again yet

    • Pauline says:

      Considering that quite a few of mine spent the winter under water Cathy, I think they must like it rather wet! We still need more rain, hopefully this weekend will provide it.

  13. Angela says:

    What a beautiful collection of daylilies! Just put in some tiny ones in my new flower garden and hope that they’ll form clumps as glorious as yours some day.

    • Pauline says:

      Thank you Angela, the day lilies take time to bulk up, but they will eventually, just give them time. My biggest clumps were planted over 20 yrs ago!

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