Was it just a few years ago when I wrote that it was time for me to break up with them? What was I thinking? Everyone knows it's nearly impossible to get over a first love and daylilies are mine.
|many of them were variations on an orange/peach/pink/melon/apricot theme.|
- I loved them, especially the simplest ones. I appreciate the diamond dusted, haloed, doubled, ruffled plants, but, for my garden and taste, the graceful shapes of older varieties are best. I wouldn't have known this if I hadn't ordered a few of the busier flowered ones!
- Bloom time is relative...After 26 years of gardening in the Middle South I now understand that bloom time is relative... It's totally related to where you garden in North America (anywhere actually). Late here means end of June and if you're lucky maybe into July for some of the heirloom hemerocallis.
- Color descriptions are also relative. Someone's pink might be someone else's mellon.
I am so glad that we didn't break up after all. Instead, I expanded the Susan's Bed to give me more room for wildflowers and edited out all the non-performing perennials. I adore Monarda didyma but, there has never been a moist enough year to keep it blooming and my Susan's Bed is really a small garden. (Breaking Up Is hard To Do)
Compromise is a good thing! Now there's plenty of room for my first love daylilies and my soulmate wildflowers.
Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone." She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.