It has been raining for the last 3 days so I’ve been running out to get pics of the daylilies blooming for the first time this season so I could show them off. Weather gets better I’ll need to do another day of showing off everything blooming.
So what was new over the last three days … some nice stuff. My wife had one of her favorites bloom (Princess Diana) which we waited patiently when we first saw it for it to go down in price until it was in the budget for the garden. Rocket Blast also bloomed for the first time this season today which is my favorite pure reds I’ve seen to date.
Lots of my own crosses blooming in the back test bed … but still not seeing anything worth registering. I was excited though to find out that with just a little more work my garden can qualify as an official daylily display garden. So when I get better from the surgery recovery … just a little more weeding and we can register to become official. Our garden has dips and tets, small, miniatures, spiders and doubles and we have enough different varieties (over 50 (our garden has 121)) and have them all labeled clearly … so looking forward to getting that distinction as there are only 10 registered daylily display gardens in all of Indiana currently (so it is not a common thing to get in my area).
Okay what is blooming new over the last three days:
This is a shot of one of our daylily beds in the garden. There are 50 different daylilies in this one.
Wild At Heart
Strawberry Patch – no red or pink on this one … just goes to show when you name your daylily it does not have to say much about what it looks like. 😉
Sarasota Night Eyes – this is one of our 4 miniatures which we show around our mailbox. Miniature daylilies are that are less than 3 inches in diameter. I like the thin eye on this one.
Rose for Charlotte – this daylily is a very tall spider. A spider is a daylily whose petal length is four times or more the petal’s width or more. If you are used to more common daylilies, some spiders can look really ususual. We have 3 spiders in our garden currently.
Rocket Blast – amazing red daylily and you can pick it up from nurseries that have it for not much $$$. A great addition to your garden. My favorite red daylily.
Princess Diana – one of my wife’s favorite. Did not open all the way today … will get better image on a future blog pic.
Painting the Roses Red – really striking with watermarks (faded area of daylily) which for some reasons did not show well in the picture.
Italian Rivera – this was a gift for helping with some website work. Beautiful red with a thin white border.
Heartfelt Challenge – see the sign! You have to have those to become a registered display garden and mine just came in yesterday. Was like a kid getting them put together to run out and get them in the ground. (simple pleasures for simple men … I know … I know)
Green Dolphin Street – pretty green in the morning … sun fades to very pale yellow during the day
Forsyth Summer Snow – white, white, white. Daylilies cannot truly create true white, black or blue. However you can get daylilies that look white by getting either yellow or pink that is so pale that it looks white to the human eye. Forsyth Summer Snow is one the prettiest pure whites I’ve seen from the yellow side of the spectrum (Lipstick Halo is another in our garden that does it from the pink side).
Forsyth Indian Summer
Fairy Tale Pink
Dr Jerrold Corbett – pink with a great bright yellow ruffled edge.
Condilla – while spiders are not a form of daylily I really enjoy, my wife does not care doubles (which are daylilies that have a flower within a flower to use laymen terms for it) … so we do not have many in our garden (we have 4). However she does like Condilla which is another older daylily (registered 1977) but is a beautiful gold double. Simple but striking.
Buttered Popcorn – this is an old daylily (registered in 1971) but it is a beautiful yellow. If you drive through North Carolina, you’ll see them a lot as the state used them to line the major highways and interchanges. Seas of this bright yellow. It might be an older daylily but it is one I recommend having for your garden.
Seedling – purchased from Kirchoff/Morss gardens as it was not good enough for them to registered (too low bud count) but it is beautiful
One of my seedling crosses – Condilla x Starman’s Quest. Not good enough to register so this one is going to a neighbor as a gift as it is too nice to just throw into the composter.