Some good new flowers blooming today. I hope to spread some daylily knowledge through the posts on having daylilies as well if you want to get into adding them to your garden.
So the first step of each day when I walk through the garden is to deadhead. Since each daylily bloom only lasts one day, it is important to carefully remove the dead flower the next morning from the plant so that the plant can put its energy into other things (stronger roots, better future flowers, etc.). While you do not HAVE to do this, it will make your garden look better and be healthier. So the first step of today was to pinch off all the flowers from yesterday’s blog entry. Spent daylily bloom can be great composting material so if you have a composter add them to it.
Black Eyed Bully and Border Music. Seen yesterday’s blog so we’ll save space.
Calico Poly. I know this one bloomed yesterday as well. But it was a nice cluster shot of blooms today and one that is hiding on the right was a poly bloom and had the 8 petals instead of 6 that I mentioned yesterday.
Carolina Trilogy – This one normally has a vivid white border that was missing … hopefully a later bloom will show this off more.
Hill Street Blues. Tall flower with a very pretty faded eye. What is an eye? A colored zone on the petals and sepals of the flower just above the throat (center). In this case its the light purple area next to the green. Normally eyes are a darker color than the petals but in the case of the faded eye … it is washed out and creates a lighter color. My hydrid Key West Sunset (shown on the left of the blog banner) has a similar effect with its faded eye.
Malachite Prism. Love the strong triangular eye on this flower.
Mark’s Bouquet. This one is one of the few speckled daylilies. Where a 2nd color is on the petals and sepal but in a dotted fashion. This effect is referred to by many different terms such as dotted, speckled, and stippled. I personally use the term speckled. We have two speckled daylilies in our garden (Amethyst Veil being the other). Its a cool effect but so far its still fairly uncommon to see it.
Peasant King – one of my favorites. With yellow and purple being contrasting colors … this one really stands out with the dark purple with the cream yellow.
Sanford Intermezzo – okay it bloomed yesterday as well, but I really like the look of the picture so shrinking it would have been criminal.
Shipwreck Cove – similar look to Peasant King but it is a brighter white to go with the dark purple.
Unnamed Seedling – occassionally on my wife and I’s trips to nurseries … you’ll find they have seedlings they are not planning on registering available for sale often at great prices. Out of 200 seedlings, one might normally be different enough, have a good enough stalk, enough branching and bud count and a well formed flower to become a new daylily. Doesn’t mean they cannot still be beautiful in your garden if you pick them up. This is a cream flower that is in our unnamed seedling bed. It has a ruffled edge and a really great color .. even if it didn’t make the cut to get registered by the nursery we purchased it from.