A Lily a Day….or Daylily

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Tiny dancing girls

Swaying, with long golden hair

In petal curtains.




Ever since that day when I first noticed a massive clutch of orange daylilies growing by the side of a country road – with their vibrant colour and abundance of blooms – I’ve had a soft spot for daylilies, or Hemerocallis as they are also called.

So naturally, when it came time to add some new perennials to my starting-anew-garden over 20 years ago, I had daylilies on my wishlist.  First though, I managed to find some of those orange ones that were growing “wild” along a little used road and not belonging to anyone…..and dug up a clump of them, just a small portion, for transplanting into my garden.  After all, I wanted them to feel included with the daylilies I was planning on getting from a nearby garden nursery.

When I went to the nursery, I ended up getting a more reddish coloured kind, an apricot-coloured one, as well as a pale peachy kind.  In that way all four look distinctly different even though similar in flower style.  I used to know their cultivar names, but over the years I have forgotten them.

The close-up photo above is of the peach-coloured daylily.  And below shows how it looks before the flower buds open up….with two more smaller ones growing in size to have their one day of blooming.


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The buds on this next one are from the apricot-coloured one.  Notice how the buds are more elongated and “pointy,” compared to the peach one.


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The six stamens on this one look like six graceful long feet wearing black ballet slippers, and the white pistil seemingly doing its own thing is ever so long!






Here is the peach daylily again….with a second flower to the right on the verge of opening up….and another smaller bud in behind.


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And finally, the one that started it all in my garden, the Tawny Daylily….collected from a “wild” clutch down a gravelly country road.




For this post, I did some research and found out that those orange ones, that have a tendency to naturalize over time, are called Tawny Daylily or Hemerocallis Fulva.

And in case you’re wondering, as their name implies, each flower blooms for only a day.




Wild Daylily


Blooming in July,

Transplanted from the roadside;

Familiar orange.


Note:  For years I had admired these orange daylilies growing wild in large patches along roadsides of farms and houses in the country, as well as beside small woods.  I had looked for them at nurseries but not found them.  Finally, a few years ago, I found a tiny clump along a roadside, nowhere near any home and decided to transplant it to a spot in my garden near the front of the house where I would get to see it more often.  Not only was the transplant successful, but over time this plant has flourished and grown into a good-sized patch, offering up a splendid show of orange daylily flowers every summertime for me to enjoy.