That’s Welsh, you know. Means “Awake it is the Day”. Which is sort of appropriate for Hemerocallis, aka daylilies.
My “proper” daylilies have decided to wake up all of a sudden. I’m trying a new imaging technique – just showing a single bloom and erasing the background. What do you think of this presentation? Let me know in the comments.
And here’s what’s open today:
And a mystery! I have a narrow border which was overtaken by white phlox last year. Not being a fan of lots of white phlox nor of the smell (can’t call it “scent”) of the nose-level blooms, I dug the lot out and turned the border over to various types of Crocosmia. I’ve never planted Hemerocallis in this border; moreover none has grown there before. So what’s coming up this year is first-yearlings. Now you’d expect first-yearlings to be fairly small and probably to not produce much in the way of flowers. But the ones I’ve got are almost as large as my two- and three-yearlings and have a fair number of buds filling up.
I’d assumed that they had piggybacked in on some of the pots of Crocosmia I’d bought from a particular nursery but that nursery assures me this is not possible.
But, not to be thought tardy, one of the mysteries has started to open today. It’s a brilliant yellow. No sign of patterning but if the bloom opens fully tomorrow, something may be revealed. Such excitement. And such anticipation.
It doesn’t look like any of the daylilies I’ve planted and I’ve absolutely no idea where it came from. But I’ll leave it in place and enjoy it. And will wait and see what mysteries 2 and 3 turn out to be.
These blooms were subsequently doctored by removal of their anthers. Just as with lilies, the pollen of daylilies is toxic to cats (all parts of lilies and daylilies are toxic but unless a cat is a nibbler of plants, it’s the pollen that poses the greatest risk). I have no desire to cause injury to resident cat.
It’s surprising how many people don’t realise that pollen can fall from a bloom onto the cat’s coat and then get ingested as he (or she) grooms. The result can be chronic kidney failure. The window of opportunity for treatment (which won’t be cheap) is at most a couple of hours. Then it’s a slow and painful death.
I’ll get off my soapbox now.