Wednesday, August 22, 2012
How can you tell that these flowers are my favorite?
This post will tell you. I am sorry to say that I have no room for more new daylilies (Hemerocallis). I love these flowers. They grow under neglect, are relatively pest-free (unless a colony of ants takes a liking to one), most are not invasive (there are some that walk in the flower bed, but most just keep a tidy clump), and they can be divided any time of the year (although I try not to disturb them while blooming). They are also good neighbors to most other plants. I have them in sun and part shade, but haven't tried them in shade-something with that many flowers seems to want lots of sunlight. Flava--wonderfully scented flowers on tall, thin stems (that's the one above--formatting is also not a strength I possess).
I also have tons of Stella d'Oro, a white one with a center ring, and apricot double-flowered one, and a few others that have finished blooming. Some I've had so long I forgot the names. This incompetent photographer doesn't have the know-how to set the camera, so the subtle color differences are more obvious. The un-named red ones are all different, distinct shades.
I just realized that I don't have a pure white one, nor a mauve one. Must check out the spring catalogue and do something about that. Which weeds will have to die to make room for these? quackgrass? dandelions? clover?