Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I love the Spring for so many reasons. One of my main reasons are my/our daylilies. Those cheerful yellow flowers just brighten up my morning. I grab a cup of coffee (well, usually my 2nd) and start the "grand tour". Then Mr. Dumpling will do the same thing and inevitably ask me..."Did you see the .....". With daylilies, every day really is a new day!!
Today, let's cover some of our "recurrent, reblooming" lilies. The first we tried was the Stella de Oro. WOW! This is our very first bloomer every Spring and it really does bloom until the first frost. For Louisiana, that is at least 5 months of continuous blooms!
They grow quickly and we have already divided the ones we planted 3 years ago. These are the darkest yellow of the rebloomers. However, they probably give the biggest bang for the buck.
Happy Returns is a medium lemon color and blooms profusely! Overall, it is probably my favorite yellow but we don't have many of these. It's almost time to divide them tho.
Going Bananas (don't you just love that name?) is quite showy. It's the lightest of my lilies but blooms so profusely. They are taller and make a nice display around the fountain.
Here's a comparison of the three blooms for size and color: Left to right: Stella, Going Bananas and Happy Returns.
Lilies can be a lot of work. I go around each day pulling off the day old wilted bloom. You don't want them to make seed pods unless you plan on storing them. Seed pods will decrease blooms. However, I actually enjoy doing this. I know...I'm strange. This is a bunch of Stella's that need some work. See those pods?
No post is complete without a pic of Boudreaux/Boo/BooBoo/AngelBaby...Is he spoiled you ask?
And just so OnlySon doesn't get jealous, here's a pic of him and Miss E....one of my favorites.
Next week, we'll take a look at some of our really special lilies. They will just knock your socks off!
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