Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Loving the Outdoors - Daylilies Part 1

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!

I'm participating in:

Outdoor Wednesday
Wednesday Wow Us


Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

beautiful outdoor shots of the day lilies..

Diana LaMarre said... Best Blogger Tips

I like that you have huge beds of the same color lily. I know that dead heading is a lot of work. I used to be able to keep up with all of mine, but now I have too many and there is no way I can get to them all.

I usually carry a pair of scissors and snip the ones that are in my favorite gardens. It can be relaxing after a day at work and gives me a chance to walk the gardens, like you do each morning, to see what's new.

Diann said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful lilies! I keep waiting for mine to bloom. Hopefully soon since we have finally had a couple of days of sun and not rain.

Christie, Describe Happy said... Best Blogger Tips

I really enjoyed your lily's ... the yellows are just so joyful! I'm glad you stopped by my blog so I could find you! See you next week and give your pup a hug from me... too cute!!

Patti said... Best Blogger Tips

Love those Day Lilies--they just keep on giving. Thanks for stopping by Pretty Old Houses. Please come again. I'll check back and see how your garden grows.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Now you know you couldn't post that you are in LA without me checking in on you and following you right??? Love those day lilies! So bright and colorful especially against the dark green! Beautiful photos!

Vivienne @ the V Spot said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the name of that going bananas lily and I love the lighter color. Now, do I understand correctly that I should pull off the old blooms and the seed pods...?

Mary Ann Kreitzer said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm a new day lily gardener. Two years ago I got some cuttings from my daughter's father-in-law and then bought some at Costco. They have already spread and I added a few Easter lilies from the after-Easter lily give-away at church. Now I plan to visit Thumper's Lilies near Winchester to pick up a few more. I want to have a wave of lilies in my side yard. They are Sooooo beautiful.