Juanita’s Picotee Delight from local daylily farm Sunshine Hollow.
After analysis of the way that these plants are used in the garden, it has been realized that this is a collector’s garden, rather than a design. Why do we try to have only one of each of these beauties when we should be using the color’s like a living painting. The portraits shown would lead the reader to believe that the garden is chock full o’ flowers, when it simply is not so. A photograph of each cultivar is taken, several if possible, to have a record of when the flower opened on each plant. This has been done since the first digital camera came into our possession. But why? What is the goal of having so many different named types? This isn’t the way the rest of the garden has been planted. The view from the windows and deck in addition to the following of curving paths lined with pleasant if not stunning combinations has been the vision. All these daylilies don’t fit into views or visions, but they should. Looks like we need to get to work again. Surely a better display can be planned to enjoy the individual varieties while blending with the other perennials and shrubs in these beds.
White Opal, from Sunshine Hollow, was one of several whites purchased when it was noticed that all of the daylilies were dark colors, mostly reds given by Mae and Mickey. We needed some contrast on the daylily hill with the addition of lighter colors.
The colors on Savannah Art, from Sunshine Hollow again, are a soft blending and look good in the bed with the orange butterfly weed and gaillardias.
This is a better use of the daylilies, in a cohesive design. From M and M, My Ways. So many of these reds look alike, I am a little unsure of who is who.
An old variety, Hyperion.
This one came with the property and was called Elrod yellow, the former owner’s name. After research, this tall, fragrant almost spidery form leads us to believe it is Hyperion. Can anyone out there veryify that?
Not a white, but the palest of pink, is Lullaby Baby, Sunshine Hollow.
Free Yellow, from Sunshine Hollow. The name for this was on a tag, but the ink has disappeared and our journals did not record the name. Those lazy journals.
Elrod Purple, another daylily living here when we took over management of the land. Addie Branch Smith, from Sunshine Hollow.
During my melon phase, Heavenly Treasure from Sunshine Hollow.
From the nursery down the street from offspring Semi, Champion Daylilies, comes our best white to date, Innocent Bystander.
The first purchase from Sunshine Hollow, Emperor’s Dragon.
From M and M is Chicago Regal.
Another of the Chicago series, Chicago Brave from M and M.
Not one of the more perfect specimens, after a thunderstorm, of Swan Pond from Sunshine Hollow. This was the first white we bought, on recommendation from one of the owners.
Red Volunteer is robust and floriferous, from M and M.
Saving the best for last, this is the newest blooming daylily from a recent trip to Sunshine Hollow, Royal Butterfly. There will be more written about that trip, and photos from their farm soon. Some daylilies bloomed while we were at the beach and we missed getting a photo. Absent are Night Beacon, Matthew Martin, Siloam Uri Winnifred, and Pandora’s Box.