Daylilies Begin 2009

June 3, 2009 008It is time once again for the showing of the daylilies that grow here at the Fairegarden. The brilliant idea of adding the names inside the photos came in a dream. That will be better for my record keeping and better for those readers who only look at the photos rather than read the text, you know who you are. These will be shown in order of bloom time, with the above Pardon Me leading the pack, as usual. This daylily was brought with us in the move from Texas in 2000, purchased at the Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham. June 3, 2009 019 The dead flowers could have been removed before the photos were taken, but we have often accidentally broken whole scapes off when doing that. It’s not worth the risk. Raspberry Rasper came from our neighbors, Mae and Mickey. June 3, 2009 009The unnamed roadside daylily is prized just like the other named varieties growing here. It is tall and carefree, planted amongst the tall grass Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’. This is a fine match. Pardon Me also grows in that area. June 6, 2009 001 One year the brilliant idea to have a section of the garden for the smaller flowered, or miniature daylilies occurred in a dream. Tiny Temptress was the first purchase, from our friends at Sunshine Hollow, for that bed. Other smaller daylilies were moved from various parts of the property to find a more suitable home with others of their same stature. June 8, 2009 009 My daughter Semi, who has a thing for daylilies and has been joining me on the yearly treks to Sunshine Hollow, shared Cosmopolitan with me. It is another of the minis and the color is reminiscent of the martini drink. We try not to buy the same daylilies, knowing they can be so easily shared, yet sometimes we simply must both have one and can’t wait for it to grow to division size. Not very thrifty of us, but we are helpless to the charms of these flowers. June 8, 2009 015 Another passalong from Mae and Mickey, Ruby is a strong grower and really is prettier than this too sunny photo reflects, a darker deeper red. June 8, 20092 014 All Fired Up was the first purchase made from Champion Daylilies, a grower who lives in a suburban neighborhood on the road to Semi’s house from the interstate. The gardens behind his home are phenomenal, with raised beds around the edges of gravel paths lined with pots of daylilies. He is breeding his own cultivars and has some fantastic specimens. Needless to say, Semi is a frequent visitor and is often gifted with free plants for her loyal patronage. June 8, 2009 008 Another of the small flowered set, Jason Salter is a passalong from Semi. I am not sure where this one came from, she may or may not know either. June 8, 2009 003 This segment will end with a masterpiece of breeding, Golden Globes. From the name, one would think this would be yellow, but the colors are fabulous and the flowers large and numerous on tall thick stalks. This came from Sunshine Hollow.
When another handful of varieties opens, the daylily posts will continue. Keeping up is sometimes difficult, but someone has got to do it.

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42 Responses to Daylilies Begin 2009

  1. Sheila says:

    The daylilies are lovely! It is amazing you still know all their names. I have a terrible time with daylilies for some reason. I can remember the roses and iris, but never the daylilies! Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks so much, Sheila. I have charts, lists, and more lists of the daylily names. There are tags stuck in the ground to help us too, but it is a struggle. Glad you enjoyed part one, there will be more to come later. πŸ™‚

  2. tina says:

    No better person than you to post these wonderful daylilies with all the wonderful types you grow. They are most lovely.

    Thanks sweet Tina, it is exciting to see each variety open and remember the name! The newer purchases get bigger and have more flowers each year too. :-


  3. Jan says:

    What lovely daylilies. It was a good idea to put all the small-flowered ones together. I just may have to consider doing that, too. Tiny Temptress is gorgeous.

    Always Growing

    Hi Jan, thanks. The little ones were getting lost among their larger companions, having them grouped together has been much better. They are all so cute, too. I always look at the little guys when we go to the daylily growers, even though they make less splash in the garden. Do give it a try. πŸ™‚

  4. Lona says:

    I love the lily with the white astilbe around it. The astilbe just makes it pop even more.

    Hi Lona, thanks. I love the white astilbes, they make great back up singers to the star performers. πŸ™‚

  5. annetanne says:

    Have you ever tasted daylilies? Yes, these flowers are edible, and some of them really have a very good taste… a little bit sweet, but not too much…
    They can make a lovely addition to a bowl of saladgreens…

    Thanks for that, Anne, I had no idea! How colorful a salad would be with these beauties in it! πŸ™‚

  6. Gail says:

    Frances, I love your labeled daylilies, and will continue to read the text…but you already know I sometimes miss details;-) How sweet to have so many reminders of Mae and Mickey’s garden. Gardeners are generous and sharing folks. I’ve been looking at/for photographs of last year’s daylilies and realized that I missed most of their bloom time when we were at the beach! No beach time this summer~~maybe this winter. Thanks for the suggestions, and gentle reminder. You know me too well! Gail

    Hi Gail, thanks. The daylilies have a new meaning now that it is only Mickey gardening down the street, sadly. We used to miss the daylilies too with the beach trip. We are going later in the summer, good for the daylilies, bad for the tomatoes! πŸ™‚

  7. Darla says:

    I’m kind of busted here. I do read your posts, I sometimes do not understand it all as I am not quite the seasoned gardener that you are. That only leaves me to comment on the gorgeous photos your show… I have often thought of having a Daylily area, but then again there is something special about having them all throughout my yard. I only have the lemon yellow and the double orange, didn’t see the double orange in this review, I will glady share one. I had a garnett and gold color, don’t know what happened to it. Do you have any of the ones that bloom several times? I do not dead head mine either..

    Hi Darla, you are not alone in only looking at the photos and speed reading the text, that’s okay though, really. I was just teasing. Having the daylilies in various places is done here too, but I am trying to keep certain areas with the name stakes for identification. There is a bed in the front along the street where the extras are stuck, no names or cares, survival of the fittest. That will end up being the best display of them. This is just the beginning of bloom for them here, you are so far ahead of us, we may have some of the same ones. I do have the double orange, Lusty Leland, from our neighbors. Thanks for the kind and sweet offer. Some do seem to bloom over and over, especially Pardon Me. There are Stellas around, I tried to give them all away for they need dividing too often, but never get the whole root so they grow back. It is not easy keeping track of who is whom. This year will be better in that department, for some on my list seem to have disappeared. My neighbors gave me many reds that are similar and the name tags have been lost so I try to go by the planting chart I made originally, but they seem to move around on the daylily hill. πŸ™‚

  8. RainGardener says:

    All of your Daylilies are beautiful. I only have some yellow ones (blooming now) that someone gave me. I really need to look into buying some more as there are some really gorgeous ones I’ve seen.
    Love the way you’re putting the name of the flower on the picture. I’ve started putting the names in the photo (jpg) name to help me remember but your idea is much better for quick reference.
    Great photos!

    Hi RainGardener, thanks and welcome. There are so many amazing daylilies out there now, many are way too expensive for our budget, but with several growers in our area in Tennessee, we can still find some affordable pretty ones. I used to put the names in the jpg too, this way seems better. I still keep an unaltered photo for my files too.

  9. Randy says:

    All Fired Up and Golden Globes are just flawless. I know you have a large collection, I hope you will continue to post them.:-)

    Hi Randy, thanks, those are certainly looking good at the mo. At last count of the list, it was 73, but some have gotten mixed up, those original 25 from my neighbors have many similar reds that have lost their tags. This is the year they will be listed on a seperate page on the blog. I intend to do that for all the plants groups that have several named varieties. So far only the deciduous azaleas are posted, but I am working on it. πŸ™‚

  10. commonweeder says:

    I just visited a garden that had daylilies artfully combined in the perennial beds and I’ve been inspired. Most of mine are in a higgeldy piggledy bed, names forgotten. Even the red daylily I bought at a recent plant sale was only marked “Red – Excellent”. None of them will bloom for a while, but I have plans to buy a couple more. With names.

    Hi Pat, that seems a good selling point, excellent, on the label! I finally found a good marking pen that does not wash off, step one! HA πŸ™‚ Happy hunting for you new daylilies, there are an astounding number of beauties out there.

  11. Phillip says:

    We have so much shade now that our daylilies have suffered. Yours are so beautiful. I love “Golden Globes”. I think I actually have “Pardon Me” but I have no idea where it is. My record keeping isn’t that great with daylilies.

    Hi Phillip, thanks. My daylily hill is getting shadier each year too. The newer gems are in sunnier parts of the garden, like Golden Globes. Pardon Me is so early here, it is easy to identify. A concerted effort is being made to get them all labeled and located on a chart this year, must quit moving them! πŸ™‚

  12. Janet says:

    It is so hard to pick favorites, but I am leaning towards Tiny Temptress. I see beds with rivers of one color sweeping through and I like how that looks, then I get home and have ten different colors of blooms…usually one or two of each. Can’t sweep through with one or two plants. Yours are lovely.

    Hi Janet, thanks. No river of one color here, although that was design number one, all reds on the daylily hill and the others spread hither and yon. Now it is more of a collection, like you say, one of each. For now. πŸ™‚

  13. Katarina says:

    Yout Daylilies are adorable. I particularly like Tiny Temptress – the colouring is lovely.
    What a brilliant idea to put the name of the lilies in the photoes!

    Hi Katarina, thanks. The little ones are so cute, aren’t they? It seems so obvious now, to have the names in the photos, really saves time keeping track of them too.

  14. Catherine says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that dreams about blogs or gardens or organization methods πŸ™‚
    I only have one daylily, so I enjoyed seeing the variety you have, they are all so pretty.

    HA Catherine, good to know at least two of us are like that! It makes us seem more normal. And only one daylily? May I ask what your pretty yellow is? πŸ™‚

  15. Tessa says:

    For some reason I am craving a bowl of sherbet ice cream now :). Just beautiful, as usual, Frances! I am looking so forward to seeing mine in bloom now. Happy gardening to you.

    Hi Tessa, thanks and the same to you. The colors on the daylilies, Golden Globes in particular do seem good enough to eat! πŸ™‚

  16. lynn says:

    Count me in as an admirer of Tiny Temptress..she will have to go on my wish list! Other than Stellas, my earliest buds are on “Eenie Weenie”…blooming any day now..can’t wait! I’ve been waiting for your Daylily Show, Frances…thank you!!

    Hi Lynn, thanks to you for those kind words. Eenie Weenie, what a great name! πŸ™‚

  17. Catherine says:

    Frances my yellow lily is nameless. It came with the house, but it has since been divided and spread throughout the garden and my sisters. I have a picture of it in one of my recent posts. Maybe you would know what it is.

    Hi Catherine, I did look at your yellow, but there are so many cultivars, thousands, and many are similar. Just a guess would be Hyperion, a tall fragrant older variety that also came with our house.

  18. Racquel says:

    You have some beautiful selections in your garden Frances. I love the vibrant sunrise colors of “All Fired Up’, but ‘Golden Globes’ is striking too! πŸ™‚

    Hi Racquel, thanks. Those two are some of my newer ones. I tend to go daylily shopping as soon as the season begins, which means I come home with so many early season bloomers. A trip needs to be made mid and late to extend the bloom period with some newer fancier colors. Ah, such a hard task. πŸ™‚

  19. Beckie says:

    Frances, love the dream inspired identification. I have had a few aha! moments from dreams too. Like you-sort of, I have a dayliliy area that I am slowly adding too. I di have a few scattered around the other beds for an wxtra spot of color. Raspberry with the white astillbe is beautiful! Will be looking for more great colors from your gardens.

    Hi Beckie, thanks. Glad to hear your dreams reap results! HA If you could see the mass of daylilies in bloom at the grower’s farms, you would want to put them all together too, but of course they have hundreds if not more. A real show.

  20. RobinL says:

    Oh, your daylilies are quite beautiful, but I think I like All Fired Up the best! My daylily collection is limited to Little WineCup and the classic Stella D’Oro. Dull! Perhaps this could be remedied! But where will I plant them? I always find room somewhere!

    Hi Robin, thanks. I love Little Wine Cup, daughter Semi has that one and needs to share! There is always room to be made for more daylilies we have found, too. πŸ™‚

  21. Siria says:

    Oh Frances…your daylilies are just gorgeous. I have quite a few, but nowhere near the number you have! I just love Fired up and Golden Globes…I must look for those. I have been trying very hard to keep track of the names since I have been “garden blog reading”, but I need to work a little harder on that! πŸ™‚ With all the rain we have had, my daylilies are really doing great! Can’t wait to see the others in future posts.

    Hi Siria, thanks. It is not easy to keep track of the daylilies. I have the list of names, but where they are planted is another story since some were moved several times, then pieces remain in the original spots, many reds look exactly alike, etc. But it is fun to see the swollen buds open and try and identify them. We did have good rains earlier, but they seem to have dried up here lately. Good for photos, bad for the plants.

  22. LindaLunda says:

    Nice… werry werry WERRY NIIIICE :o)!

    Hi Linda, thanks, so nice to see you. Glad you liked the daylily part one show. πŸ™‚

  23. Chandramouli says:

    The faeries in your garden must be really happy to have such riot of colors around them! Beautiful shots, Frances!

    Hi Chandramouli, thanks. We do try to keep the fairies happy here, and they do like color! πŸ™‚

  24. gittan says:

    Hi Frances, those Daylilies are gorgeous! As always a bit earlier than mine. Here it’s only Stella D’Oro that’s blooming yeat. Amazing how many diffent Daylilies there are! I haven’t got any of the ones you’re showing today. Still looking for new ones, and the collection keeps on growing =) I’m lucky, since the carpenter loves them to he helps keeping his eyes open for new ones that we haven’t got.
    Is it possible NOT loving Daylilies?
    Now I have to read your latest posts. I haven’t had much time for blogging lately since we have had Nathalies prom and graduation keeping us away from computers and garden. Hope you’ll have a great day / gittan

    Hi dear Gittan, many congrats on your daughter’s graduation and other festivities! I know how much you love spending time with your family. I know how much you both love daylilies and hope you will enjoy what is to come. Last year a big redo of the location and labeling took place for the daylilies and it is hoped the show will be better and the identification easier. πŸ™‚

  25. Kathy Stilwell says:

    Hi Frances,
    As usual, I enjoyed your post and your daylily photos. It’s such a lovely selection with so many possibilities. I use mine to edge some of the garden areas. They even grow in gravel!!

    Hi Kathy, thanks so much. We have found nearly everything wants to grow in the gravel here, sometimes better than the flower beds. πŸ™‚

  26. Hi Frances

    What a great name, Raspberry Rasper, and colour.

    No doubt Calamagrostis β€˜Karl Foerster’ and daylilies make a superb combination.

    Great reading. Cheers


    Hi Rob, thanks, it is a catchy moniker, isn’t it? There is little that doesn’t look good with our friend Karl. And thanks too for those kind words. πŸ™‚

  27. Frances, I just love orange. And red, and burgundy, and yellow, and various combinations thereof. My tiger lilies have buds, too! πŸ™‚

    Hi Monica, that’s wonderful. Are you one of those who call the daylilies tiger lilies? We have friends, also from Michigan who do so. We always refer to the Lilium tigrinums as the tiger lilies, but who’s keeping track of such things? HA

  28. Dave says:

    They look great! Was Pardon me the one you shared with us last year? I split it into two plants last fall and it is basting out blooms right now. I’m really enjoying it!

    Oh I’m so glad, Dave. Yes, it was the robust Pardon Me that was shared with you guys last summer. It is the first to open, last to stop and can be divided indefinitely, what a trooper. That’s why it got to come live here from the Texas garden. πŸ™‚

  29. Kathleen says:

    Great idea inserting the name on the photo Frances. Day lilies are something I’ve never gotten into ~ I don’t know why they don’t appeal to me?? Probably we all have plants like that? You have such a variety and of course photograph them well. Maybe someday you’ll convert me!

    Hi Kathleen, thanks. I suggest you visit the Sunshine Hollow website. You can search by flower color, height, etc. A friend’s sister who lives in Denver went with us to the daylily farm one year and really loaded up. It helps to see them in bloom, but the photos give you an idea of colors. If those pictures don’t convert you, you are unconvertable. And if you were to only get one, Pardon Me would be the one, for length of bloom time and ease of care. The red goes well with everything, too. πŸ™‚

  30. Nancy Bond says:

    I can’t believe it’s been a year since we looked at these beautiful blooms — doesn’t the growing season sneak up on us quickly?!! Breathtaking, as always — one of the loveliest plants in the garden.

    Yes, Nancy, it’s that time of year again for us. Summer is steamrolling its way through Tennessee and we will actually be thinking about fall bulb ordering soon. Of course some of us extra early go getters already have their orders placed. Some varieties sell out quickly we have learned. πŸ™‚

  31. Amazingly lovely! I just love them! Kim

    Thanks, Kim, so glad you enjoyed them. There will be more, I promise. πŸ™‚

  32. Truly beautiful. Golden Globes is gorgeous – so rich.

    Hi Happy, thanks, that is a really nice one. It is the work of breeders from Tennessee, the Doughertys. I hope to add some more of theirs this year.

  33. Joanne says:

    They look good with the ferns.

    Thanks, Joanne. I had to go back and look for the ferns. That is the tall Dixie Wood Fern, Dryopteris australis, growing on the daylily hill. It has to be tall to reach up above the daylilies. πŸ™‚

  34. Rose says:

    A very clever idea to put the names on the photos (I don’t know how to do that!), but anyone who doesn’t bother to read your text doesn’t know what they’re missing! I remember now all the beautiful daylilies you had last year; I can’t wait to see the next installment of blooms.

    I really wanted to plant more varieties of daylilies this year, butit means digging up a new flowerbed and time and lack of energy kept me from it. Maybe next year… You are so lucky to have growers nearby with such outstanding selections.

    Hi Rose, thanks. On your photo program, look for *add text* in the toolbar. That is how I put the blog name in the photos too. Maybe you could try the newspaper layered lasagna method of bed making. Just lay the papers over the grass, wet them down and add a load of mulch and topsoil. As for the growers, the big one, Oakes Daylilies is also nearby, but their prices are much higher and they are a little farther than the ones mentioned.

  35. Kathy in Napa says:

    Frances, I planted several new DL’s in 07 after
    lurking on the Gardenweb Daylily Forum (those folks are not playing around) and I am reaping the benefits this year – they seem to stabilize color-wise after a couple of years, and so many scapes ! I will investigate ‘All Fired Up’ which looks way cool to me !

    I grow roses and the Daylilies always show up just when the roses are starting to look sad, and then come the Dahlias..

    Hi Kathy, thanks for that tip. I have seen the gardenweb on google searches sometimes, but haven’t had time to learn more. I agree that the daylilies do much better the second year after planting. We added some more Dahlias this year too, in an new experiment that will be written about later. Love those blooms.

  36. Titania says:

    I love Daylilies and you have a fantastic selection. A good idea to write the names onto the photos. Do you grow evergreens or dormant ones in your area?

    Hi Titania, thanks. Why we didn’t think to put the names in the photos sooner, who knows? I already put the watermark there, so it is not that difficult. We grow both kinds here, but the evergreen ones look quite sad during the winter, not a good feature so we cut all of them down and apply mulch then.

  37. Dee says:

    Yeah, it’s tough work isn’t it? I loves my daylilies. You seem to love yours too. I’ll be posting soon. We’re are in the beginnings.~~Dee

    Hi Dee, I think we are about on the same page with the daylilies. I have a lot of early bloomers because I go to the farms early in the season. Realizing that we had fewer mid and late ones, we have been working on getting more of those as well. It is hard to wait though, and I want to buy them in bloom to see for sure what you are getting.

  38. Brian says:

    Frances, what special Hemerocallis! I’ve inherited many with no tags..too bad.Would you ever sell prints? I love the photo with the honeybee and the Hellborus, just lovely.Thanks for your diligence and time spent with your beautiful blog,it is so appreciated!! Brian

    Hi Brian, thanks. My photos are not for sale, for various reasons. But they are free for all to view on my blog. Glad you like it. πŸ™‚

  39. Ken says:

    Beautiful collection of daylilies you have. At first I glance I thought daylily “Jason Salter” was the cultivar “Artisan’s Touch” by hybridizer Carpenter (2002). Their quite similar. See a picture of Artisan’s Touch at
    Great idea about placing smaller daylilies in one area. I try keeping the taller ones in the back rows of our daylily beds. I also have a separate “breading bed” strictly for hybridizing. This makes it easy to get to them and limits unintentional cross breeding.
    Pick-a-Lily Gardens

    Hi Ken, thanks. I will check that out. I know there are many daylilies that are nearly identical to each other. Too many to keep up with. The farms where we buy ours are good with the names. They have a group where the tags have been lost that they sell for one dollar each. I like knowing what I am getting for some reason. We have had seedlings that are unique, but nothing worth anything. It is fun to see what nature crosses are made.

    • Ken says:

      And then there are the tetreploids made from the diploid daylilies. sometimes you think you are getting an original diploid cultivar when in fact its a tetreploid. We like sticking to the originals but admit to getting a few tets that are just too good to pass up. We have, knock on wood, not lost any identifications on our daylilies. We do a couple, as you said, “nature crosser” that we have sold for $1.00 each as well.

      Hi Ken, it sounds like you know a lot more than most about the crosses. For those who just want pretty daylilies in their gardens, $1 daylilies are perfect. We don’t have any of the real expensive ones here, except for Dave Rhyne, which at one time was $100. I see it is now much less. The prices do tend to come way down after the initial offering.

      • Ken says:

        I know what you mean, Frances, some of the prices for new introductions just amazes me. There is a lot of time and hard work invested in hybridizing just to finally result in those one or two offsprings that are worthy to register. We always wait a couple years after a new daylily has been introduced to see how well it performs and price has come down to a competetive rate. We have our own criteria when selecting daylilies, i.e. bloom size, unique color contrast, hardiness, bloom season & length of blooming, and potential breeding.

  40. Tabbie says:

    You’ve captured perfectly the spectacular beauty of early summer with these daylilies. Superb!

    Hi Tabbie, thanks for those kind words. So glad you enjoyed them, for there will be many more! πŸ™‚

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