June in the Fairegarden is mostly about daylilies, Hemerocallis. We are sorely smitten by them. Ease of cultivation, endless variety and the existence of several daylily farms nearby have worked together to help us build up a substantial collection of nearly one hundred different cultivars. Finding uses for them in the garden De-Sign has proven something of a challenge, but we keep trying. , a passalong from neighbors Mae and Mickey looks pleasing with the spent stalks of Astible arendsii ‘Fanal’.
from our new favorite source for daylilies, Champions sports the watercolor blend of colors that always appeals to our sensibilities. Really, choosing favorites is impossible, but this is right up there.
from Sunshine Hollow was added the year we were searching for more near white blooms to lighten an ever darkening daylily hill as the canopy of the silver maple expands from the severe pruning that was done in 2000 during the renovation of the property. It has since been moved with several others to the yellow/white garden and has finally settled in to begin living up to expectations.
is on the cusp of belonging with the miniature group, those with blooms of three inches or less, that have been gathered together in a bed of their own so as not to get lost amongst the taller varieties. From Sunshine Hollow, she was part of the bicolor search. We love her green throat, much more so than this image is showing.
At one time Sunshine Hollow was offering a free bareroot clump, segregated by colors of yellow, red or orange with each purchase at their farm. Feeling the need for orange that year, this remains one of the best daylilies we grow even though we don’t know the real name. It goes by the moniker . If anyone recognizes it, feel free to speak up!
We have never been attracted to the spider types, but something about made it jump into the cart at Champions last year. It was a smaller piece and has been placed in the moist ground under the garage deck until it grows large enough to join the other dark hued in the black garden.
A chance seedling planted several years ago has resulted in two different flowers. The darker and taller baby on the right appeared last year and was named . The smaller and lighter litter mate on the left is a seperate plant. There must have been a cluster of seeds planted at the same time when we noticed them on the mother plant.
Here is the proud Mama, . This was the first daylily purchased at Sunshine Hollow, well above what we thought a daylily should cost by the way, when we had just moved back to Tennessee after a three year stint in Texas. One other daylily, Pardon Me, purchased at the Antique Rose Emporium in Brenham, Texas was brought here as part of the Noah’s Ark group of plants in the gas guzzler at the time of the move in June 2000. Those two were the first plantings of Hemerocallis here. We are leaning towards the name for the new baby.
A very special daylily, named for the owner of Sunshine Hollow was added here a couple of years ago. A post about it can be seen by clicking here-A Special Daylily From Sunshine Hollow. has all the traits one would desire in a daylily, color, form and vigor. We love how it blends with the LA hybrid Lilium ‘Royal Sunset’. It would be nice to claim that this was the aim all along, but that would be untrue, it is a lucky coincidence.
was used as the male pollinator in an experiment last year to produce our own crosses. Read all about it by clicking here-How To Repot Daylily Seedlings and other valuable info. Two females were used, Heavenly Treasure and Elegant Candy. There was germination and the seedlings were carefully grown in the greenhouse under lights last winter. They are now growing in a special bed with a heavy dose of compost in the soil. Sea Kelp has been used to fertilize them, something we don’t normally do. The plants here have to be tough, but we were hoping to speed up the flowering. The Emperor’s Dragon offspring took five years before blooming. These babies are numbered and will be named if and when they flower. It is hoped they will premier on this very blog, maybe next year!
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