There are numerous daylilies, Hemerocallis sp. growing in the Fairegarden. Too many. The very best effort has been put forth to keep track of who is planted where and when they bloom. There are lists and maps galore in the thick zipper notebook of garden notes and journals kept and added to over many years. To be blunt, I am losing the zeal to know it all. Incredible, isn’t it? The above is most likely H. ‘Tiny Temptress’, but there is no guarantee anymore.
This much is known, there is a collection of the daylilies with smaller flowers, less than three inches across, that has been grouped together at the base of the Black Garden, close to the pathway for easier viewing of these tiny gems. Above is most likely H. ‘Lullaby Baby’.
When buying from reputable daylily dealers, we are lucky to have several within a short driving distance here, buying in bloom to make sure what the flower looks like, there can still be mix-ups. Passalongs are a whole other ball of tangled twine, with the giftor maybe not knowing for sure the name. Above is a fine example, a passlong from daughter Semi, who shares in the addiction of daylilies with her mother. The bare root box at the big box store said this was H. ‘Ribbon Candy’. It is not that, but research has led us to believe it might be H. ‘Siloam Baby Doll’. Why not call it that, they all need names anyway.
Some passalongs are easier to identify, even when passed along from two different gardeners, as is the case with H. ‘Little Grapette’, from Semi and fellow blogger MMD, Mr. McGregor’s Daughter. Thanks, dears! The small purplish blooms are unmistakeable on this floriferous cultivar.
This is the time of year when it is always feared that the camera is broken. The light is so intense and harsh, no matter the time of day photography is attempted, the results are often unsatisfactory. Now we know better, it is not the camera, thank goodness, but the angle of the sun. Recently there was an experiment to see if there could be a capture of the brilliant light being given by the creamy Royal Fantasy lilies in the pre-dawn. Failure, but a random shot of H. ‘Jason Salter’ showed true colors shining through.
Early morning finds the gardener playing the drag the hoses around game here, due to scorching heat and no precipitation. H. ‘Siloam Jim Cooper’ has caught the liquid in its petals, creating a fairy sized swimming pool, complete with diving board.
Lighting plays such an important role in the appearance of the daylilies, each flower open for but one day. The hues can and do often change as the flower ages by the hour, with darkening occurring in some, bleaching out occurring in others. Sun and shade affect as well, as shown in this image of the exact same flower as the previous photo, taken seconds apart, the second one uses my hand to shade the bloom. Yes, it is something of a contortion to do so, but art requires suffering.
Names including the words, little or tiny leave no doubt as to the size of these miniature beauties. The foliage is full sized, however. H. ‘Little Fantastic’ was the first purchase for the area dedicated to the mini daylilies. Shopping was done among the existing varieties for the smaller bloom sized plants that get lost and unnoticed when planted with their larger brethren. It has been better to appreciate the charms of each petite petal with them grouped together and close to the walkway. While most breeding is being done now for ever larger blooms, these wee ones are too sweet to sweep under the jungle mat passing as a garden here now.
Plants We Grow-Daylilies is a page on the sidebar showing all of the daylilies identified to the best of our ability. If the tags would hold the ink and we would quit moving them around, well, never mind. Neither is going to happen. There is only one thing to say about that: Onward.