Orangeman is a daylily, Hemerocallis ‘Orangeman’, new this year to the Fairegarden, purchased from Old House Gardens, a good place to find old cultivars of heirloom garden stalwarts. We also bought Hemerocallis ‘Corky’, but he doesn’t seem to feel like blooming just yet, but that’s okay. Gardeners know that patience is part of the job description. Above: Orangeman daylily. First photo: Papaver orientale, Second photo: Lilium ‘Buff Pixie’.
It seems out of whack to be talking about daylilies and lilies blooming in early May, but there it is, there are some blooming, with many more buds coming along. We might as well just ride it out and see what comes next. Orange is a color that may be au courant right now, (oh, how I hate the thought of colors or plants being in style or a trend, but it helps some folks make a living, I suppose.) Above: Iris germanica ‘Tennessee Volunteer’, a passalong from dear neighbors, one of the last bearded iris to bloom here.
Included on the list of daylilies and lilies growing here, both have their own pages on the sidebar under Plants We Grow, Daylilies and Lilies are many, many oranges. There is even a section of the Azalea Walk dedicated to attracting butterflies and the color orange, led by the much favored butterfly weed, Asclepias tuberosa, seen above in a shot from June, 2008.
Many new lilies were planted this spring, after a fit of online ordering one dreary winter’s day, with choices made of oranges and whites. We like orange here and more whites were needed. All are up well, I am happy to report. Names were written on wine corks and stuck onto bamboo skewers to help with identification when they bloom. Photos will be taken and added to the plants we grow page as blooming occurs. Above” Lilium ‘African Queen’, a Chinese trumpet, blooming June 13, 2011.
As for the daylilies, the excitement builds as this is the third year for the cross made right here between two of our favorites. There was some blooming last year, with some real beauties. It is hoped that all fifteen of the babies will produce flowers this year so that naming can begin. Read about it by clicking here. Above: Number 15, the first to bloom last year, on May 30, 2011. It is budded up right now and will in all likelihood be the first to bloom again. Early might be included in the name.
Yes, dear readers, naming a new plant is as fun as growing it from collected seed from pollination done yourself. Almost. Above: Number 11, taken June 13, 2011. It sort of has a starburst look, doesn’t it?
Other posts about Orange:
Orange You Glad 2008
Orange Dreams 2011
*My apologies to Eugene O’Neill for taking liberties with the name of his play, which opened on Broadway October 9, 1946.