Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
My friend Nicole and I share an eerily similar taste in daylilies. We like the unique, the eccentric, the road-less-travelled daylily introductions. Just when I think I've discovered something that is amazingly obscure…she's already heard of it. And when she sends me information on something new she found, quite often I've seen it somewhere along the way and have a picture to share. We share a lot, trade a lot, buy a lot, talk a lot and "do daylilies" a lot. She has her niche tastes and I have mine (she also collects some cool sedums and clematis and I treasure my lilium and miniature hosta) but overall, we like the diversity that the daylily brings to our gardens.
Have I shared some of my lesser-known beauties with her? Of course. (and she has done the same for me)
Do I tell her what I've found or seen on a tour? Totally.
Would I ever be so elitist to think that my garden is the end-all-be-all of daylilydom? Never.
Gardening is a hobby that quickly engrains itself in your soul and hydrates your very being. It’s a type of therapy you'd never get from Dr. Phil on a good day. Gardening is a common thread that binds some of the least likely cohorts together and makes them all the better for it. Don’t be scared to share – much like the perennials we all love, the karma created from sharing information or actual plant material is magnified and quickly replaces any sense of self-importance you may have.
No one appreciates your hard work more than a fellow gardener.
You just have to be secure enough to really let them in to your place in space.
Daylilies pictured above (from top to bottom): H.'Golden Hibiscus' , H.'Night Embers', and H.'Joan Derifield'
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I am a sucker for a peachy-pink polychrome daylily. Although the colors peach, pinky, melon, coral, salmon and the like are quite common in daylilies, the variety is amazing. Many collectors view anything peachy as 'the new yellow' in the category of "Daylilies to Avoid," I enjoy the subtle sherbert-ness of a good peach polychrome. During a recent presentation, even the famous David Kirchhoff said he avoids using the word 'melon' to describe any daylily.
What is a polychrome? The AHS Dictionary says: a blending and intermingling of colors without distinct bands.
This is H. 'Crown of Creation.' It is one of the first real toothy daylilies I paid big money for, and its coloration is sublime. Shades of butter, oranges, milk and creamsicle swirled together in toothy goodness. I already regret selling the whole clump last year to finance my daylily travels.
Below is H.' Harvest Moth.' It is a spectacularly large Klehm daylily. You can see (and buy) more of his daylilies here. I added it to the garden last summer after winning two fans at the live auction of the Region 2 Summer Meeting. This year, it has already multiplied to four fans and looks really healthy. It is tall, has a large bloom, is a wonderful combination of pastel yellow and peachy-pinks. These colors really shine in both the sunlight and the moonlight.
Color is such a fickle thing. Da Vinci is quoted as saying "the color of the object illuminated partakes of the color of that which illuminates it." Polychromes play to this quote fully. They do not have a tone or hue of their own, yet when placed next to something orange, they become more orange, or when paired with a complementary color, exhibit a different face.
Maybe thats why I like polychromes...they are mysterious and only occasionally revealing.