Do you know what this is? Yes, indeed - it is daylily rust - the fungus feared and loathed by daylily growers everywhere. For the first time in almost a decade of its known existence in the US, it came to my garden in Michigan in the fall of 2010.
It creeped me out having it in my yard. I have heard hundreds of stories of this fungus, but can say I never saw it with my own eyes in person until it showed up in my own garden. I was wide-eyed and aghast at its appearance. How dare it show up here?! But, knowing our long, faithfully freezing Michigan winters would do its job killing it off, I was not afraid to take these pictures and show you what it looks like.
Don't get it on your hands or clothes and traipse through the rest of your garden. Don't send infected plants to others. Don't blame the grower for your infestation. Get educated and don't believe everything you hear. Do your own research.
Daylilies might be called the "perfect perennial," but we do have our battles to fight. I just hope we stop starting the battles with one another and throw our energies at something worth eradicating, like daylily rust.
Since the rest of this post was slathered with pictures of yukky stuff, I thought I would add a few nice ones to close it out. I hope you enjoy - and hang in there, although it snowed here yesterday, I know SPRING IS COMING!!